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Warm & Toasty Winter Meals that Really Hit the Spot

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Crock Pot Beef Stew

‘Tis the season for hearty stews, and there’s no better kitchen gadget to help you achieve tender, warming, stick-to-your-ribs results like the crockpot. This recipe calls for a short list of ingredients, including stew meat, baby carrots, potatoes and onions with a few store-bought shortcuts so you can set it and forget it.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Meatball Sub Sandwich

Who can say no to a belly-warming, soul-soothing meatball sub sandwich? This recipe shows you how to make homemade meatballs in marinara sauce, before tucking them into fluffy, garlicky hoagie rolls with melted mozzarella cheese. Droolworthy is an understatement.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Tuscan Style Chicken Soup

Craving something warm and nourishing? This Tuscan-style soup will hit the spot. Filled with shredded chicken, beans and lots of veggies, it’ll keep you satisfied without putting you in a food coma! Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Hungarian Beef Goulash

Hungarian beef goulash is a hearty stew flavored with lots of paprika (the sweet Hungarian kind) and simmered for a few hours until the meat becomes fork-tender. It’s the ideal cozy meal to look forward to on busy days. Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Healing Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup

Chilly days can really zap your energy and leave you vulnerable to seasonal illness (in addition to the global pandemic we’re suffering through). This simple roasted tomato and red pepper soup is super easy to prepare and comes bearing plenty of vitamins and minerals to keep you in tip-top shape. Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Masala Mac and Cheese

Looking for an exciting twist on plain old mac and cheese? This recipe kicks up the heat and puts an Indian spin on the classic comfort food by throwing in garam masala, chili powder and fresh jalapenos. The cheesiness helps cut the heat, but tread lightly if your tolerance is low!

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew

This Moroccan chicken stew is bursting with fragrant aromas from a bevy of spices; it smells so good it’ll have heads and nostrils flaring everywhere you go. It’s tasty enough to enjoy on its own, but you can always throw in some couscous if you want a more consistent dish. Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

If you love creamy soups but can’t stomach all the fat and calories they usually pack, this recipe is the perfect compromise. Made without cream, it gets its silky texture from evaporated milk and is filled out with pillowy gnocchi, chicken and spinach.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese

Got leftover puree from your Halloween pumpkins? Or just have a pantry stocked with the canned kind? Either way, you can put it to good use in this creamy, ultra-comforting pumpkin risotto topped with crumbled goat cheese and dried cranberries for a sweet and tangy finish. Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Slow Cooker Coconut Quinoa Curry

Quinoa provides the necessary belly-filling protein in this comforting slow cooker curry. Vegan-friendly and gluten-free, it’s also got chickpeas, broccoli and sweet potato to help you get your fix of veggies. Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Mini Meatball Chicken Noodle Soup with Spinach

Here’s a lovely play on classic chicken noodle soup. Healthful spinach is added, while the chicken comes in the form of super flavorful mini meatballs, and the noodles are tiny cylindrical-shaped pasta known as acini di pepe (you can easily sub orzo if you prefer). Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon

Any excuse to eat more butternut squash, right? This recipe transforms the seasonal squash into a silky, creamy, dreamy pasta sauce and pairs it with crispy bacon for an incredible meal you won’t soon forget.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Start your day on a snuggly note with a bowl of this pumpkin pie oatmeal. It’s got all the lovely flavors of the popular dessert without the calories, and it’s ready in just 10 minutes (yes, really!). Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Kimchi Ramen Stew

This is one of the most popular Korean stews, and for good reason! Made with super ripe kimchi, scallions, onions, tofu and often other veggies, it’s seasoned with spicy gochujang and simmered until all the flavors meld. While it’s more commonly served with rice on the side, this recipe adds ramen noodles directly to the stew, making it a convenient one-pot meal.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Spiced Red Lentil and Root Vegetable Soup

Comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy—this hearty, legume and vegetable soup is light on calories and heavy on nutritious goodness. Kick up the spice to keep things interesting, and don’t forget a thick slice of crusty bread on the side. Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Pasta E Fagioli Soup (Olive Garden Copycat)

Rich, meaty and full of nourishing vegetables, this Olive Garden cult classic copycat tastes just like the original and is equally satisfying. If you’re feeling lazy, you can also easily make it in the slow cooker. Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Smoked Sausage and Cabbage Soup

This easy one-pot soup cooks up in just an hour and is made with simple ingredients. Cabbage makes a great addition to soups, thanks to its sturdier texture. Combined with smoked sausage and the soup trifecta (carrots-onions-celery), it takes on all the delicious flavors while simmering away. Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Butternut Squash Minestrone

Few things say autumn like a delicious serving of homemade minestrone soup. Add in some delicious butternut squash, and you’ve got one of the most soothing, seasonally appropriate meals ever. Get the recipe here.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

One-Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

How do you make tomato soup even better than it already is? Add some three-cheese tortellini to it! This recipe does just that, and everything cooks up in one pot so you can make your food without the mess.

food, warm & toasty winter meals that really hit the spot

Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheddar Bay Dumplings

How to make regular tomato soup even better than it already is? Add some garlicky, cheesy biscuit dumplings to it, and prepare to be wowed. Bonus if you’re a fan of Red Lobster’s cheddar bay biscuits. Get the recipe here.

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