Here in New England, we’re going on what feels like our eighth month of winter, which gives us the perfect excuse to turn to Cold Weather Comfort Foods to get us through the long, cold, and dark days. There’s really nothing better than warming up with a nice bowl of hot deliciousness on a cold winter day. Here is a collection of recipes that we feel are perfect cold weather comfort foods, which will help you make it through the last couple weeks of winter, before we welcome spring with open arms.
French Onion Soup
Recipe from: Gimme Some Oven
- 4 pounds yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced (approximately 5-6 large onions)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 6 cups of beef stock
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce (optional)
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 sprigs of thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
- a few generous pinches of salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- grated cheese (Gruyere, Asiago, Swiss, or Mozzarella)
- In a large heavy-bottomed stockpot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until well browned and caramelized. About 30-40 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook for an additional 1 minute. Stir in the wine to deglaze the pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
- Add the stock, worcestershire sauce (optional), bay leaf, and thyme. Bring to a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for at least 10-15 minutes, partially-covered. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Discard the bay leaf and sprigs of thyme.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. While the soup is simmering, slice the baguette into 1-inch thick pieces and arrange them in single layer on baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes, until the bread is toasted and golden around the edges. Remove and set aside.
- Switch the oven to the broiler. When ready to serve the soup, place your oven-safe bowls or crocks on a thick baking sheet. Ladle the soup into each of them, then top with a baguette slice and your desired amount of cheese (I used about 1/4 cup shredded cheese for each). Place on an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat and broil for 2-4 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove and serve immediately.
Photo Credit: Gimme Some Oven
Chili Mac & Cheese
Recipe from: So Damn Delicious
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 8 ounces ground beef
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 3/4 cup canned white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 3/4 cup canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 10 ounces elbows pasta
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and ground beef, and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
- Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Top with cheese and cover until melted, about 2 minutes.
- Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
Photo Credit: So Damn Delicious
Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet
Recipe From: The Cookie Rookie
- 2 tablespoons Italian dressing (not the creamy kind)
- 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
- 16 ounces small/medium sized rigatoni pasta
- 1 24-ounce jar of your favorite Marinara pasta sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh basil for garnish (optional)
- Heat chicken and Italian dressing in a large 12 inch skillet over medium high heat (If you don’t own a large skillet, you can use a stock pot). Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook chicken until browned and just cooked through, about 5 minutes depending on thickness of chicken.
- Add the box of pasta and the entire jar of marinara. Fill the empty marinara jar with water and add to the skillet. If using a stockpot, use 2 cups water. Lightly stir the mixture to combine.
- Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender to your liking. ***
- Cover with grated parmesan and then shredded mozzarella. No need to stir. Continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes or until cheese is fully melted. You can also broil the entire skillet for about 4 minutes to make the cheese extra melty!
- Top with chopped basil (optional) and serve! Enjoy!
Photo Credit: The Cookie Rookie