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30 Cozy Winter Dinner Ideas (+ Easy Recipes)

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These easy winter dinner ideas are just what the doctor ordered!

From soups to stews to casseroles, these comforting recipes will leave you feeling warm and satisfied.

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Homemade Butternut Squash Soup with Croutons

On a chilly night, there’s nothing more wonderful than a warm kitchen and a full belly. But of course, you won’t want to spend ages cooking a satisfying dish.

These winter-inspired dishes are easy to make, filling, and nourishing. Best of all, they have warm, delicious flavors to keep you happy all night long.

Get ready to indulge in 30 easy dinner recipes that yield so much goodness!    

1. Turkey Biscuit Stew

Have some leftover holiday turkey? This recipe is what you need to turn it into a comforting meal!

This dish is served over biscuits and is packed with turkey meat.

It’s a hearty dinner that’s perfect for the winter. Don’t forget to add the peas and carrots for a nutrient boost.

Note: If you don’t have turkey, rotisserie chicken is a great substitute. 

Butternut Squash Soup

2. Butternut Squash Soup

Silky, sweet, and a little bit spicy, what’s not to love about butternut squash soup? It’s one of my all-time favorites!

The ingredients you’ll need are pretty easy to find. Maybe some of them are already in your pantry, like onions, carrots, and potatoes.

Of course, the star of this meal is the butternut squash. It’s the source of the soup’s delicate sweetness and slightly nutty flavor.

For more cozy dinner ideas, check out these easy soup recipes.

3. Chicken Piccata

This version of chicken piccata features oh-so-tender chicken meat swimming in a super creamy sauce.

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This sauce combines lemon juice, chicken stock, and wine. Mix in the heavy cream, parsley, and capers, and you’ll get a yummy, tangy, and creamy sauce.

Feel free to double the amount of sauce and add pasta for a filling meal!  

4. Sausage and Vegetable Bake

Here’s a one-pan dish with ingredients that come together so quickly.

This oven-baked meal combines flavorful sausages and tender vegetables in a homemade gravy sauce.

The gravy sauce is easy to make, too! There’s no cooking required. Just pour the gravy mixture right into the pan along with other ingredients.

In 45 minutes, you’ll have a delicious meal that’s perfect for a busy, chilly weeknight. 

Beef Stew

5. Beef Stew

Old-fashioned beef stew is another favorite of mine. Even if winter is long gone, I find myself making this dish again and again.

This recipe requires everyday ingredients. You can also modify it using whatever you have on hand.

For the meat, I recommend using the chuck part. When cooked in a Dutch oven, it turns into a melt-in-your-mouth beef!

6. Skillet Lasagna

You don’t always need an oven to whip up a delicious lasagna. For this recipe, your weapon is a skillet!

The best part comes in two. First, you only need one skillet. Second, you’ll be using traditional lasagna ingredients for an authentic flavor.

Serve this dish with garlic breadsticks on the side. You’ll need those to soak up the fantastic pasta sauce! 

7. Chicken Cornbread Casserole

Who doesn’t love the chicken and cornbread combination? I don’t know about you, but it has always been THE perfect duo for me.

That’s why I love this casserole dish! It features the sweet flavor of cornbread and the savory taste of the cheesy chicken filling.

This recipe is also adaptable. You can use leftover, boiled, or rotisserie chicken. Even canned chicken works!  

White Chicken Chili with Beans

8. White Chicken Chili

This dish is like traditional chili, but better. If you’re a chicken lover, you’ll adore this recipe.

Using basic ingredients like beans, chicken, corn, and peppers, you’ll have a comforting bowl of chili. It’ll warm you up inside out!

The use of white corn helps with the all-white finish. Want an extra hot meal? Serve this dish with some crispy jalapeño rings. 

9. Split Pea Soup

This soup is made from mildly flavored split peas and smokey ham hock. Adding fresh thyme and bay leaves will make this dish more flavorful.

No ham hock? Be adventurous and try using bacon. No fresh thyme? The dried version works fine, too.

For a vegetarian meal, you can leave out the meat. It’ll still be delicious! 

10. Three Cheese Skillet Mac and Cheese

The basic mac and cheese is already a hit at family dinners. But when you use three different kinds of cheeses, expect this meal to be gone in seconds!

This no-bake mac and cheese is extra creamy, extra cheesy, and extra delicious. Need I say more?

One last tip: breadcrumbs on top are a must if you want a crispy layer!

11. Ham and Potato Casserole

Like mac and cheese, ham and potato is such a beautiful pairing. Smother these two simple ingredients in a cheesy sauce, and you’ll have a new favorite casserole dish.

This recipe yields a big, filling meal that’s perfect for feeding a hungry crowd. It’s also affordable to make, so it’s definitely a win-win!

Homemade French Onion Soup

12. French Onion Soup

French onion soup with crusty bread and melty cheeses is like a warm hug served in a bowl. 

The combination of caramelized onion, beef broth, and wine will nourish your soul and warm your heart.

Julia Child’s recipe for French onion soup is a must-try. It’s elegant, delicious, and will impress your guests at once. 

13. Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

Bacon cheeseburger pasta is a super tasty dish that you can make in less than 30 minutes.

Like other recipes on this list, the ingredients you’ll need are easy to find. Some of them are probably sitting in your pantry right now.

The ground meat, macaroni, and bacon create a wonderful texture.

Meanwhile, the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, cheeses, and ketchup make a tasty blend of American flavors. 

14. Beef Pot Pie

This beef pot pie is savory, hearty, and comforting. It’s better than your average frozen pot pie.

For a great shortcut, you can use a pre-made crust pie for this recipe. Underneath that unassuming flaky crust, you’ll see and taste the real magic.

The pot pie filling is a combination of savory beef, tender veggies, beef broth, and seasonings.

Homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup

15. Chicken Tortilla Soup

Infuse Mexican flavors into your next weeknight dinner using this recipe.

Tortilla soup is a simple yet flavorful dish. It’s like Mexican tacos turned into a soup.

Everything you love on a taco night is here — beans, chicken, sour cream, tortilla chips, and more!

Of course, chicken makes this dish hearty and extra yummy!

16. Garlic Toast Pizzas

A warm toasted pizza is irresistible on a chilly night.

Top it off with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese for a simple yet delectable snack. Adults and kids will surely love this!

The garlicky flavor comes from the garlic Texas toast, while the turkey pepperoni brings a mild smoky taste.

This recipe is a quick one. You can make eight slices in 15 minutes! 

17. Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup is not only perfect for harsh winter nights. It’s also a nourishing meal for sick days. 

This chicken noodle soup is full of warm flavors and filling ingredients. It’ll leave you cozy and craving more!

Using chicken breasts will create a flavorful chicken stock. Don’t forget to add fresh dill and lemon juice for a slightly citrusy taste.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

18. Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Olive Garden’s chicken gnocchi soup is crazy good! It’ll warm your senses with chicken, veggies, and potato gnocchi cooked in a creamy broth.

Again, the star of the show is chicken breast. Using rotisserie chicken is ideal since it can add great flavors to the soup. 

19. Fried Pork Chops with Apples

Boneless chops and red apples are cooked in a Dijon-flavored sauce in this tasty dish.

Apples add a wonderful touch of sweetness to pork dishes. It’s no different for this recipe. Expect a heavenly combination of sweet and savory flavors.

I like my apples unpeeled to add more color and fiber to the dish. 

20. Roasted Leg of Lamb

If you’re looking for something that requires minimal effort but yields delicious flavors, this is it. 

Most people think that roasting a leg of lamb is difficult, especially for beginners. This recipe shows you easy steps to make this dish.

There’s no need to marinate the meat. With just a few simple ingredients and seasonings, you’ll impress the crowd with a tasty lamb dish.

Bowl of Pumpkin Soup

21. Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup is a popular Thanksgiving meal in the U.S., but you can make this anytime of the day (or night).

This soup is hearty and creamy with a smooth texture. Add additional cream at the end if you want yours to be extra creamy.

If you’re looking for a nice crunch, adding walnuts or croutons work like a charm! 

22. Lentil Dal

This recipe is a plant-based meal from India. It’s the perfect dish to make if you want a meatless dinner or you’re looking for something warm and healthy.

In a nutshell, this soup is creamy, thick, and chock full of spices. Despite being an international dish, its ingredients are pretty easy to find in grocery stores.

Don’t skip the part where you have to saute the spices and aromatics. It’s important to build layers of flavors that’ll keep you warm from head to toe!

Homemade Cheeseburger Meatloaf

23. Cheeseburger Meatloaf

All the cheeseburger goodness packed in a meatloaf — give me some! For this recipe, you’ll just need a couple of pantry staples.

Biting into that warm, gooey cheese at the center will take away the wintry feeling. Meanwhile, the moist and juicy meat will reclaim your love for meatloaf!  

24. Pumpkin Penne 

Pumpkin pasta sauce with penne offers a comforting warmth on a winter night. In this dish, sweet will meet savory, creating a burst of luscious flavors.

You’ll have to combine the creamy pumpkin puree with parmesan cheese and savory spices.

If you use a canned pumpkin puree, you can finish doing everything in less than 30 minutes.   

25. Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is classic comfort food. Its birthplace is in England, and it’s often made with ground lamb filling.

But for this recipe, beef will be the star of the show.

Add your choice of veggies into the filling and top everything off with mashed potatoes. Bake to perfection and you’re done!    

Lighthouse Inn Potatoes

26. Lighthouse Inn Potatoes

Lighthouse Inn in Connecticut closed in 2008, but its iconic and scrumptious potatoes live on.

Even without the Colonial Revival hotel, you can make this amazing side dish at home!

This copycat recipe is the key to creating yummy potatoes covered in silky sauce and parmesan-panko topping.

To achieve the authentic flavor, some say that you have to refrigerate the potatoes overnight before baking them.

27. Tortilla Pie

This tortilla pie can be your next Mexican or Italian dinner, depending on the ingredients used.

Whichever you choose, one thing’s for sure: you’ll be in for a delightful meal!

This dish is fun to make as it requires easy preparation.

The use of three types of cheeses makes for a yummy, gooey, and extra cheesy top, which I love the most.

28. Ham and Corn Chowder

This piping hot chowder stars sweet corn, potato, and ham all swimming in a warm, tasty broth. 

If you want to make something new using leftover ham, this is it. Without using cream, this chowder is surprisingly creamy.

It’s also chunky with all the ingredients included. Use this recipe to make a deliciously filling meal for the whole family.

Potato Soup with Bacon and Onions

29. Potato Soup

I’m a fan of Paula Deen’s comfort food recipes, and this is one of them. Using a crockpot, this dish is super easy to make.

Adding steamed broccoli also does wonders to this potato soup. It will give more flavor, texture, color, and nutrition to the dish.

30. Sloppy Joe Pizza

We love sloppy Joes! So when I made this pizza, it became an instant hit at home.

Using a canned sloppy Joe sauce, you can whip up this dish in 25 minutes. But if you have extra time, you can always go for homemade sauce.

This pizza is loaded with tasty ground beef and melty cheeses. It’s a comforting combination that kids will gobble up fast! 

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