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Veg-Forward Comfort Food

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Bring on the comfort food.

These short days and long cold nights have us craving a meal that’s hearty, filling and ready to warm us up. When people talk about “comfort food,” they’re usually referencing the familiar and unhealthy indulgences we’ve come to know and love—high in carbs, high in calories, and well, really tasty. Nonna’s mac ‘n cheese comes to mind.

But what if we said comfort food can be healthy too? At the very least, you can cozy up with hearty, fulfilling meals that are loaded with the good stuff. This includes greens and vegetables like kale, spinach and cauliflower, but also hallmark ingredients of that famously heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, such as olives, artichokes and marinated peppers.

Here are some winning winter recipe ideas that are ready to indulge your cravings and satisfy your need for a load of veggies.

Spaghetti Pomodoro with Kale and White Beans

This 30-minute pasta recipe features some common pantry items and is a tasty way to sneak in some veggies.

Italian-Style Mushroom Ramen

An irresistible noodle bowl that starts earthy-sweet mushrooms in a simple broth, this winter weeknight recipe is ready to warm up any evening.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Easy enough for a weeknight meal but impressive enough for dinner guests, this creamy mushroom-loaded pasta recipe redefines comfort food.

Vegetarian Bolognese

Everything you love about the hearty meat sauce, Bolognese, but with a veggie-loaded twist. We take it to new heights with briny green olives and fresh fragrant herbs.

Chickpea and Caponata Brothy Pasta

Easy enough for a weeknight Meatless Monday meal, this pasta-soup hybrid will warm you up and fill you up with chickpeas, eggplant caponata, tomatoes and bite-sized orecchiette pasta.

Baked Pasta with Spinach, Artichokes and Brie

This cheesy baked pasta recipe includes spinach and artichokes alongside decadent Brie cheese and our twirly gemelli noodles.

Gnocchi with Kale in a Creamy Cheesy Tomato Sauce

Under the term “comfort food” in the dictionary, you’re bound to find a cheesy gnocchi recipe. We can’t think of a better way to cozy up than this one, starring kale, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella balls.

Greek Mac and Cheese

A killer comfort food brimming with all of your favorite Greek flavors, this colorful mac ‘n cheese will make you forget it’s cold outside.

Red Pepper Cashew Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower

This recipe proves you don’t need meat or dairy to indulge. This is one pasta recipe you have to try to believe.

Cheesy Baked Penne with Roasted Veggies

With healthy veggies in every bite, this loaded cheesy baked penne is the remedy for those cold-weather blues.

Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Ditch the layers for this lasagna recipe. Use lasagna sheets to roll up your creamy spinach-flecked ricotta. This recipe is as fun to make as it is tasty.

Eggplant Parmesan Baked Ziti

Talk about comfort food! This recipe is the best of both worlds—an Italian-inspired baked ziti recipe is topped off with crispy fried eggplant and fresh basil.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna with Marinara

This superstar Sunday lasagna recipe features creamy goat cheese with the irresistible sweetness of your favorite roasted vegetables—a modern take on you’re the classic comfort food.

Need some more inspiration? Check our gallery of recipes!