Our Coziest Comfort Food Recipes for a Fabulous Night In

updated May 4, 2023
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Getting all dressed up to go out into the winter chill to spend Too Much Money on a night out — we are so over that! What we’re into instead? Getting all dressed up to spend a cozy winter night at home. Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s or any other weekend night in the middle of winter we’re all for staying in hibernation mode — but make it a little bit glam.

And we’ve got just the comfort food for such an evening. We’re talking minimal effort, maximum hygge, and the right amount of joy and pleasure. So snuggle up in your pajamas and get ready to tuck into the best comfort food you’ve eaten all year.

Cozy Comfort Food for a Fabulous Night at Home

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Instant Pot Spaghetti

Our favorite Instant Pot meal doubles as the best New Year’s Eve dinner. The sauce and the noodles cook together in the pressure cooker, leaving you with the best-ever spaghetti and meat sauce in just 20 minutes.

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Lemon Garlic Chicken

Deeply golden chicken breasts are simmered in a buttery garlic sauce for a simple skillet dinner that will warm you right up. Plus, it feels elegant, thanks to thinly sliced lemons and a scattering of fresh parsley leaves.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Is there anything more quintessentially comforting than a steaming bowl of creamy squash soup? This version is particularly lovely, thanks to Honeycrisp apples, lots of warm spices, and our secret ingredient: cream cheese.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

This winning dinner gives you all the cheesy goodness of chicken Parmesan, with none of the work or mess of breading and frying. Spoon them into bowls straight from the slow cooker, pile into rolls for sub sandwiches, or serve with pasta or polenta.

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Easy Chicken Potstickers

You can totally make potstickers at home: It’s a fun cooking project that results in the tastiest-ever dumplings. Plus, you’ll likely have extras (meaning you’ll be heading into the New Year with a freezer full of potstickers).

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Easy Green Olive Pasta

Pastas don’t have to be loaded with cream to satisfy your comfort food cravings. In fact, this green olive pasta is the definition of fast and fancy, while still being seriously satisfying. Sautéing Castelvetrano olives and minced garlic in butter makes for a flavorful sauce with minimal ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

It should go without saying that chocolate is the very best way to end the year. This lava cake basically makes itself, so you can open up the slow cooker just before the ball drops and dig into a warm and gooey treat.

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Honey Chamomile Tea Latte

Consider this your homemade version of Sleepytime Tea. It’s a mix of caffeine-free chamomile tea, steamed milk, a drizzle of honey, and a dash of cinnamon that will guarantee you sweet dreams on your way into the New Year.

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