14 Winter Dinner Ideas That Will Keep You Cozy All Season Long

These hearty recipes are perfect for both busy weeknights and holiday entertaining.

<p>Antonis Achilleos</p>

Antonis Achilleos

It’s that time of year again when the sun goes down earlier, the weather gets chilly, and you have to bundle up just to venture out to your mailbox. And while the winter months can be cold and dreary, it’s the perfect time to slow down and gather indoors with friends and family. It’s also a great opportunity to whip up some delicious dishes that will bring comfort and warmth to your kitchen.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a helpful list of recipes that is sure to satisfy any palate and preference. From vegetarian dishes like Spiced Sweet Potato Soup and Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Casserole, to hearty dishes like Southwestern Beef Chili and Butternut Carbonara, you’ll love cooking these five-star meals for your family all season.

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Winter Lentil Soup

Kana Okada
Kana Okada

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Sometimes the most comforting meals are the ones that are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Whether you’re feeling under the weather or just need a veggie-packed dish, this hearty soup will do you wonders.

Spiced Sweet Potato Soup With Pistachio Dukkah

Alison Miksch
Alison Miksch

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If you’re a sucker for sweet potatoes, you’re going to want to make this silky, flavorful soup as soon as possible. Spices like cumin and coriander add warmth, while the pistachio Dukkah provides the topping.

Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake With Brussels Sprouts

Caitlin Bensel
Caitlin Bensel

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Why make boring roasted Brussels sprouts when you can add them to a delicious pasta bake? The combination of sweet Italian sausage, rich Gruyère cheese, and rigatoni is truly something to write home about.

Ricotta Roll-Ups in Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

Victor Protasio
Victor Protasio

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If you have yet to cook with pumpkin, here is a great recipe to get you started. While it may take a bit of effort, the subtle sweetness of the pumpkin paired with fresh sage, ricotta, and mozzarella makes these pasta roll-ups the dish of the season.

Butternut Squash Carbonara

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Trying to sneak extra veggies into your family’s dinner? Look no further than this butternut squash carbonara. It’s smokey, sweet, and perfect for a weeknight meal since it can be whipped up in just 30 minutes.

Spicy Rigatoni alla Vodka

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Vodka sauce is undoubtedly loved by all. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s decadently creamy, full of flavor, and ideal for bread dipping. But keep in mind, this sauce is best enjoyed when made fresh and served immediately.

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Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili With Sweet Potatoes

Con Poulos
Con Poulos

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There’s just something about slow-cooker recipes that exude comfort and joy. Not only is this low and slow chili simple to make, but the fresh ingredients and spice blend give it an abundance of flavor.

Southwestern Beef Chili With Corn

Hector M. Sanchez
Hector M. Sanchez

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A warm, hearty bowl of chili must be one of the most comforting meals to whip up, and this one has a little extra heat thanks to the poblano peppers. Aside from it being delicious, this Southwestern chili is healthy, filling, and great for freezing leftovers.

Kicked-Up Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese is a fan-favorite for children and adults alike. And while a classic mac and cheese is hard to beat, this “kicked-up” version is certainly worth a try. It’s extra cheesy with a bit of spice from chopped green chiles and fresh jalapeños.

Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Casserole

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If you’ve ever wanted to eat a whole bowl of spinach and artichoke dip—well, now you can (sort of). This unique spin on everyone’s favorite dip is flavorful, easy to make, and completely dairy-free. Plus, the quinoa makes it super-filling.

Potato Tot Breakfast Casserole

Greg DuPree
Greg DuPree

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We smell a new holiday tradition! If you’re looking for the perfect special breakfast to make on Christmas morning, this potato tot casserole has it all. It’s rich and cheesy, and has everything from breakfast sausage, spicy jalapeños, and chopped veggies. The best part is that you can customize it based on your family’s preferences.

Deep-Dish Eggplant Parmesan

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Move over, chicken Parmesan—it’s time to give eggplant the credit it deserves. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to devour this hot, cheesy, saucy Italian dish. Make this deep-dish eggplant Parm for a dinner party or on a cold winter’s night.

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Classic Chicken and Dumplings

Abi Gunasekaran
Abi Gunasekaran

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People say “chicken soup is good for the soul” but we think homemade chicken and dumplings are where it’s at. Don’t get overwhelmed by the thought of making dumplings from scratch. They’re actually simple to whip up and require just six pantry staples.

Saucy Simmered Eggs

Victor Protasio
Victor Protasio

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Need inspiration for a last-minute dinner or breakfast recipe? Shakshuka is always a good idea because it’s tasty, satisfying, and will warm up any belly. Plus, you probably have all the ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry already.

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