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Our Favourite Winter Recipes To Comfort You Through The Cold

Our Favourite Winter Recipes To Comfort You Through The Cold

Our Favourite Winter Recipes To Comfort You Through The Cold

As temperatures dip far below zero and winter only seems to drag on, cold nights call for piping hot bowls of soup, sauce-laden bowls of pasta, freshly baked bread and decadent chocolatey desserts. With January already behind us, check out our list of 20 insanely comforting recipes to get you through the cold of February.

20

Dal Makhani

Easy
Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani is a rich lentil (dal) dish that goes extremely well with basmati rice or naan. It originates from North Indian Punjabi cuisine made with whole black lentils and is very popular at Indian restaurants or amongst Indian home cooks. Black lentils can be hard to come b...

19

Spicy Beef Empanadas

Moderate
Spicy Beef Empanadas
Empanadas are some of my favourite snacks because they really can double as a meal. Empanadas are essentially mini hand pies, a dough filled with meat, veggies, cheese or a combo and then baked or fried. Empanadas are popular in several countries around the globe, including Ar...

18

Tiramisu

Easy
Tiramisu
Tiramisu is such a straightforward and simple recipe to make at home and requires only a few ingredients. With such few ingredients, it's imperative to use the best you can get your hands on, source high-quality cream and mascarpone, fresh eggs and the best cocoa powder you ca...

17

Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread

Easy
Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread
Cornbread is a staple when one thinks of BBQ, but very specifically Southern-style BBQ -- generally made from a corneal base but with wide variations that can include creamed or even fresh corn. More typically baked in a full sheet and cut into squares or even in a cast iron p...

16

Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

Easy
Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese
There are several ways to improve upon your classic grilled cheese sandwich and one of my favourite ways to elevate this simple dish is with the addition of caramelized onions. Caramelized onions are incredibly flavourful and require almost an hour of that low and slow cooking...

14

Sundubu Jjigae (Korean Spicy Soft Tofu Stew)

Moderate
Sundubu Jjigae (Korean Spicy Soft Tofu Stew)
"Jjigae" means stew in Korean and sundubu jjigae is a very popular Korean stew. Soondubu (also spelled sundubu, aka silken tofu) is the characteristic ingredient in this soup. This sundubu jjigae calls for kimchi, although home cooks and restaurants offer sundubu jjigae with v...

13

Pecan Honey Bourbon Sticky Buns

Moderate
Pecan Honey Bourbon Sticky Buns
These sweet sticky buns are the perfect make-ahead breakfast pastry for mornings you can't be bothered to whip up breakfast. Topped with roasted pecans and filled with cinnamon and brown sugar, these buns scream indulgence. The honey bourbon caramel caramelizes the bottom of t...

12

Sesame Crusted Dumplings

Moderate
Sesame Crusted Dumplings
Dumplings are one of the most versatile foods you could make. Not only is it possible for the dumpling filling to be varied, but the cooking method is also widely adapted to preference. From steamed to boiled, to deep-fried, to pan-fried, to steam fried -- there is a dumpling ...

11

Mafaldine Pasta With Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Easy
Mafaldine Pasta With Creamy Mushroom Sauce
This recipe is inspired by the beloved pasta dish from Trattoria Nervosa, Gusto 101 and Gusto 501. This creamy wild mushroom pasta speaks for itself! The recipe has all you want from a perfectly comforting dish for a winter night. The sauce is creamy, garlicky, cheesy and a mi...

10

Cheesy Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna Rolls

Easy
Cheesy Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna Rolls
A quick and easy weeknight carb fix: try making these lasagna “rolls” instead of conventional layered lasagnas for a quick and satisfying meal. This makeover has all of the makings of the original, just dressed up a little differently. Thanks to the placement technique where t...

9

Meatless Pasta Bolognese

Easy
Meatless Pasta Bolognese
Bolognese purists beware! Many people will argue that there is no such thing as a meatless bolognese, as in essence, bolognese is a meat sauce. However, in the spirit of being inclusive of all dietary related decisions, this recipe was created for those seeking a meatless diet...

8

Miso Udon Carbonara

Easy
Miso Udon Carbonara
There is nothing to say about this dish that isn't already abundantly clear in the name. It's a no-nonsense take on Italian pasta carbonara that recruits the use of umami rich miso paste as well as bouncy and superbly slurpy udon noodles (use frozen over vacuum packed stuff if...

7

French Onion Potato au Gratin

Easy
French Onion Potato au Gratin
Potatoes au gratin is one of those dishes that, no matter who you present it to, it's bound to be well received. What could be better than thinly sliced potatoes baked and bound by a creamy and cheesy sauce? How about the latter but also laced with jammy sweet caramelized onio...

5

Nashville Hot Chicken Wings

Easy
Nashville Hot Chicken Wings
Looking to spice up your chicken wings? Make this Nashville Hot Chicken Wings recipe next time you're looking for the ultimate indulgent iteration on your classic wings. Brined for 8-24 hours in buttermilk, coated in flour, fried to crisp perfection and then tossed in a spicy ...

4

French Onion Meatballs

Easy
French Onion Meatballs
These are relatively classic meatballs that have been baked, seared, then briefly braised and broiled in a jammy and cheesy dressing heavily derived from French onion soup. If you do not have the patience to take on the task of the ever rewarding caramelized onions, then this ...

3

Mocha Chip Banana Bread

Easy
Mocha Chip Banana Bread
Banana Bread is one of those recipes you always want to have readily available in your repertoire. Not just for the fact that it is a great way to use up over-ripened and otherwise undesirable bananas, but it's one of those baked goods that seems to bring about ultimate comfor...

2

Carbone's Spicy Rigatoni Vodka

Easy
Carbone's Spicy Rigatoni Vodka
A dish immediately recognizable and quite possibly one of the most beloved pasta recipes in New York City, we have tried our hand at recreating Carbone's signature Spicy Rigatoni Vodka. We've opted for rigatoni but if you can get your hands on pipette, that's even better. I ha...

1

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Easy
Flourless Chocolate Cake
If you are a chocolate lover, this recipe is for you! This cake has a fudgy bottom with a silky smooth, rich ganache on top. The result of this cake is actually a single round layered cake but in the photo here, you can see two slices laid side by side, giving the illusion of ...
Our Favourite Winter Recipes To Comfort You Through The Cold

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Our Favourite Winter Recipes To Comfort You Through The Cold

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As temperatures dip far below zero and winter only seems to drag on, cold nights call for piping hot bowls of soup, sauce-laden bowls of pasta, freshly baked bread and decadent chocolatey desserts. With January already behind us, check out our list of 20 insanely comforting recipes to get you through the cold of February.

20

Dal Makhani

Easy
Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani is a rich lentil (dal) dish that goes extremely well with basmati rice or naan. It originates from North Indian Punjabi cuisine made with whole black lentils and is very popular at Indian restaurants or amongst Indian home cooks. Black lentils can be hard to come b...

19

Spicy Beef Empanadas

Moderate
Spicy Beef Empanadas
Empanadas are some of my favourite snacks because they really can double as a meal. Empanadas are essentially mini hand pies, a dough filled with meat, veggies, cheese or a combo and then baked or fried. Empanadas are popular in several countries around the globe, including Ar...

18

Tiramisu

Easy
Tiramisu
Tiramisu is such a straightforward and simple recipe to make at home and requires only a few ingredients. With such few ingredients, it's imperative to use the best you can get your hands on, source high-quality cream and mascarpone, fresh eggs and the best cocoa powder you ca...

17

Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread

Easy
Cheesy Jalapeño Cornbread
Cornbread is a staple when one thinks of BBQ, but very specifically Southern-style BBQ -- generally made from a corneal base but with wide variations that can include creamed or even fresh corn. More typically baked in a full sheet and cut into squares or even in a cast iron p...

16

Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese

Easy
Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese
There are several ways to improve upon your classic grilled cheese sandwich and one of my favourite ways to elevate this simple dish is with the addition of caramelized onions. Caramelized onions are incredibly flavourful and require almost an hour of that low and slow cooking...

14

Sundubu Jjigae (Korean Spicy Soft Tofu Stew)

Moderate
Sundubu Jjigae (Korean Spicy Soft Tofu Stew)
"Jjigae" means stew in Korean and sundubu jjigae is a very popular Korean stew. Soondubu (also spelled sundubu, aka silken tofu) is the characteristic ingredient in this soup. This sundubu jjigae calls for kimchi, although home cooks and restaurants offer sundubu jjigae with v...

13

Pecan Honey Bourbon Sticky Buns

Moderate
Pecan Honey Bourbon Sticky Buns
These sweet sticky buns are the perfect make-ahead breakfast pastry for mornings you can't be bothered to whip up breakfast. Topped with roasted pecans and filled with cinnamon and brown sugar, these buns scream indulgence. The honey bourbon caramel caramelizes the bottom of t...

12

Sesame Crusted Dumplings

Moderate
Sesame Crusted Dumplings
Dumplings are one of the most versatile foods you could make. Not only is it possible for the dumpling filling to be varied, but the cooking method is also widely adapted to preference. From steamed to boiled, to deep-fried, to pan-fried, to steam fried -- there is a dumpling ...

11

Mafaldine Pasta With Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Easy
Mafaldine Pasta With Creamy Mushroom Sauce
This recipe is inspired by the beloved pasta dish from Trattoria Nervosa, Gusto 101 and Gusto 501. This creamy wild mushroom pasta speaks for itself! The recipe has all you want from a perfectly comforting dish for a winter night. The sauce is creamy, garlicky, cheesy and a mi...

10

Cheesy Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna Rolls

Easy
Cheesy Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna Rolls
A quick and easy weeknight carb fix: try making these lasagna “rolls” instead of conventional layered lasagnas for a quick and satisfying meal. This makeover has all of the makings of the original, just dressed up a little differently. Thanks to the placement technique where t...

9

Meatless Pasta Bolognese

Easy
Meatless Pasta Bolognese
Bolognese purists beware! Many people will argue that there is no such thing as a meatless bolognese, as in essence, bolognese is a meat sauce. However, in the spirit of being inclusive of all dietary related decisions, this recipe was created for those seeking a meatless diet...

8

Miso Udon Carbonara

Easy
Miso Udon Carbonara
There is nothing to say about this dish that isn't already abundantly clear in the name. It's a no-nonsense take on Italian pasta carbonara that recruits the use of umami rich miso paste as well as bouncy and superbly slurpy udon noodles (use frozen over vacuum packed stuff if...

7

French Onion Potato au Gratin

Easy
French Onion Potato au Gratin
Potatoes au gratin is one of those dishes that, no matter who you present it to, it's bound to be well received. What could be better than thinly sliced potatoes baked and bound by a creamy and cheesy sauce? How about the latter but also laced with jammy sweet caramelized onio...

5

Nashville Hot Chicken Wings

Easy
Nashville Hot Chicken Wings
Looking to spice up your chicken wings? Make this Nashville Hot Chicken Wings recipe next time you're looking for the ultimate indulgent iteration on your classic wings. Brined for 8-24 hours in buttermilk, coated in flour, fried to crisp perfection and then tossed in a spicy ...

4

French Onion Meatballs

Easy
French Onion Meatballs
These are relatively classic meatballs that have been baked, seared, then briefly braised and broiled in a jammy and cheesy dressing heavily derived from French onion soup. If you do not have the patience to take on the task of the ever rewarding caramelized onions, then this ...

3

Mocha Chip Banana Bread

Easy
Mocha Chip Banana Bread
Banana Bread is one of those recipes you always want to have readily available in your repertoire. Not just for the fact that it is a great way to use up over-ripened and otherwise undesirable bananas, but it's one of those baked goods that seems to bring about ultimate comfor...

2

Carbone's Spicy Rigatoni Vodka

Easy
Carbone's Spicy Rigatoni Vodka
A dish immediately recognizable and quite possibly one of the most beloved pasta recipes in New York City, we have tried our hand at recreating Carbone's signature Spicy Rigatoni Vodka. We've opted for rigatoni but if you can get your hands on pipette, that's even better. I ha...

1

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Easy
Flourless Chocolate Cake
If you are a chocolate lover, this recipe is for you! This cake has a fudgy bottom with a silky smooth, rich ganache on top. The result of this cake is actually a single round layered cake but in the photo here, you can see two slices laid side by side, giving the illusion of ...