Winter Recipes

Cold weather calls for cozy, comforting meals. We're talking fall-apart tender meats braised in your Crock-Pot, warming soups and stews, hearty pastas, and more. We've also got plenty of healthy recipe ideas, including how to make the most of winter fruits and vegetables, including squash, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and all kinds of citrus. Don't forget to top off the season with decadent desserts, hot chocolate, and cider.

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Basic Chicken Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 377
Everyone has their own favorite chicken soup recipe, but rarely have so few ingredients added up to so much comfort. This version has classic flavors and, thanks to a simplified method, cooks more quickly than traditional chicken soups (the dish is ready in a little over an hour). There's no need to make a separate stock; the vegetables and meat form their own satisfying broth.

Baked-Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 3.5 stars 2559
Choose firm, smooth eggplants for best results when making this incredible dish. We bake rather than fry ours for less mess and less fat.

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Rating: 3 stars 2060
Making corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker is so simple. There's just 15 minutes of prep then the slow cooker takes over, cooking the meat and vegetables for about 5 hours on high or 8 if you use low. Add the cabbage wedges 45 minutes or 1 1/2 hours before the meat is finished, then they'll be tender but still green and delicious. We love this method because there's no need to watch over a simmering pot on the stove, it's the easiest way to make this St. Patrick's Day favorite.

Homemade Yogurt

Rating: 3 stars 195
Making your own yogurt may sound ambitious, but it's really not. All it takes is two ingredients and 20 minutes of hands-on time.

Everyday Vegetable Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 1800
This basic vegetable soup can be made with any combination of fresh or frozen vegetables, so the soup will taste a little different each time. The recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled to feed all the vegetable soup fans at your table.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Rating: 3 stars 6536
Get a head start on dinner with this fresh take on a slow-simmered, all-in-one meal that makes clean-up a breeze.

Chicken Fricassee (Fricassee de Poulet a L'Ancienne)

Rating: 3.5 stars 430
Also see our step-by-step photo tutorial for making Chicken Fricassee. A fricassee is halfway between a saute and a stew. A true classic -- with as many variations as there are grandmothers in France -- it relies on humble ingredients and just a single pot. It's the original French comfort food: simmered chicken with hearty vegetables in a rich, silky sauce. And almost as satisfying as the dish itself is having our one-pot master recipe in your repertoire.

Stuffed Cabbage

Rating: 3.5 stars 564
Stuffed cabbage is not only filling, but it's also simple to prepare. Our hearty stuffed cabbage recipe calls for meat, veggies, and more. Serve stuffed cabbage with hot tomato sauce and sour cream for the ultimate comforting winter meal.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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It often gets overshadowed by its popular neighbor kale, but Swiss chard is superstar in its own right, making a colorful, tasty side dish, or a nutritious addition to pasta, soup, quiches, and more.
Shepherd's Pie
Rating: 3.5 stars 780

You'll like the convenience of this comforting dish. Unlike other shepherd's pie recipes, this one calls for frozen vegetables instead of fresh and can be made the day before. Shepherd's pie has never been so easy—or so tasty!