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30+ Best Winter Comfort Food Recipes

19/05/2022

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!

Close up of Snert soup, also known as Dutch Erwtensoep.

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.

Whether it’s a cheesy pasta bake, a spicy curry, a filling soup or a hearty stew, these cosy winter recipes really warm you up from the inside out! Perfect to enjoy after being out and about in cold weather.

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!

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Why We Love Comfort Foods

These amazing comfort food recipes usually make a huge amount or can be doubled or tripled to 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.

30+ Best Winter Comfort Food Recipes

Cosy Australian + European Comfort Food Recipes

Close up shot of sausages cooking in a curry gravy with peas and onions.
Australian Curried Sausages
Curried Sausages are seriously convenient comfort food. With this easy one pot recipe you'll have dinner on the table in just 20 minutes, for an effortless family dinner that's packed with flavour!
Australian Curried Sausages
Oven dish full of creamy chicken pasta bake with serving spoons.
Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake
With a crispy, cheesy crust, fried bacon and broccolini, this Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake will impress. A comforting Australian weeknight meal you can make ahead of time!
Creamy Chicken Pasta Bake
Close up view of bowl filled with Dutch split pea soup.
Erwtensoep – Dutch Split Pea Soup
Thick and hearty Erwtensoep is a savoury delight. This smoky bowl of Dutch-style split pea soup is so comforting, just like a warm hug from Grandma on a cold winter’s day. 
Erwtensoep – Dutch Split Pea Soup
Big spoonful of creamy tuna mornay.
Easy Weeknight Tuna Mornay
A classic weeknight recipe the whole family will LOVE. This cheesy tuna mornay is made with our no-fail bechamel white sauce to make it even easier.
Easy Weeknight Tuna Mornay
Creamy sausage pasta in a cast iron skillet.
Creamy Sausage Pasta
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!
Creamy Sausage Pasta
Large bowl of pumpkin soup with swirls.
Pumpkin and Corn Soup
Here's a simple recipe for a cold winter’s night. Get ready to nourish your soul with this creamy Pumpkin and Corn Soup that warms you up from the inside out. You’ll never guess the secret ingredient!
Pumpkin and Corn Soup
Ragu sauce in a cast iron pan, topped with basil.
Italian Ragu Recipe with Beef & Pork
A rich, smoky and spicy Italian pasta sauce with beef and pork, simmered down with spicy nduja salumi paste. Serve with your favourite pasta or use as a meat sauce for other tasty recipes.
Italian Ragu Recipe with Beef & Pork
Close up shot of a pasta bake garnished with fresh oregano.
Pasta Al Forno – Italian Pasta Bake
The amazing OG pasta bake! Pasta al Forno is baked pasta, made the Italian way. The rich ragu meat sauce and rigatoni combo is guaranteed to bring the whole family together.
Pasta Al Forno – Italian Pasta Bake
Bucatini all'amatriciana served up on a plate with a fork.
Chef Stefano’s Bucatini all’ Amatriciana Recipe
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.
Chef Stefano’s Bucatini all’ Amatriciana Recipe
Large glass dish with golden baked potato bake.
Australian Cheesy Potato Bake
Enjoy this creamy, cheesy potato bake layered with onion and garlic that will have everyone fighting to be the first to dig in! Serve up a big batch at your next BBQ for guaranteed smiles.
Australian Cheesy Potato Bake
Close up of Greek moussaka with all the juicy layers.
Easy Greek Moussaka Recipe
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.
Easy Greek Moussaka Recipe
Close up shot of finished carbonara pasta.
The Creamiest No Cream Carbonara Pasta
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.
The Creamiest No Cream Carbonara Pasta
Close up of meat and vegetables in a soup known as goulash.
Gulyas – Traditional Hungarian Goulash Soup with Noodles
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.
Gulyas – Traditional Hungarian Goulash Soup with Noodles
Sausage and bean casserole in Remoska with wooden ladle.
Best Campfire Stew – Sausage and Bean Casserole
This is the easiest Sausage and Bean Casserole you'll make! The best campfire stew that cooks itself, straight over coals or gas, with simple and adaptable camping ingredients. Just add damper!
Best Campfire Stew – Sausage and Bean Casserole
Bowl of meaty weeknight bolognese, ready to eat.
Best Weeknight Bolognese with Vegetables
Here’s the quick Aussie style Weeknight Bolognese you’ve been looking for. Ready in 30 minutes and complete with hidden vegetables and bacon to crank it up a notch.
Best Weeknight Bolognese with Vegetables
Stuffed eggplant on a plate garnished with slices of green bell pepper.
Karniyarik – Turkish Stuffed Eggplants
Karniyarik is the perfect family dinner recipe! Featuring juicy eggplants stuffed with beef, tomatoes and aromatic Turkish spices. Easy to make, baked to perfection, and generous servings.
Karniyarik – Turkish Stuffed Eggplants
White bean soup on a checked tablecloth.
White Bean Soup – Albanian Jani Me Fasule
A bowl full of Albanian comfort food, this instant pot white bean soup (Jani Me Fasule) packs a  punch from a very small ingredient list. Perfect for Sunday lunch with friends, or mid-week meal.
White Bean Soup – Albanian Jani Me Fasule

Best Asian Comfort Food Recipes

Bowl of homemade curry udon.
Easy 15 Minute Curry Udon
Warm up with a big bowl of spicy homemade Curry Udon. This Japanese classic is super quick (just 15 minutes!) AND only 7 ingredients!
Easy 15 Minute Curry Udon
Spicy dak bulgogi topped with sesame and spring onion.
Spicy Korean BBQ Chicken Bulgogi – Dak Bulgogi
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?
Spicy Korean BBQ Chicken Bulgogi – Dak Bulgogi
Pork, udon and vegetables all cut up and ready to eat in a shabu shabu hot pot.
Quick Shabu Shabu Recipe
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.
Quick Shabu Shabu Recipe
Close up shot of Indonesian fish curry garnished with fried shallots.
Creamy Coconut Indonesian Fish Curry – Kari Ikan
Creamy coconut, tangy lemongrass and tender white fish in a vibrant yellow curry. Indonesian Fish Curry (Kari Ikan) is delicately spiced and gorgeously aromatic, ready in just 30 minutes.
Creamy Coconut Indonesian Fish Curry – Kari Ikan
Pot of Nikujaga on a blue background.
One Pot Nikujaga – Japanese Beef and Potato Stew
The comforting weeknight dinner – One Pot Nikujaga! This easy Japanese Beef and Potato Stew takes only 20 minutes to cook, perfect with a side serve of piping hot sushi rice.
One Pot Nikujaga – Japanese Beef and Potato Stew
Caramelised ginger chicken pieces frying in a pan.
Vietnamese Ginger Chicken Stir Fry – Ga Kho Gung
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.
Vietnamese Ginger Chicken Stir Fry – Ga Kho Gung
Bowl of Chicken Panang Curry topped with chilli and mukrut leaves.
Quick Thai Chicken Panang Curry
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.
Quick Thai Chicken Panang Curry
Close up shot of Korean army stew showing the various ingredients cooking in the broth.
Easy Korean Army Stew – Budae Jjigae
Spice things up with this quick and easy Korean Army Stew, on the table in less than 30 minutes! Filled with noodles, kimchi and veggies, this mouthwatering budae jjigae recipe is perfect for sharing and cooking with friends!
Easy Korean Army Stew – Budae Jjigae
Close up of chao go - Vietnamese style chicken porridge.
Vietnamese Chicken Rice Porridge – Chao Ga
Chao Ga is classic Vietnamese comfort food ready in 20 minutes. Pressure cooked to perfection, this chicken rice porridge (chicken congee) is ready to warm up your soul.
Vietnamese Chicken Rice Porridge – Chao Ga
White bowl full of creamy pumpkin curry.
Creamy Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry – Wattakka Kalu Pol
A creamy Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry ready in under 30 minutes! Wattakka Kalu Pol is naturally vegan and infused with aromatic spices and roasted coconut.
Creamy Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry – Wattakka Kalu Pol
A close up image of Japanese mapo tofu udon noodles.
Japanese Mapo Tofu Udon Noodles
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.
Japanese Mapo Tofu Udon Noodles
A pair of tongs holds up super creamy gochujang pasta, ready to plate.
10 Minute Creamy Gochujang Pasta
You’ll love this quick and creamy gochujang pasta, ready in only 10 minutes! Spicy and satisfying, use the base recipe for an almost effortless meal, or amp it up with chicken or veggies to make it go even further.
10 Minute Creamy Gochujang Pasta
Choo chee chicken curry on a bed of rice.
Choo Chee Chicken Curry Recipe
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.
Choo Chee Chicken Curry Recipe
A scoop of Japanese rice soup, ready to dish up.
10 Minute Zosui – Quick Japanese Rice Soup
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.
10 Minute Zosui – Quick Japanese Rice Soup
Bowl of ca ri ga, served with fresh bread for dipping.
Vietnamese Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk – Ca Ri Ga
Try this amazing one-pan dinner – Vietnamese Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk (Ca Ri Ga). It’s the perfect balance of savoury flavour, mild heat and a gentle sweetness everyone will love!
Vietnamese Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk – Ca Ri Ga
30+ Best Winter Comfort Food Recipes

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