14 Winter Dinner Ideas That Will Keep You Cozy All Season Long

These hearty recipes are perfect for both busy weeknights and holiday entertaining.


Antonis Achilleos

It’s that time of year again when the sun goes down earlier, the weather gets chilly, and you have to bundle up just to venture out to your mailbox. And while the winter months can be cold and dreary, it’s the perfect time to slow down and gather indoors with friends and family. It’s also a great opportunity to whip up some delicious dishes that will bring comfort and warmth to your kitchen. One of the ways to make your home warm and cozy is to break out a Le Creuset or Staub and fill your home with a rich and comforting aroma of something that takes all day to cook.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a helpful list of recipes that is sure to satisfy any palate and preference. From vegetarian dishes like Spiced Sweet Potato Soup and Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Casserole, to hearty dishes like Southwestern Beef Chili and Butternut Carbonara, you’ll love cooking these five-star meals for your family all season.

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Winter Lentil Soup

Winter Lentil Soup
Kana Okada

Sometimes the most comforting meals are the ones that are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Whether you’re feeling under the weather or just need a veggie-packed dish, this hearty soup will do you wonders.

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Spiced Sweet Potato Soup With Pistachio Dukkah

Spiced Sweet Potato Soup With Pistachio-Seed Topping
Alison Miksch

If you’re a sucker for sweet potatoes, you’re going to want to make this silky, flavorful soup as soon as possible. Spices like cumin and coriander add warmth, while the pistachio Dukkah provides the topping.

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Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake With Brussels Sprouts

Cheesy sausage pasta in a serving bowl.
Caitlin Bensel

Why make boring roasted Brussels sprouts when you can add them to a delicious pasta bake? The combination of sweet Italian sausage, rich Gruyère cheese, and rigatoni is truly something to write home about.

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Ricotta Roll-Ups in Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

Ricotta Roll-Ups In Creamy Pumpkin Sauce
Victor Protasio

If you have yet to cook with pumpkin, here is a great recipe to get you started. While it may take a bit of effort, the subtle sweetness of the pumpkin paired with fresh sage, ricotta, and mozzarella makes these pasta roll-ups the dish of the season.

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Butternut Squash Carbonara

butternut carbonara
Antonis Achilleos

Trying to sneak extra veggies into your family’s dinner? Look no further than this butternut squash carbonara. It’s smokey, sweet, and perfect for a weeknight meal since it can be whipped up in just 30 minutes.

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Spicy Rigatoni alla Vodka

EXTRA SHARP: Spicy Rigatoni alla Vodka

Vodka sauce is undoubtedly loved by all. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s decadently creamy, full of flavor, and ideal for bread dipping. But keep in mind, this sauce is best enjoyed when made fresh and served immediately.

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Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potatoes, Beans, and Tomatoes Topped With Corn Chips in a Bowl
Con Poulos

There’s just something about slow-cooker recipes that exude comfort and joy. Not only is this low and slow chili simple to make, but the fresh ingredients and spice blend give it an abundance of flavor.

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Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn

Quick Dinner Ideas: Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn
Hector M. Sanchez

A warm, hearty bowl of chili must be one of the most comforting meals to whip up, and this one has a little extra heat thanks to the poblano peppers. Aside from it being delicious, this Southwestern chili is healthy, filling, and great for freezing leftovers.

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Kicked-Up Mac and Cheese

Kicked-Up Mac And Cheese
Antonis Achilleos

Mac and cheese is a fan-favorite for children and adults alike. And while a classic mac and cheese is hard to beat, this “kicked-up” version is certainly worth a try. It’s extra cheesy with a bit of spice from chopped green chiles and fresh jalapeños.

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Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Casserole

Spinach-Artichoke Quinoa Casserole
Antonis Achilleos

If you’ve ever wanted to eat a whole bowl of spinach and artichoke dip—well, now you can (sort of). This unique spin on everyone’s favorite dip is flavorful, easy to make, and completely dairy-free. Plus, the quinoa makes it super-filling.

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Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole

Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole
Greg DuPree

We smell a new holiday tradition! If you’re looking for the perfect special breakfast to make on Christmas morning, this potato tot casserole has it all. It’s rich and cheesy, and has everything from breakfast sausage, spicy jalapeños, and chopped veggies. The best part is that you can customize it based on your family’s preferences.

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Deep-Dish Eggplant Parmesan

EXTRA SHARP: Deep-Dish Eggplant Parmesan

Move over, chicken Parmesan—it’s time to give eggplant the credit it deserves. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to devour this hot, cheesy, saucy Italian dish. Make this deep-dish eggplant Parm for a dinner party or on a cold winter’s night.

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Classic Chicken and Dumplings

overhead view of two bowls of chicken and dumpling soup on a teal background
Abi Gunasekaran

People say “chicken soup is good for the soul” but we think homemade chicken and dumplings are where it’s at. Don’t get overwhelmed by the thought of making dumplings from scratch. They’re actually simple to whip up and require just six pantry staples.

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Saucy Simmered Eggs

Saucy Simmered Eggs
Victor Protasio

Need inspiration for a last-minute dinner or breakfast recipe? Shakshuka is always a good idea because it’s tasty, satisfying, and will warm up any belly. Plus, you probably have all the ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry already.

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