38 Comforting Recipes for When It’s Cold Outside
Cozy up with soups, stews, and cheesy comfort foods
Comfort food needs no introduction, yet it means something different for everyone. In our Comfort Food Issue, we’re exploring the recipes that are always there for us and invite you to do the same. Check back here for our latest recipes and articles from the issue, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for exclusive content.
“Winter is coming,” isn’t just a TV show tagline anymore, but a scary fact. Here in Berlin, it’s windy, gloomy, and getting dark early. As we start to turn the heat up and dig out our sweaters, we crave something comforting in the kitchen, too; whether a bubbling stew from the stovetop or an oozing cheesy bake out of the oven. But what’s comforting to me, might not be, and in fact probably isn’t, what’s comfort eating to you. So, for this article I asked around in the Kitchen Stories team, “What KS recipe is your go-to comfort food?” Here are the many, varied, and inspiring answers!
Warming soups and stews
Our team can confirm that nothing is more comforting than a bowl of soupy goodness amid the winter gloom. Soups are a great way to highlight the season’s best produce (pumpkin, kale, mushrooms), they’re usually very easy to cook, and they tend to have a straightforward ingredient list.
— 5-ingredient butternut squash soup
— 5-ingredient sweet potato lentil curry soup
— Carrot miso soup
— Lentil soup with Italian sausage and kale
— Mushroom-barley soup
— Pea soup with smoked trout and mint
Our Head of Cross-Channel Communications, Kirsten, specifically loves a big bowl of ramen: “It’s quite obvious, as this one already has comfort in the title, but there’s really nothing I’d rather eat when in need of some comfort than a hot noodle soup like ramen or pho with a strong broth and lots of noods.”
Embracing more warming spices or seasonings is also a good way to cope with cold weather. One thing I make on repeat is a spiced chickpea stew, and our latest release in the stewy category is this deep red, veg-filled Korean soft tofu number.
The more cheese, the better
When speaking of comfort food, there’s no way to go wrong with cheese, cheese, and more cheese. To many, comfort food is pretty much synonymous with cheesy food, from casseroles and bakes to a bowl of creamy, cheesy risotto. Our chef Christian’s choice is this ultimately satisfying French potato gratin with a handful of ingredients.
We can’t go on this list without the honorable mention of our love for pasta, building on the aforementioned manifesto, “The more carbs and cheese, the better.” We can never get enough pasta in its many forms, especially those cheesy, saucy lasagnas!
— 5-ingredient creamy tomato and basil pasta
— Steven makes spaghetti and meatballs
— Easy Italian lasagna
— Make classic lasagna Bolognese with Hanna
— Christian’s macaroni and cheese
— Christian makes pasta al forno (Italian pasta bake)
The nostalgic and classic recipes
Sometimes, comfort is associated with our favorite food memories, from holidays or family dinners out. As Devan, our Managing Editor, wrote about these Thai stir-fried noodles: “This one that brings me back to my childhood. It was just about the only thing I would eat at a Thai restaurant my family liked because I was so picky. Now I find it comforting in terms of flavor, yes, but mostly for nostalgia.” Meanwhile, our founder Mengting recommends Swedish Köttbullar with “luxurious mashed potatoes” as her classic comfort food go-to (we even have a vegan version, served with noodles).
— Make chicken tikka masala with Steven
— Crispy rolled pork belly with cranberries and herbs
— Swedish Meatballs
— Butter chicken in mildly spiced tomato sauce
— Red lentil and eggplant moussaka
— Creamy potato and meat gratin
What are your favorite, go-to comfort foods? Join the conversation in the comments below!
Published on November 4, 2021