Looking for cosy winter comfort food ideas? This collection features our BEST family favourite recipes from across Europe and Asia. From stews and bakes to curries and hot pots, these recipes are guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out!
What are Comfort Foods?
Comfort foods are those rich and nourishing recipes that make us feel warm, safe and nourished with every bite. As the weather becomes colder and the days become darker, we literally start to crave comfort food to make us feel better.
Food and cooking really does bring people together, but nothing quite like the way comfort foods do. This collection includes our family-favourites and sentimental recipes we grew up with, as well as those from cuisines we’ve discovered along the way.
Comfort foods are often associated with celebrations and holidays. They’re full of nostalgia (not to mention flavour), which makes them even more comforting!
Whether you’ve tried them before or they’re a totally new experience, we hope they bring you as much warm and comfort as they do for us!
These amazing comfort food recipes usually make a huge amount or can be doubled or tripledto feed the whole family. They’re perfect for batch cooking on the weekend to make dinners easier throughout the week, and leftovers freeze well for quick re-heatable lunches another time.
Comfort foods also tend to richer and higher in calories, helping you feel full, nourished and contented in body and soul. It’s said they can even help to reduce stress and feel calmer and happier – like edible magic!
Each of these winter comfort food recipes are perfect to make ahead for cosy winter gatherings, or a lovely way to cheer up a sick family member or friend.
Creamy Sausage Pasta is the perfect dinner dish to whip up when you're running low on time and ingredients. It's ready in just 15-20 minutes, and PACKED with flavour. The whole family will love this incredible Italian sausage and cheese loaded pasta!
On the table in 30 minutes, Chef Stefano’s Bucatini all' Amatriciana recipe is an easy dinner with less than 10 ingredients. This Italian pasta favourite has a gorgeously rich tomato sauce, smoky guanciale, hint of chilli and freshly grated pecorino romano cheese.
The ultimate comfort food dish to feed the whole family! This easy Greek moussaka recipe is filled with nourishing eggplant, zucchini and potato, with an amazing moussaka meat sauce and our simple no-lumps bechamel.
A super easy Italian Carbonara Pasta Recipe with only 4 ingredients – ready on the table in less than 30 minutes! Learn how to create this mouth-watering Italian dinner that costs less than $10 with plenty left over for lunch.
Gulyas is the ultimate comfort food. What’s not to love about one pot slow-simmered beef and potatoes infused with spicy paprika and homemade galuska noodles? Hungarian goulash is zero effort, ALL flavour.
Chicken bulgogi (dak bulgogi) is one of the easiest Korean BBQ style dishes you can make at home. Just marinate and fry! Think tender chicken thighs coated in a spicy gochujang based sauce and fried to juicy perfection in 15 minutes. Ready to turn up the heat?
You're just a few tasty ingredients away from this simmering Japanese hot pot. Think thinly sliced pork, udon, tofu, vegetables and delicious homemade dipping sauces. Ready to get cooking? Let's learn how to make this 10 minute Shabu Shabu recipe at home.
An impressive weeknight dinner, Vietnamese Ginger Chicken is THE stir fry to impress friends. Better than takeout, Ga Kho Gung is full of caramelised sticky chicken and sweet ginger piled on a bed of rice, ready in 30 minutes.
An easy weeknight curry recipe to add to your repertoire – Thai Chicken Panang Curry will set your taste buds on fire! Full of creamy coconut milk and rich flavour from Panang Curry Paste that's on the table in 20 minutes.
Learn how to cook this easy Korean-American hot pot recipe. Korean Army Stew (Budae Jjigae) transforms simple everyday ingredients like spam, noodles, mushroom and veggies into a mouth-watering spicy stew. Budae Jjigae is perfect for sharing and entertaining too – if you have a table top cooker, why not cook it all together with friends!
These spicy Japanese Mapo Tofu Udon Noodles are totally delicious, packed with flavour and ready in 10 minutes! A lighter take on the traditional Chinese version, it's a super satisfying dish perfect for lunch or dinner.
A warming, creamy curry that comes together so easily, and is big enough to feed the whole family. Infused with fresh curry leaves, kaffir lime and lemongrass, this fragrant Nyonya Chicken Curry recipe is packed full of tingling spice and just the right amount of heat!
Ready in 15 minutes, this Choo Chee Curry with Chicken recipe is a beloved Thai-Australian fusion dish. It features an easy curry sauce made with fragrant Thai red curry, creamy coconut, kaffir lime and a hint of sugar for the perfect mid-week dinner.
This dish is the leftovers queen! Got leftover sushi rice or hot pot stock? Then make yourself a batch of this warming Japanese rice soup. Zosui is like a super quick congee that's ready in 10 minutes.