Here are all the best cozy winter dinner ideas that will please everyone! These recipes feature seasonal produce and hearty comfort foods.

Winter dinner ideas, winter dinner recipes

Let’s face it: winter is hard in the kitchen. It’s got none of the carefree breeziness of summer cooking, with its laid-back no cook meals and vibrant produce. But here’s the thing: turn to cozy, comforting foods and hearty, veggie-rich season ingredients, and there’s a treasure trove of inspiration waiting to be explored.

Here are all our top winter dinner ideas to bring inspiration to the season! Try our fan-favorite shepherd’s pie, with ultra savory gravy and fluffy mashed potatoes, or pizza soup: everything that’s great about the savory pie in a cozy bowl! Some are rich and comfort-laden, some are fresh and healthy. Ready to get started?

And now…our top winter dinner ideas to try!

More winter inspiration

Want more ideas for the season? Outside of these winter dinner ideas, here are a few more seasonal recipe lists to peruse:

What’s seasonal in winter? Browse by ingredient with recipe ideas for Butternut Squash Recipes, Sweet Potato Recipes, Spaghetti Squash Recipes, Acorn Squash Recipes, Kale Recipes, Spinach Recipes or Beet Recipes.

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Vegan shepherd's pie

Winter Dinner Ideas: Shepherd’s Pie & More!


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here are all the best cozy winter dinner ideas that will please everyone! These recipes feature seasonal produce and hearty comfort foods.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 recipe Vegan Mashed Potatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces portabella mushrooms (2 large mushroom caps)
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 15-ounce can lentils, drained (or 1 ½ cups cooked lentils; see note*)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary, for the garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Start the mashed potatoes: Start the Vegan Mashed Potatoes recipe. (You can also make these in advance; just reheat before spreading onto the filling to bake.)
  3. Prep the vegetables: Meanwhile, dice mushrooms into bite-sized chunks. Peel and slice the carrots into thin half-circles. Cut the onion into thin slivers length-wise (also called French cut; see the instructions in 1:40 of the linked video).
  4. Make the filling: In large pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium high heat. Cook the mushrooms for 5 minutes until golden and tender. Reduce the heat to medium and add 2 tablespoons olive oil and the sliced onion and carrots. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and cook 5 to 7 minutes until the onions are tender and just browning.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium low. Stir in the flour, fennel seeds, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and dried sage and cook for 1 minute. Add the vegetable broth, peas, lentils (drained if canned), soy sauce and remaining ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Cook for about 5 minutes until the broth is very thick and the vegetables are heated through.
  6. Finish the mashed potatoes: When the potatoes are done cooking, mash them according to the instructions in that recipe.
  7. Bake: Pour the filling into a 2-quart small baking dish. Spread the mashed potatoes in a layer on top. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are lightly browned. If desired, broil for 1 to 2 minutes to brown the top. Garnish with chopped rosemary and serve warm.

Notes

*If you can’t find canned lentils, cook your own lentils and add 1 ½ cups of the cooked lentils to the filling. Use our Brown LentilsGreen LentilsFrench Lentils, or Black Lentils recipes: you can cook them in water and omit the seasoning (or leave it for extra flavor!). Do cook with the kosher salt, but don’t add extra after cooking.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Winter

Keywords: Winter dinner ideas, Winter dinner recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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