02/20/2016 08:24 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

8 Slow-Cooked Recipes for a Cozy Winter Weekend


When wintry weather has you stuck inside, there's no better way to pass the time than cooking cozy and delicious foods. These dishes may take a little longer to make, but they're totally worth the extra time.

1. Sausage Lasagna


Lasagna is a cooking project if there ever was one, but it's perfect for feeding a crowd and everyone loves it. Plus, it freezes beautifully: make two and save one for another night. GET THE RECIPE

2. Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes


This is a classic French beef stew, otherwise known as Beef Bourguignon. The meat is seared in olive oil first, then slowly braised with garlic and onions in a wine-based broth. After a few hours in the oven, the meat becomes meltingly tender and enveloped in a rich, deeply flavored sauce. With over 600 reviews, it's one of my most popular recipes. GET THE RECIPE

3. Easy Slow-Cooked BBQ Boneless Short Ribs


You can't beat meltingly tender short ribs slow-cooked in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. And here's the best part: only 15 minutes of prep work and the oven does the rest. Unlike many roast or stew recipes, it's not necessary to sear the meat first -- you simply slather it with sauce, put it in the oven, and let deliciousness ensue. GET THE RECIPE

4. Fettucini Bolognese


This pasta in a richly flavored meat sauce is perfect for Sunday night family dinner. The sauce simmers on the stove for several hours, making the house smell delicious and inviting. GET THE RECIPE

5. Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken


This is my take on Pollo a la Brasa, the delicious spit-roasted chicken made popular by so many Peruvian restaurants. The chicken is first marinated in olive oil, lime juice, garlic and spices, and then oven-roasted until tender, juicy and crisp-skinned. The accompanying green sauce -- which gets it's color from cilantro and jalapeño peppers -- is spicy, creamy and downright addictive. GET THE RECIPE

6. Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls


Is there anything more comforting than homemade chicken matzo ball soup? Making it is a bit of a "potschke," as my mother would say (meaning it requires some fussing), but it's not hard -- you pretty much throw everything into a pot and forget it, and the matzo balls are made from a mix. GET THE RECIPE

7. Onion-Braised Beef Brisket


This is my favorite brisket recipe, and it's surprisingly simple to make. There's no wine, stock or bottled sauces added; instead, the brisket is cooked on top of a massive heap of onions, which slowly caramelize and release their juices, making a flavorful French onion soup-like braising liquid all their own. GET THE RECIPE

8. Chicken Chili with White Beans


Comfort food doesn't have to be rich and heavy. In fact, this is a healthy chili you can actually feel good about eating: it's loaded with veggies, and chock-full of protein-rich chicken and beans. GET THE RECIPE