Warm Up with The Kitchen's Coziest Recipes

As the temperatures fall, you can keep the heat in the kitchen with these warming, comforting recipes for savory and sweet favorites alike.

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Leftover Beef Stew Ragu

You know those random few cups of leftover beef stew hanging out in the fridge? GZ turns them in a hearty pasta sauce you’ll love.

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Sheet Pan Roasted Tomato Soup

Warm up your insides with a bowl of Jeff’s creamy, herby soup. He uses sherry vinegar to bump up the tangy flavors.

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Korean-Inspired Braised Short Ribs

Served with creamy grits, these fall-apart-tender short ribs are flavored with the bold flavors of gochujang, lemongrass and red wine.

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Sunny’s Cumin-Rubbed Chicken Noodle Soup

A cup of this herby, spicy soup is sure to soothe the soul.

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Butternut Squash Chicken Pot Pie

Jeff uses canned butternut squash puree to boost the creaminess of this classic comfort food.

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Grilled Cheese with Chipolte Mayo and Bacon

Katie adds a bit of honey in the mayo to balance out the spice from the chipotle peppers.

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Chicken Meatball Casserole

With mini chicken meatballs, hearty pasta and a base of cheesy pumpkin sauce, Katie’s casserole is an all-in-one delight.

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Brownie Pecan Pie

This ooey-gooey treat packs plenty of crunch thanks to the chocolate chips in the filling and the decadent pecan topping.

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Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

By slowly cooking the short ribs in a flavorful bath of red wine, tomatoes and stock, the meat has a chance to break down and become tender and succulent. GZ likes to serve the beef and veggies with creamy grits for a next-level finish.Short ribs with polenta, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen.

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Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

All the components you know and love in a traditional lasagna, like pasta, a tangy tomato sauce and fragrant herbs, make their way into this warming recipes, but they're simmered in a soup instead of being layered in a casserole dish. And as for the requisite cheese, Katie Lee finishes each bowl with a blanket of mozzarella, provolone and nutty Parmesan that turns melty after a quick stay under the broiler.

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Buffalo Mac and Cheese

A generous splash of Buffalo sauce delivers a bold, tangy taste to the three-sauce sauce that coats the pasta, while add-ins like shredded chicken and (even more) blue cheese give a nod to the beloved wings.

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Game-Day Chili

Don't let the name fool you; you don't have to be watching football to enjoy Geoffrey Zakarian's hearty, meaty chili (though it will score touchdowns at your tailgate). He brightens up the bowl by serving it with fresh scallions, plus classic chili fixings like fragrant cilantro, diced tomatoes and shredded cheeses.

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Fettuccine Alfredo

For the most-flavorful pasta, GZ tosses the fettuccine in the Alfredo sauce before it's al dente. They'll finish cooking right in the sauce, which will gently thicken from the starch of the pasta. 

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Beef Stew

With plenty of hearty beef, plus tender new potatoes and fresh carrots, Katie Lee's fuss-free stew is the ultimate all-in-one dinner.

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Quickest Mac and Cheese

Ready to eat in only 10 minutes, this stovetop mac indeed lives up to its name. For the richest cheese flavor and a creamy texture, opt for a mix of cream cheese, sharp cheddar and American cheese.

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Mac and cheese meets lasagna in this over-the-top casserole, studded with hot Italian sausage for added heft.

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Smoky Black Bean Bisque

GZ looks to a pantry staple, cans of black beans, to serve as the base of his one-pot soup, which he makes smoky with ground chile powder and cumin. 

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Sunny's Dimepiece Mac and Cheese

There are no fewer than 10 kinds of cheese in Sunny's over-the-top macaroni and cheese. To keep the recipe both simple and economical, she opts for two kinds of cheese blends, which together offer nine of the 10 cheese varieties. 

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Veggie Lasagna

You won't miss the meat in Marcela Valladolid's big-batch lasagna layered with hearty vegetables, like earthy mushrooms and zucchini, plus creamy ricotta cheese and a fresh cherry tomato-garlic sauce. 

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Pizza Parlor Grilled Cheese

Bring the best parts of pizza — the bold sauce and decadent pepperoni — to a gooey-good grilled cheese with Katie's fuss-free recipe.

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Quick Chicken Tortellini Soup

Follow Jeff Mauro's lead and use ready-to-go cheese tortellini to save time in the kitchen when prepping his thyme-scented soup. Just before finishing the broth, he brightens it up with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of lemon zest.

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Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

Leave it to Sandwich King Jeff to mash up the traditional grilled cheese with another tried-and-true comfort food: the jalapeno popper. He sandwiches tender halved jalapenos with cheddar and rich mascarpone cheeses between slices of buttery bread.

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Ricotta Gnocchi

After you've prepped Geoffrey's light, airy gnocchi, you can either freeze them for a ready-to-go meal later, or serve them for dinner right away with his pancetta-studded tomato sauce. 

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Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Fork-tender and juicy, this hefty chuck roast is best blanketed with a rich gravy made from the beef's herb-scented pan drippings.

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Sunny's Tater Tot Pie

For an updated spin on a traditional shepherd's pie, Sunny Anderson swaps out the mashed potatoes and uses Tater Tots to top her casserole, which boasts a meaty layered filling of ground beef, Havarti cheese and veggies.

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Steel-Cut Oats

Oftentimes the chilliest part of the day is the earliest, and for those times, only a warming breakfast will do. Serve these stick-to-your-ribs oats with toasted pecans for welcome crunch and brown sugar for subtle sweetness.

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ground pork and veal, plus sweet pork sausage, make up the meaty components in GZ's cheese-laced meatballs. He gently simmers them in his Basic Tomato Sauce until they're tender before serving them with pasta. 

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United States of Meatloaf

Jeff opts for a tried-and-true three-meat combo in his top-rated meatloaf, which he ensures is extra moist and flavorful by adding a splash of whole milk. When it comes to the glaze on top, it's all about the balance of sweet and heat: A combination of barbecue sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar and Sriracha makes for tangy results.

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Frozen Ravioli Wonton Soup

Think all soups require hours of slow simmering? Think again, because this 20-minute showstopper is a go-to pick. Frozen meat ravioli ensures that the prep is minimal, while the soy sauce-laced broth promises plenty of bold flavor.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondue

On its own, chocolate fondue is plenty warm and silky, but in Katie's version there's the bonus of smooth peanut butter. Perhaps best of all, her recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare, so it's an easy pick if you're looking for a last-minute dessert. 

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