Our 18 Best Comfort Food Recipes To Satisfy All Your Cold-Weather Cravings

From hearty pasta to creamy potatoes and casseroles, these recipes are the perfect prep for your winter bod

One of the best things about the weather turning cooler is that comfort food is officially back in season (okay let's be real: we love our comfort foods year round). From creamy pasta dishes like ravioli stuffed with pear and cheese to classic fall pies with fillings like chocolate or apple and hearty casseroles hot out of the oven, we've rounded up some of our favorites both sweet and savory. Here are our best comfort food recipes to make for a perfect dinner on a chilly evening.

Apple & Sausage Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Apple Casserole
Fresh apples plus hard cider give this easy mac and cheese a double dose of fall flavor. Get the recipe for Apple & Sausage Macaroni and Cheese »Farideh Sadeghin
Chicken Pot Shepherd's Pie
Simple week Night Meal Chicken Potpie
Give this comfort food staple the best of both worlds by topping a rich chicken stew with mashed potatoes and puff pastry. Get the recipe for Chicken Pot Shepherd's Pie »Farideh Sadeghin
Classic Easy Lasagna
Lasagna
Lasagna gets a bad rap for being a labor-intensive dish, but with a few shortcuts, like starting with store-bought lasagna sheets, you can make a great version any night of the week. Get the recipe for Classic Easy Lasagna »Farideh Sadeghin
Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes
Creme fraiche mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes combined with butter and crème fraîche make a rich, creamy side. Any root vegetable can be used in combination with or in place of the potatoes. Get the recipe for Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes »Farideh Sadeghin
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble
Sweet Potato Casserole Pecan Crumble
This sweet potato casserole is an especially festive, over-the-top take on the Thanksgiving classic, topped with a crisp pecan crumble and dotted with marshmallows. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble »Todd Coleman
Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken
Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken
Parker's BBQ in Wilson, North Carolina, famous for its Family Platter with shatteringly crisp fried chicken, goes through seven to eight thousand chickens a week. A favorite of chef Elizabeth Karmel's, this super-simple recipe lets the flavor of the chicken shine. Get the recipe for Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken »Nicole Franzen
Caramel-Apple Pie
Caramel apple pie recipe
A cinnamon-spiced sauce of butter and melted caramel candies poured over apples makes a wonderfully sweet, gooey pie filling. Get the recipe for Caramel-Apple Pie »James Roper
Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle
Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle
Almond flour and espresso powder give bittersweet edge to these waffles, which are glossed with a decadent sauce of condensed milk, coffee, and dark chocolate. Get the recipe for Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle »Farideh Sadeghin
James Bread's Beef Stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff
One of many timeless recipes featured in American Food Writing is James Beard's take on this comforting noodle dish. "There are many different versions," the chef writes in The James Beard Cookbook (Dell Publishing, 1959), the book from which the excerpt is taken. "Beware of those that specify long cooking. Beef stroganoff is much better when prepared quickly." Get the recipe for James Bread's Beef Stroganoff »Farideh Sadeghin
Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)
Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)
Nothing says love like homemade pasta. Lidia Bastianich's recipe mixes tender, sweet Bartlett pears with sharp pecorino and creamy mascarpone to make a rich filling for ravioli. Get the recipe for Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere) »Ingalls Photography
Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake
Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake
Three velvety layers sandwiched with thick dark chocolate icing make a decadent, crowd-pleasing dessert. Get the recipe for Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake »Todd Coleman
Turkey Tetrazzini
Simple Week Night Meal Tetrazzini
This version of the American classic has a smattering of colorful vegetables and a sauce enriched by sherry and parmesan. Get the recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini »Matt Taylor-Gross
Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
"There are as many ways to make gumbo in Louisiana as there are cooks," says chef Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen's restaurant in New Orleans, "but the thing they all have in common is the use of a roux." His rich, hearty version—a "filé gumbo" made with filé or ground sassafras leaves—uses oil leftover from browning chicken to make the roux, increasing the meaty flavor and complexity of the dish. Add the vegetables in two stages to provide different levels of taste and texture, and be sure to cook them until no longer stringy. (Note: Brigtsen's original recipe calls for rabbit, which you're welcome to use. We've adapted it for chicken here.) Get the recipe for Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo »Dan Dao
Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter
Biscuits
This honey butter-topped biscuit recipe, from Jean-Paul Bourgeois, executive chef at Blue Smoke in New York City, earned first prize in the 2017 Charleston Food & Wine Festival's Battle of the Biscuits. High-quality dairy—and high-fat dairy—are two of chef Bourgeois' tricks to making them extra-special. Look for either high-fat buttermilk or a higher fat, European-style butter, which make for a more delicate, flakier texture. Get the recipe for Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter »Matt Taylor-Gross
Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy
Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy
Essential to any Southern breakfast, flaky buttermilk biscuits in thick sausage gravy are a delicious start to the day. Get the recipe for Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy »Maxime Iattoni
Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey
Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey
Creamy baked yams mashed with butter, lime juice, and honey make an easy, bright autumn side dish. Get the recipe for Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey »Helen Rosner
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
A deep-dish pie is packed with both sweet and tart apples to balance the rich, salted caramel sauce. Get the recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie »Andrew Ingalls
Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen)
Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen)
Toasted sesame oil and hot chile oil spice up this porky ramen. Get the recipe for Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen) »Todd Coleman