Winter is the time of year when everyone wants some comfort food! When the weather gets colder, the wind begins to howl and the snow starts falling, most people want to reach for the kind of food that warms them up from the belly out and makes them feel like they are back at home again.
Check out these 25 ideas for your next winter comfort food craving, and get ready to enjoy the best foods of the season!
Layer up some noodles and cheese with vegetables or meaty filling for a hearty winter meal.
Although perhaps not the healthiest comfort food around, fried chicken is a great way to warm yourself up on a cold day.
It does not matter how you prepare them—potatoes are always an excellent comfort food. Baked, mashed, or sweet potatoes in a casserole are all good choices.
Combine beef with broth, red wine, and carrots to complete this classic comfort meal.
This is an inexpensive way to feel better when the cold weather has you down.
Perhaps everyone’s favorite classic comfort food, tomato soup pairs well with any main course.
Biscuits and gravy
This traditional Southern United States classic combines warm, fluffy biscuits with white gravy made from sausage drippings.
Macaroni and cheese
Try this kid-friendly dish when you want something warm and gooey to satisfy your craving.
A bit like beef stew with noodles in it, stroganoff is a hearty cold weather classic.
Sausage and peppers
Throw together this simple Italian dish of peppers filled with tomatoes, rice, and cheese.
Another affordable option, meat loaf is easy to make and even easier to enjoy.
Make your burgers from scratch at home to keep out the unwanted greasy ingredients you might find in fast food restaurants.
Chicken pot pie
A creamy chicken pot pie with a warm, flaky crust is sure to lift your spirits during the wintertime.
Cook up some pork chops in the stove or skillet to create a home cooking favorite that is sure to please the whole family.
Another traditional Southern United States staple, cornbread is the first step toward making your own turkey stuffing at home. It is also great on its own with some butter melted on top!
Mix up a pot of potato soup and load it with bacon, chives, and cheese to soothe your spirits and fill your stomach.
Chicken and rice
Serve a warm piece of baked chicken over a pile of seasoned rice and you will feel the comfort in no time.
Despite its spicy nature, gumbo is a great way to unwind with a soup filled with hearty proteins and tasty veggies.
Have this warm and soothing soup along with bread, sandwiches, or clam cakes, or enjoy a big bowl all on its own.
Corned beef and cabbage
Cook your corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker to enjoy the aroma all day long.
Of course, roast turkey has become a traditional holiday entrée, and with good reason! Eating a piece of warm roast turkey during the cold months warms up the body and the soul.
Layer cooked ground meat with peas, corn, carrots, and mashed potatoes for this traditional and oh so simple dish.
Chocolate drop cookies
Chocolate, peanut butter, and dry oatmeal are the only ingredients you need for these classic cookie treats.
Nothing says comfort like a batch of brownies served straight out of the oven with ice cream on top.
Grab a slice of this holiday classic with a little whipped cream to round it out.
The next time you find yourself longing for comfort food, reach for one of the items on this list. You’ll be glad you did!