5 Winter Warmer Recipes with Cheese

We’re not quite all the way through autumn, but in anticipation of the cold days ahead, it’s good to start stockpiling warming, ‘comfort food’ recipes to keep the winter chill away. And, when it comes to warming comfort food, we can’t think of anything more comforting than cheese!

Here are five cheesy winter warmer dishes you’ll want to add to your recipe repertoire.

Cheesy Fish Pie with Kale

We’re starting off with this cheesy fish pie with kale recipe from BBC Good Food. Packed with simple but wholesome ingredients, this fish pie dish is easy to make and scale up. It’s extra creamy too, thanks to its filling of whole milk, multiple cheeses and flour. Peas and kale are also added into the filling, as well as fish pie mix (this recipe uses salmon, haddock and prawns).

The filling is finally topped with a mouth-watering cheesy mash before being baked. Serve this fish pie with a green salad for a well-rounded and filling dish perfect for winter.

Alpine Macaroni Cheese

This macaroni cheese recipe from The Happy Foodie was inspired by a warm leek and lardon tart enjoyed after a long hike in the French Alps, making it rather fitting as a winter comfort food.

You’ll start by frying leeks and speck (or smoked bacon), then making creamy macaroni cheese with gruyére cheese, milk, flour and warming mustard and nutmeg. It’s all topped with breadcrumbs mixed with the remaining cheese, then grilled to golden perfection. To turn this into a full meal, you can add a side of steamed broccoli.

Cheesy Potato Bake

If you’re looking for a vegetarian-friendly winter warmer that doesn’t skimp on the cheese, then look no further than this cheesy potato bake from Hungry Healthy Happy. This recipe is an absolute breeze to make and can be enjoyed as a side dish or, when served with bread, a main.

A mustardy cheese sauce, made with mature cheddar, whole milk, butter and flour, is mixed with chunks of potato and leeks, then baked under a coating of mozzarella. For extra indulgence, add a splash of cream to the cheese sauce.

Welsh Rarebit

Traditional Welsh rarebit is more than just cheese on toast – it’s a super cosy, satisfying snack that will keep you warm in the colder weather.

This Tesco recipe uses a thick cheddar cheese sauce buffed up with milk, beer, warming spices and a lightly beaten egg, which is then spread on top of toasted white bread and grilled until the cheese is golden brown and bubbling. We can’t think of a better snack to enjoy late in the winter night!

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

We can’t end a list about cheesy, comforting dishes without including a pasta recipe, so here it is: a cosy chicken parmesan pasta bake from Simply Delicious.

You’ll make a sauce base by combining tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and herbs and spices, then mix it all with cooked chicken and cooked pasta in an oven-proof dish. Top it all off with grated mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, then bake until the cheese on top is melted and golden brown. Enjoy!

Until next time…