Our Coziest Comfort Food Recipes for a New Year’s Night In

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If the freezing-cold temperatures, crowded bars, and pricy prix-fixe restaurant menus haven’t yet convinced you to stay home on New Year’s Eve, I bet these cozy dishes will. Skip the chaos, snuggle up in your pajamas, and tuck into the best comfort food you’ve eaten all year.

Our new favorite Instant Pot meal doubles as the best New Year’s Eve dinner, whether you’re on a date, with your kids, or cozying up with friends. 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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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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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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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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Skip the takeout this year and 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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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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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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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 the last night of the year.

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