Posted on: 23 December, 2021

Warming Winter Recipes | 5 Comforting Winter Dishes

This month, we've put together a list of warming winter recipes for you to create at home in the colder months, from hearty stews to indulgent desserts.

What are your favourite warming winter recipes?


As the nights get colder, there’s little better than curling up on the sofa under a blanket with a steaming bowl of something hearty and comforting.


Whether you prefer a meaty stew or a vegetable soup, there are plenty of options to choose from.


Here, we’re sharing a few of our favourite recipes:

Warming Winter Recipes: Make a Hearty Beef Stew

There are many options when it comes to making a hearty winter stew. You can opt for a lentil-based dish or a chunky, meaty creation, and add spices or vegetables to taste.


This beef and red wine stew recipe is deliciously comforting for long winter nights. Why not invite a friend over for a cosy dinner together?


Serve hot with warm, buttered bread or homemade dumplings for an indulgent warming winter recipe. 

Slow Cook a Warming Chilli Con Carne

This slow-cooked chilli recipe is ideal for batch-cooking and freezing in portions for lazy evenings. Or, you could invite the family round for a wintry dinner together in the lead up to Christmas.

Simple, warming and delicious, chilli con Carne is a staple winter dish that never fails to please. You could serve it up with rice or a jacket potato, and top with guacamole, cheese and sour cream for a delicious, hearty dinner.


To mix it up a little, why not substitute the mince for lentils, or experiment with the spices?

Warming Winter Recipes: Try a Sausage Casserole

Casseroles make for incredible warming winter recipes that you can adapt each week to ensure your menu is varied. 


You can try different meats in a casserole, or make it vegetarian if you fancy. Sausages are a great option for winter; they’re filling, warming and wonderfully comforting.


This sausage casserole recipe is ideal to eat after a wintry walk to help warm you back up. The preparation time is brief, and then you can have it bubbling away in the kitchen as you curl up and read a book.

Indulge in an Apple & Blackberry Crumble 

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, why not indulge in an apple and blackberry crumble? Serve it hot and accompany it with steaming custard, or cool it down with a dollop of ice cream.


The sweet, tangy dessert with a chewy, crunchy topping is the ultimate treat for winter, perfect to follow your stew or chilli. 


Why not retreat to an armchair by the fire and indulge in your homemade crumble? You can use this time to catch up on your favourite TV show for the perfect cosy night in.

Warming Winter Recipes: Sticky Toffee Pudding

Last but not least on our warming winter recipes list is another indulgent dessert. Sticky toffee pudding is a popular pudding, served hot to warm you up on a cold winter’s night.


The dates and treacle make for a deliciously sweet treat that you can complement with custard, cream or ice cream.


You can portion and freeze your sticky toffee pudding, meaning you’ll have an easy go-to for the busy nights when you don’t have time to cook.


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