During the cold months of the year, there are a variety of strategies you can employ to keep warm and cozy. You can crank up the heater, pile on layers of sweaters, or cover your home in fuzzy throw blankets. However, nothing will warm your whole body quicker than a piping hot meal. Not to mention, turning on the oven or the stove is a scrappy way to raise the temperature of your home (especially if you live in a small apartment).
If winter is seriously kicking your butt this year, don't settle for room temperature takeout. Instead, take on a few new warm recipes for winter that will heat up any chilly evening. Think traditional comfort foods like soups, pastas, and just about anything that requires you to crank up the oven. Try your hand at a homemade version of your favorite ramen bowl, make a healthy pasta alternative with spaghetti squash and broccoli, or whip up a delectable mushroom risotto.
Once you brave the grocery store for the ingredients, you can haul up indoors and get cooking. It's the perfect cold weather activity. Keep scrolling for 10 warm recipes made for enjoying during the winter.
Chicken Ramen Soup
Instead of braving the outdoors to go out for ramen, you can whip up a batch of the flavorful soup at home. This recipe for chicken ramen soup comes from The Modern Proper, and it's just the thing to warm you up on a cold winter's night. No need to be intimidated, the recipe is actually quite easy to follow. You'll make your own scallion chili sesame oil to serve with the soup that comes together on the stove in one pot.
Turkey and Wild Rice Pot Pie
Pull this recipe for turkey and wild rice pot pies out when you're hosting friends or family for dinner at your place. From Half Baked Harvest, the dish calls for traditional winter ingredients baked into adorable mini pies. Think fresh herbs, tender turkey, seasonal vegetables, wild rice, and flaky pie dough.
Green Chutney Chicken Enchiladas
A play on traditional enchiladas, this recipe from Playful Cooking incorporates green chutney instead of chili sauce to get that signature spice. Along with a green chutney sauce, the enchiladas are filled with cannellini beans, shredded chicken, seasonings, and plenty of cheese. Baked to perfection in the oven, you and your home are sure to warm up after preparing this meal.
Italian Beef Ragu on Pappardelle
Pasta lovers, this is the ultimate warm recipe for winter. It's from the blog Stuck in the Kitchen and is made with perfectly slow-cooked beef and pasta. A mouthwatering ragu sauce tops al dente pappardelle noodles for a luxurious comfort food to keep you warm any night of the week. Garnish with oregano leaves and freshly grated Parmesan.
Golden Sweet Potato Soup
Not your average soup, this recipe for golden sweet potato soup from Half Baked Harvest is topped with burrata and sage pesto. You'll purée seasonal sweet potatoes with caramelized shallots, thyme, butter, and coconut milk for a creamy soup. Then, for the finishing touches, add a dollop of burrata a fried sage pesto. It's healthy comfort food that will instantly warm you up.
Spaghetti Squash and Broccoli Alfredo
If you need a break from pasta this winter, try your hand at a healthier alternative. This recipe for spaghetti squash and broccoli alfredo from Spoon Fork Bacon will satisfy any hankering for creamy pasta sauce and deliver on a healthy portion of veggies. It's also incredibly simple to pull off. Just roast halved squash slices in the oven until tender and scrape out the flesh to make "spaghetti." Then, refill the vegetable with a creamy broccoli and alfredo sauce that you can make while the squash is in the oven.
Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls
For a homemade version of the popular Asian-inspired dish, try this recipe for teriyaki chicken rice bowls from Foodie Crush. It calls for chicken thighs, soy sauce, rice vinegar, rice, carrots, green onions, edamame, and sesame seeds for garnish. You'll also make a seven spice shichimi togarashi with a variety of flavorful seasonings.
Caramelized Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
This recipe from Minimalist Baker combines caramelized shiitake mushrooms, vegan parmesan cheese, and rice for a yummy winter weeknight dinner that tastes far more indulgent than it is. You'll need avocado oil, shallots, shiitake mushrooms, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), thyme, rice, dry white wine, and vegan parmesan to bring the dish together.
Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup
Tomato soup just might be the most well-loved winter dish. The foodie behind The First Mess puts a vegan spin on the classic with this creamy vegan tomato soup recipe. Without dairy, the soup gets its creamy texture from raw cashews or coconut milk that combines with the tomatoes, vegetable stock, shallots, and other seasonings. Serve it up with a sandwich to make it a full meal.
Rigatoni With Mushroom Sauce
This vegetarian pasta dish is the epitome of winter comfort food. It calls for a yummy sauce made with lemon, cream, vegetable stock, mushrooms, and dry white wine. Poured over rigatoni and topped with fresh herbs, it will warm you right up from the first bite (not to mention, your kitchen will smell delicious while you make it).