6 comfort classics

Ultimate Mac 'n Cheese and more cozy recipes to warm up chilly days

Ultimate Mac 'n' Cheese

Jim Franco

Ultimate Mac 'n' Cheese

Why "ultimate"? Because the sauce is creamy, not grainy; it's flavored with shallots, gruyère, and white wine, like fondue; and it's topped with crunchy sourdough bread crumbs.

Ultimate Mac 'n' Cheese recipe

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Lasagna with Sausage Ragu

Jim Franco

Lasagna with Sausage Ragù

Layers of ragù and creamy, nutmeg-scented béchamel are a subtle departure from the familiar cheese-laden lasagna favored by many Americans; our version is actually closer to authentic Italian lasagna. However, we streamlined the ragù by using sweet Italian sausage instead of the traditional beef, pork, and/or veal blend.

Lasagna with Sausage Ragù recipe


 

Beef-Ale Stew and Green Onion-Buttermilk Dumplings

Jim Franco

Beef-Ale Stew and Green Onion-Buttermilk Dumplings

Rich with ale and caramelized onions, this stew provides a thick, hearty base for the fluffy white dumplings that are dropped in at the end of cooking.

Beef-Ale Stew and Green Onion--Buttermilk Dumplings recipe


 

Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Leigh Beisch

Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes, and spicy smoked paprika give this easy-to-make chili a deep, complex flavor. While it's great right after you make it, it's even better the next day.

Recipe: Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Porcini Mushroom Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy

Jim Franco

Porcini Mushroom Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy

If free-form meat loaf is new to you, here's why we prefer it to the baked-in-a-bread-pan kind: It produces delicious pan drippings that then become the base for a quick, mushroom-rich gravy. Click here for a great mashed-potato recipe to go alongside.

Porcini Mushroom Meat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy recipe


 

Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpies

Leigh Beisch

Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpies

For a grown-up take on this childhood favorite, we dropped the traditional pastry crust in favor of a no-fuss biscuit topping, then added cremini mushrooms and fresh thyme to the filling for a little earthiness.

Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpies recipe

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