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5 Quick + Easy Comforting Dinner Recipes For Cold, Dreary Nights In (Like Tonight)

Although none of the below recipes will replace that takeaway craving, they are each essentially a hug in a bowl. 

Miserable weather doesn't have to equal miserable dinners...

Whether it's baking chocolate chip cookies, staying in your pyjamas all day long or cocooning on the couch in front of Netflix – we all need an extra boost of comfort in these unprecedented times.

Another easy way to boost your mood? Deciding what to cook for dinner. While usually on a cold, dreary night like tonight, you might be tempted to ring up your local takeaway but right now, you're having to press pause on your usual evening routine, and stay home under social distancing measures.

Although none of the below recipes will replace that takeaway craving, they are each essentially a hug in a bowl. 

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Ideal to warm you up if you’re a little under the weather, or even just feeling the chill, this Vietnamese dish is an adaption of the classic chicken noodle soup. Read the full recipe, here. 

Baked Rigatoni

This is an incredible dish made straight from the heart. Crisp, burnt rigatoni edges; melted mozzarella cheese; rich, sweet tomato sauce; and little meatballs all nestled inside this beautiful mess. Dishes like this are low risk and high reward. To read the full recipe, click here. 

Smoky Vegetarian Chilli

This veggie chilli recipe from The Butler’s Pantry is super tasty, easy to make and freezer-friendly, so whip up a double batch and store the leftovers in your freezer to help with future meal planning. Read the full recipe, here.

Javanese Lamb Shanks

This recipe from Kevin O’Toole takes a little more effort than the ones above and a little more time, but the result is totally worth it. These lamb shanks are rustic, comforting and the sauce can be made in advance to cut down on prep time. Read the full recipe, here.


This asparagus risotto recipe comes from the wine and food matching segment of the magazine, where the wines featured in Raymond Blake's monthly wine tasting piece were paired with a delicious, easy-to-master recipe. Read the full recipe, here. 



This article was originally published by our sister site, FOOD AND WINE.

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