27 Winter Recipes to Put on Repeat

Instant Pot Short Ribs with Triple-Cream Mashed Potatoes
Photo: Jen Causey

While comfort food is welcome all-year-round, in winter, it's the ultimate way to combat darker days and cold weather. We always keep a few winter dinner recipes in our back pocket to pull out when the temperatures drop: A soul-warming bowl of ginger-and-turmeric noodle soup, a stick-to-your-ribs pot roast, or a creamy, rich macaroni and cheese practically bubbling over the casserole dish. And we also seek out seasonal ingredients to make the most of winter produce—think citrus and root vegetables—and use them in fresh dishes like Puntarelle-Citrus Salad with Roasted Beets. You'll find all of those spectacular winter dinner recipes and more in this collection.

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Spicy Pot Roast with Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, and Calabrian Chile Gremolata

Spicy Pot Roast with Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, and Calabrian Chile Gremolata Recipe
John Kernick

Whole orange segments and freshly squeezed orange juice and zest give this hearty winter braise a burst of fresh citrus flavor. Creamy sweet potatoes and celery root along with tender beef chuck fill out this satisfyingly hearty meal.

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Restorative Ginger-and-Turmeric Noodle Soup

Ginger Turmeric Noodle Soup Recipe
Jennifer Causey

"During the winter months, this bowl of noodle soup is like a hug," cookbook author Hetty McKinnon writes. "The garlic oil adds an extra layer of aromatic flavor, a great way to bring cohesiveness to this curative bowl of soup. It's bolstered by a robust ginger and turmeric base, which offers deep, earthy flavors along with anti-inflammatory prowess."

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Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup

Potato and Cheddar Cheese Soup

Cara Cormack

A few simple ingredients make a sumptuous soup. Be sure to use a high-quality cheddar; it's crucial to the dish's flavor. Choose a yellow cheese for the richest color. For a chunkier soup, skip the pureeing and just break up some of the potato with a spoon.

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One-Pot White Wine Pasta with Mushrooms and Leeks

One Pot White Wine Pasta Recipe
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland

This creamy, savory one-pot pasta dish comes together without the need to boil the pasta separately. Savory sautéed mushrooms and gently sweet leeks combine with cream, lemon juice, and white wine to create the rich sauce. Feel free to switch up the flavor by adding tarragon instead of dill.

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Raclette-Gruyère Mac and Cheese with Pickled Shallots

Raclette gruyere macaroni and cheese with pickled shallots
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Inspired by älplermagronen, Alpine farmers' macaroni, this Swiss twist on a Thanksgiving classic gets rich flavor from Gruyère and a lush creaminess from Raclette. Traditional versions of this dish are served with applesauce; as a nod to that flavor play, we've added some shallots that are quickly pickled in apple cider vinegar to balance the cheesy richness.

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Opulent Grilled Cheese

Opulent Grilled Cheese
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

Inspired by former Food & Wine editor Margaret Eby's love of Zabar's in New York City, the combination of creamy, silky Taleggio and nutty aged Gruyère cheeses in these small but satisfying sandwiches results in the perfect melt, with plenty of flavor. Pops of fresh salinity from lightly smashed capers stirred into sweet, jammy strawberries balance the richness.

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Red Wine Venison Stew

Red Wine Venison Stew Recipe
Victor Protasio

Made with venison, this stew is intensely flavored and has a silky, thick sauce that clings to the vegetables and meat as they slowly cook together. Beef chuck roast works very well here, too.

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Classic Beef Chili

Classic Beef Chili Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

This is a great classic chili to keep in your back pocket for game day meals or anytime you want a hearty bowl to warm up on a cool fall or winter day. If you are serving this chili for a crowd, go ahead and set up a buffet of toppings. Serve this chili alongside tortilla chips, cornbread, and bowls of shredded cheddar, slices of fresh jalapeño and radishes, chopped scallions, and sour cream. This way, each person can pick and choose their garnishes and personalize their perfect bowl of chili.

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Instant Pot Short Ribs with Triple-Cream Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Short Ribs with Triple-Cream Mashed Potatoes
Jen Causey

A bed of extra-creamy potatoes makes the perfect base for these short ribs, but the sleeper hero of this recipe is the simple salad of apple, celery, and toasted hazelnuts, which provides balancing acidity, brightness, and crunch to this exquisitely comforting dish.

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Roasted Maitake Mushrooms with Seaweed Butter

Roasted Maitake Mushrooms with Seaweed Butter
© Con Poulos

Former Food & Wine editor Kay Chun roasts whole maitake (a.k.a. hen-of-the-woods) mushrooms with briny seaweed butter until they're crispy on the edges and fork-tender in the middle.

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Creamy Mashed Potato Soup with Dashi

Creamy Mashed Potato Soup with Dashi
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Dashi and soy sauce add umami to buttery leftover mashed potatoes in this cozy soup from chef Shota Nakajima.

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Lazy Chicken-and-Sausage Cassoulet

Lazy Cassoulet Recipe
Alison Miksch

Molly Stevens' quick cassoulet recipe calls for smoked sausage (such as kielbasa); boneless, skinless chicken thighs; and canned white beans, packing in plenty of protein.

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Coconut Chickpeas with Winter Squash

Coconut Chickpeas with Winter Squash
Johnny Miller

Starchy, slightly sweet plantains are a natural addition to winter squash. Here, chef JJ Johnson simmers both, along with canned chickpeas, in coconut milk that's steeped with aromatics. The result is creamy, fragrant, and so comforting.

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Winter Galette

Winter Galette
John Kernick

The versatile dough for this galette is easy to prepare and shape into a free-form crust. Fresh ricotta, infused with herbs and lemon zest, forms a creamy and aromatic base for the seasonal vegetables that roast on top.

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Juicy Lemon-and-Herb Roast Chicken

Juicy Lemon-and-Herb Roast Chicken
Greg DuPree

Pulling off a restaurant-quality roast chicken at home starts with bagging the best bird you can find. Skip the bulked-up mega-market hens and source a smaller, free-range hen from your local butcher or specialty grocery, such as Whole Foods.

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Farro Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables

Farro Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables
David Malosh

Crispy roasted root vegetables like parsnips and celery root add an earthy, caramelized depth to this simple grain salad made with tender, chewy farro. To help the vegetables develop the most color, resist the urge to stir them during cooking.

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Olive Brine–Marinated Pork with Roasted Olives and Beans

Olive Brine-Marinated Pork with Roasted Olives and Beans Recipe
John Kernick

Here, we've combined olive brine with sage and lemon to punch up your weeknight pork tenderloin.

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Lentil and Bean Stew with Gremolata

Lentil and Bean Stew with Gremolata
David Malosh

Lentils add a delicious earthy flavor to the stew; their starchiness helps thicken the broth. Brown lentils work fine in this recipe, but we prefer French green lentils; they hold their shape better. Feel free to cook dried beans especially for this recipe, but any leftover or canned beans—rinsed and drained—will work well.

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Roasted Lamb Chops with Brown Sugar-Rum Glaze

Roasted Lamb Chops with Brown Sugar Rum Glaze
Kelly Marshall

These savory lamb chops from celebrated chef and cookbook author Alexander Smalls get brightened up with loads of peeled garlic and rubbed sage. A spiced brown sugar glaze adds even more flavor, resulting in a dish that's bold and balanced.

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Kale-Artichoke Stuffed Shells

Kale and Artichoke Stuffed Shells
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Cannellini beans add hearty creaminess to these stuffed shells, while mild heat from Calabrian chiles and earthy sweetness from fennel seeds amp up jarred marinara sauce.

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Puntarelle-Citrus Salad with Roasted Beets

Puntarelle Citrus Salad with Roasted Beets
Photo by Greg DuPree / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Puntarelle stays bright and crisp in this salad, while beets bring a tender, earthy sweetness. Puntarelle is a specialty buy—check your local farmers market, or substitute another bitter chicory.

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Banana Leaf-Wrapped Lamb Shank Tamales with Morita Chile Salsa

Banana Leaf Wrapped Lamb Shank Tamales with Morita Chile Salsa

These smoky braised-lamb tamales, a favorite at event producer Paola Briseño González's holiday tamale parties, get a pop of freshness from bright cilantro-onion relish, while a wrapper of banana leaves perfumes the masa with a softly sweet aroma as they steam. The banana leaf wrappers also yield tamales with a dense, custard-like texture. The rich, slow-cooked flavor of lamb shanks is the perfect partner for the intense smokiness of morita chiles; substitute chipotles in a pinch.

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Leg of Lamb with Fingerling Potatoes and Leeks

leg of lamb
Photo by Greg DuPree / Prop Styling by Missie Crawford / Food Styling by Ali Ramee

Incredibly easy to prepare, this bone-in leg of lamb is coated with an herby, pleasantly salty crust before marinating in the refrigerator for about eight hours. The dry brine results in a juicy, tender, and deliciously garlicky lamb roast.

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Trinidadian Pelau

Trinidadian Pelau
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey

The layers of flavor in chef Peter Prime's pelau come from a range of sources: zesty, spicy Green Seasoning, coconut milk, a hit of ketchup, Worcestershire, and an ingenious technique of sauteing both the beef and the rice and pigeon peas in a scorched caramel to create a rich texture and nutty taste.

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Winter Squash-and-Shallot Tart

Winter Squash and Shallot Tart
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Heather Chadduck Hillegas

This elegant tart is just the thing to serve for dinner on a chilly night. The rich, cheesy filling is packed with sweet cubes of butternut squash and savory shallots, and lightened by the acidity of the sherry vinegar and brightness of the lemon zest.

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Tteokguk (Korean Rice Cake Soup)

Korean Rice Cake Soup Recipe
Jennifer Causey

Just like American New Year's foods, this is a good-luck dish that carries symbolic significance. The white color of the rice cakes signifies purity, so the soup represents a way to start the year off fresh. Traditionally, when you enjoy your New Year's bowl of rice cake soup, your age increases by one year. Though the soup can be made with chicken, pork, pheasant, or seafood, these days it's typically made with beef.

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Thit Kho (Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly)

Kho (Braised Vietnamese Minced Pork) with Cabbage
Anna Stockwell

This savory pork braise is beloved across Vietnam. In the north, the dish is usually saltier, says chef Diep Tran, R&D chef for Red Boat Fish Sauce, while in the south, the braise tends to be sweeter. Blanched cabbage is a good accompaniment for the fall and winter months.

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