Hearty Meals for the Cold Days

Hearty Meals

As the cold days start to roll in it’s important to remember to keep your body warm, healthy and full of fuel! We know that making hearty meals can sometimes be a hassle, although we’ve done our best to collate the easiest and best recipes to help you through those chilly days.

Have a gander below, take some inspiration and let us know what you think!

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Next level Spaghetti Bolognese


Tired of your plain old Spaghetti Bolognese? Add some new twists to the formula with this ramped up version of the traditional meal. This recipe throws in a few unorthodox methods and ingredients to deliver the ultimate pasta dish.

You’ll need:

  • olive oil
  • 400g beef mince
  • 400g Italian pork sausages, skinned and crumbled
  • 200g smoked pancetta
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • small bunch fresh basil, small leaves picked and reserved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • handful dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • ½ tsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml white wine
  • 100g parmesan, grated, rind removed and kept
  • spaghetti, to serve

View the full Recipe on GoodFood

Bean and Sausage Hotpot


Warm up after a long day with this hearty meal. The meaty mix is bound to fill you up, keeping you warm and content on a cold day.

You’ll need:

  • 8 large sausages (course-cut ones like Toulouse or Cumberland are ideal)
  • ¼ quantity tomato sauce (see ‘Goes well with’)
  • 3 x 400g/14oz cans butter beans
  • 1 tbsp black treacle or muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp English mustard

View the full Recipe on GoodFood

Garlic Roast Ham with Hotpot Potatoes


Looking to fill up a large group? This meal could feed up to 8 people! Along with sliced potatoes, carrots and gravy, this mighty meal will easy sustain you, your family and even your friends on a chilly day.

You’ll need:

  • 1.8kg part-boned leg of lamb
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • a few rosemary sprigs
  • a few thyme sprigs, plus a few extra to serve
  • 50g butter
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 400g pack diced mutton or lambshoulder, finely choppped
  • 2kg large potato, such as King Edwards, thinly sliced
  • 300g carrot, sliced at an angle
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 700ml lamb or beef stock, plus 450ml (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • steamed green beans and wilted spinach with nutmeg (optional), to serve

View the full Recipe on GoodFood

Slow Braised Beef and Barley


Juniper berries give this beef stew dish a distinctive flavour. The beef is slowly simmered until meltingly tender, while nourishing pot barley soaks up some of the juices and thickens the rich gravy to make a hearty casserole. Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable for great results!

You’ll need:

  • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) beef chuck or lean braising steak, trimmed and cut into 5 cm (2 in) cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, halved
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 juniper berries, lightly crushed
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 250 ml (8½ fl oz) full-bodied red wine
  • 12 baby onions
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 55g (2 oz) pearl barley
  • 400ml (14 fl oz) beef stock
  • 3 large carrots, cut into large chunks
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 1 swede, cut into 4 cm (1½ in) chunks
  • salt and pepper

View the full Recipe on AllRecipes

Slow cooked Beef Stew


Thick gravy and tender slow-cooked beef ideally served with mashed potatoes, cabbage and some nice crusty bread to mop up. Great to prepare all the vegetables the night before, especially if slow cooking.

You’ll need:

  • 1.2L (2 pt) water boiled from a kettle
  • 1/2 swede, cut into small chunks
  • 3 carrots, cut in chunks
  • 300g mushrooms, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 700g (1 1/2 lb) lean stewing or rump steak, cut into small chunks
  • 75g (3 oz) plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 beef stock cubes
  • 5 twists of black pepper from mill
  • 2 splashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Marmite
  • 1 desertspoon tomato puree

View the full Recipe on AllRecipes

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