Comfort food for cold days, including a herby toad in the hole recipe, rich spaghetti carbonara and wild mushroom and spinach lasagne, as well as comforting puds
Make comfort food for cold days, whether it’s a herby toad in the hole with lashings of gravy, an oozing wild mushroom and spinach lasagne or a rich spaghetti carbonara recipe, made the proper way with eggs and plenty of Parmesan.
There’s nothing like steaming hot comfort food to sooth you and it’s worth taking the time over, especially when it’s raining outside. With this in mind, we’ve featured some slow cooked comfort food, like roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding which is a classic recipe and a family favourite, alongside everyone’s favourites, like the ultimate macaroni cheese.
First up, this classic alpine tartiflette recipe (pictured) is wickedly addictive! Serve it with a bitter green salad and pickled onions and crusty French bread, or as a side to a good cut of roast meat for a really warming, filling and indulgent meal. The double cream and bacon make this tartiflette really rich, but when it’s cold and the days are short, there’s nothing better.
Whether you’re vegetarian or a committed carnivore, everyone has days where they need really hearty food. If you fancy something meaty, try our beef meatballs in Guinness – the horseradish dumplings put a really nice twist on a classic dumpling.
Or perhaps you might fancy our chilli with avocado salsa. Served with rice or a baked potato, or even on its own with a side of salad, this is a super warming dish that’ll leave you feeling really satisfied.If you don’t eat meat, then you might want to try our cheese gratin – made with four different types of cheese, this is a real treat. Whilst it’s not exactly diet-friendly, it has to be one of the most delicious vegetarian recipes, and there’s nothing wrong with indulging every once in a while!
Click through for more of our favourite comfort food recipes…
This simple beef and mozzarella gratin recipe is ready in under an hour and so easy to make, Serve with buttered noodles, or crusty bread for dipping.
See the beef and mozzarella gratin recipe.
This treacle tart recipe is easy to make using ready rolled pastry, but makes a moreish dessert served hot with a dollop of clotted cream.
This recipe proves that meatloaf has made a comeback! It's so simple, with a tomato sauce and spiced chips - and you can eat the leftovers cold.
See the meatloaf recipe.
Take your time over this venison and mushroom pie made with red wine for a rich flavour and topped with golden pastry. This is the ultimate comfort food.
A very British dinner for a chilly weekend, beef meatballs in Guinness with horseradish dumplings makes a soothing dinner that can be made ahead.
Everyone will come back for seconds of this decadent, yet easy banoffee pie recipe. It's one of our easiest dessert recipes, and yet it's the sort of pudding you can't get enough of.
Lorraine Pascale's slow cooker Asian pulled pork is flavoured with ginger and fivespice, served in a toasted bun with spicy slaw.
Oozing with cheese, this easy macaroni cheese recipe is made with cottage cheese for richness without all the calories as well as cherry tomatoes for a pop of sweetness.
Make ahead for an indulgent midweek supper or enjoy as a relaxed weekend supper, this wild mushroom and spinach lasagne recipe makes a seasonal twist on everyon'e favourite Italian recipe.
Salted caramel takes apple pie to the next level to update a classic comfort puuding. This apple and salted caramel pie is easy to make ahead on a wet weekend.
This traditional Italian spaghetti carbonara recipe is fast and easy. The combination of bacon, egg, cheese and spaghetti makes for the ultimate comfort food.
Our herby toad in the hole recipe is a family favourite with a herby twist. You'll love the depth of flavour it adds to the Yorkshire pudding base.
This venison casserole with boulangere potatoes recipe is better for you than a beef version, as venison is leaner and rich with iron.
Comforting and restorative, this winter chicken soup is packed full of vegetables for a delicious dinner that's also very good for you.
This delicious roast rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding recipe is a great traditional British dish you'll love to share. Make sure you save some leftovers - they make superior sandwiches the next day!
Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will love this simple cheese gratin recipe, oozing melted cheese.
This sticky toffee pudding is the perfect way to finish off a meal, especially if you're hosting a dinner party. These individual servings go great with either ice cream or cream.
A classic winter warmer and a great family meal, our shepherds pie recipe is easy to make - plus, you can have the leftovers for lunch the next day.
This creamy cauliflower cheese recipe brings together inexpensive cauliflower and melted cheese for a comforting dinner that you can adapt by adding chopped bacon for extra bite.
Korean-style marinated chicken with noodles makes a delcious dinner that you can make from your store cupboard. It's comfort food with an exotic flavour.
This chilli with avocado salsa recipe is so quick and easy to make and you have it with potato wedges, in tacos or in a wrap.
Flavoursome carrot and coriander soup recipe is incredibly simple to make and nutritious, making it perfect comfort food if you're feeling run down.
A classic fish pie is so creamy and indulgent, it can warm you up, even on the most cold of days. Our new creamy fish pie is such a treat and perfect when you have a little time on your hands. Use mixed fish so there's a lovely variety of flavour and texture.