Essential winter warmer recipes
Want some easy, delicious AND affordable winter warmer recipes?
It's officially the season to be at home in your comfies with some hearty food binging Netflix, and that's why we've put some winter warmer recipes together for you to try out. Step away from the frozen chips and pizza, these will change your life!
1. Cheesy broccoli & ham pasta
Everyone loves pasta, right? Try this when you want something that you can meal prep and keep in the fridge or freezer and have for lunch or dinner the next day. You can make this in 9 ingredients and it will take you less than 30 minutes to create - easy!
- Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta following pack instructions.
- Add broccoli to the pan for the final 4 mins. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion for 5 mins to soften.
- Then stir in the garlic and cook for 1 min more.
- Stir in the ham, cream, and mustard, then bring to the boil.
- Add the pasta and broccoli, then stir in the cheese, coating everything in the sauce.
- Place in an oven dish, sprinkle some extra cheese on the top and cook for 20 minutes at 200°.
2. Smoky bacon 'pot noodle'
You don't need a typical pot noodle because this recipe takes it to a whole new level. It's still a lot easier than most meals and is the ideal thing to whip up in less than 10 minutes and you don't even have much prep OR washing up to do!
- In a small non-stick pan fry the bacon for a few minutes.
- Add the white spring onions, peas and paprika and cook for 1 minute.
- Mix the cornflour with a bit of the stock in a bowl to get a paste.
- Then stir this into the pan with the rest of the stock.
- Add the noodle and a good splash of Worcestershire sauce.
- Simmer for a couple of minutes until thick and saucy.
- Scatter the green parts of the spring onion on top.
3. Winter vegetable pie
What better than a pie to warm you up on these freezing nights? This one takes a bit longer to put together but it's worth it once you're tucking in. This is a veggie-friendly shepherd's pie recipe and has ALL of your 5-a-day so even if you're not a vegetarian, give it a try!
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil into a pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened.
- Stir in the flour and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the carrots, cauliflower/broccoli, garlic, rosemary and cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly until softened.
- Pour the tinned tomatoes into the pan with some water to wash out the can. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the lid and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the vegetables have cooked, then add the peas and cook for 1 minute.
- Boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until tender, drain and mash with some milk until a soft consistency and add the remaining olive oil.
- Heat the grill. Put the pan vegetable mix into an oven dish and cover the top with the mash. Place under the grill for a few minutes until the top is crispy brown.
4. Self-saucing chocolate pudding
And to finish all of the off, (of course) you need a dessert! Everyone deserves a little treat every now and then and this will be everything you need to sort your sweet craving. You should probably try and share this one with your flatmates otherwise, you could easily eat the whole thing on your own, and that's just dangerous.
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a small ovenproof baking dish.
- Melt the butter with the milk in a small pan over low heat. Add the vanilla, caster sugar, flour, and 1 tbsp cocoa and stir. Spread mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish.
- Add the brown sugar and remaining 1 tbsp cocoa in a bowl with 500ml boiling water. Stir until sugar has dissolved, then carefully pour over the pudding batter.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until the top is firm.
- Stand for 5 minutes to cool slightly.
- Dust the warm pudding with cocoa and serve immediately topped with cream.
What is great about these meals is that if there are any leftovers you can keep them in the fridge and have them throughout the week - which means, no more cooking!
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