A Squared: Top 10 Comfort Food Recipes to Warm You Up

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top 10 Comfort Food Recipes to Warm You Up

Winter has arrived in Chicago for real. For the past week and a half, we have seen the weather go from subzero temps and dangerous windchills to inches of snow and back again. This is hibernation weather and I haven't been leaving the house much lately with the exception of going to work, the store, and taking my puppy out for some very abbreviated walks.

While I would love to be out walking the neighborhood or sitting on my deck, there is something I love about these frigid nights where you're forced to stay inside and just relax. Alex and I hibernated at home with Clery for most of the weekend and it was great to kick back and watch TV and drink wine by the fire-- and to cook all day in my kitchen! There's nothing like cooking or eating a little comfort food inside on a super cold day, right? To help you prepare for your next day of hibernation, I have a little cheat sheet for you: 10 of my favorite comfort food recipes to keep you warm in this harsh winter cold.

Enjoy!


1. Cheesy Pizza Pull Apart Bread - Warm, cheesy, and with all the flavors of pizza, this is the perfect comfort food for snuggling on the couch and watching movies.



2. [Lightened Up] Chicken Divan - Chicken, cheese, and broccoli over rice = My favorite comfort food casserole.


3. Spicy Black Bean Tomato Soup - Nothing says 'comfort' like a big bowl of soup and this spicy and hearty bean soup fits the bill!


4. Spinach, Mushroom, & Bacon Risotto - Risotto is to Italian comfort food what mac and cheese is to American comfort food and the addition of bacon makes this dish even better.



5. Prosciutto & Peperoncini Grilled Cheese - The only food that makes a bowl of soup better is warm and gooey grilled cheese sandwich-- like this salty and spicy version.



6. Creamed Spinach Twice-Baked Potatoes - A loaded baked potato is definitely comfort food and this creamed spinach and baked potato mashup is comfort food perfection.



7. Cheesy Orzotto - My grown up version of mac and cheese, this cheesy orzo is a bowl full of comfort and you won't be able to eat enough.



8. Sun Dried Tomato, Basil & Roasted Garlic Soup - Tomato soup is a classic and this version gets some really deep flavor from sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and roasted garlic.


9. Slow Cooker Spicy Two Bean Chili - Slow cookers are the perfect tool for creating comfort food and this flavorful chili recipe is one of my favorites!


10. Skillet Ravioli with Bacon & Roasted Bell Peppers  - Pasta on its own is comfort food, but add bacon, peppers, and cheese to ravioli and bake it in a skillet and you get a dinner that's really special.


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