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

Chicken Pot Shepherd’s Pie

Simple week Night Meal Chicken Potpie

Classic Easy 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 cheesy version any night of the week. Get the recipe Classic Easy Lasagna »

Crème Fraîche 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 »

Sweet Potato Casserole with 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 »

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 »

Caramel-Apple Pie

A cinnamon-spiced sauce of butter and melted caramel candies poured over apples makes a wonderfully sweet, gooey pie filling.

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle

Beef Stroganoff

One of many timeless recipes featured in American Food Writing is James Beard’s take on this comforting noodle dish. Keep it simple. Beard says, “Beware of those that specify long cooking. Beef stroganoff is much better when prepared quickly.” Get the recipe for Beef Stroganoff »

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.

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 »

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

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.” Get the recipe for Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo »

Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter

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. Get the recipe for Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter »

Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy

Essential to any Southern breakfast, flaky buttermilk biscuits in thick sausage gravy are a delicious start to the day.

Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey

Creamy baked yams mashed with butter, lime juice, and honey make an easy, bright autumn side dish.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen)

Toasted sesame oil and hot chile oil spice up this porky ramen.