Cozy Meals, Good for the Soul

They say, “a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.” To me, this means putting a little extra effort into a cozy & comforting dinner to squeeze every last second of goodness out of the weekend. This is a collection of my favorite recipes for Sunday Supper or any special dinner for that matter. Try this super-indulgent Pork Ragu or this Best-Ever Bolognese (heaven in a bowl!) or this bright & cheery Citrus & Maple Glazed Ham or this Hearty Minestrone Soup recipe!

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Cheesy Butternut Squash Gratin

A new holiday dinner staple: Cheesy Butternut Squash Gratin with Smoked Gouda & Herbed Breadcrumbs! Melt-in-your-mouth creamy & tender butternut squash is infused with onion & sage then topped with melty & smoky gouda & perfectly toasty breadcrumbs for the ultimate holiday dinner bite. This squash au gratin is easy…

Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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Aunt Kari’s Sourdough Stuffing with Sausage & Mushrooms

Introducing you to our favorite homemade stuffing: Herbed Sourdough Stuffing with Sausage & Mushrooms! Sourdough bread cubes are tossed with butter & tons of fresh herbs & mixed with sage pork sausage, mushrooms, + a super-secret ingredient that takes this sausage stuffing recipe to the next level. Bake until browned with perfect craggy-crisp edges & the center is so creamy it nearly melts in your mouth. This stuffing is easy to make, classic with a couple of gourmet touches, & totally worthy of a spot on your Thanksgiving table! Meal prep & make-ahead instructions provided!

Chris’ Kinda-Famous Roasted Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

An easy & ultra-creamy Roasted Garlic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes recipe! Yukon gold potatoes are mashed with butter & buttermilk until perfectly creamy, & finished with deeply caramelized roasted garlic. The perfect side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any comfort food dinner! Make-Ahead, Stovetop, Slow Cooker, & Instant Pot instructions provided.

Creamy Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Brown Butter Sage Breadcrumbs

The ultimate mac & cheese recipe for fall: Creamy Pumpkin Mac & Cheese with Brown Butter Sage Breadcrumbs! Pasta is tossed into a velvety, rich pumpkin cheese sauce made with warm fall spices & 3 types of cheese, finished with crispy brown butter sage breadcrumbs, & baked until bubbly & perfect. This homemade pumpkin macaroni & cheese is savory, rich, creamy & decadent. Perfect for the best cozy dinner this fall, or to serve as a festive side dish at Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving.

Italian Chicken and Gnocchi Dumplings

The ultimate cozy meal for comfort food season: Italian Chicken and Gnocchi Dumplings! The creamiest homemade chicken soup with a little bit of Italian flair – it is infused with Italian spices & parmesan, & finished with pillowy, fluffy fresh gnocchi dumplings. This chicken and gnocchi soup is a creamy, comforting one-pot wonder, & it's ready in 60 minutes or less!

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Creamy Pork Marsala with Mushrooms

One of our favorite classic comforts, Creamy Pork Marsala with Mushrooms! Pan-fried pork chops & deeply caramelized mushrooms served smothered in a creamy marsala sauce. Enjoy it on its own, or pile it atop pasta, polenta, or mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort food meal! This pork chop marsala delivers the cozy comfort of a home-cooked meal in a totally restaurant-worthy way – & it all comes together in 35 minutes or less!

Hearty Vegan Pumpkin Chili

Just in time for cool autumn nights, the coziest Vegan Pumpkin Chili! This plant-based chili delivers bold flavor, hearty texture, warm spice, & the perfect kick of heat. Plus, it's packed with autumnal flare, thanks to 3 layers of pumpkin. The ultimate pumpkin chili recipe! Perfect for weeknights or game day. Stovetop, slow cooker, & Instant Pot directions provided. Naturally vegetarian, vegan, & dairy-free.

Cast Iron Skillet Pizza all’Amatriciana

Say hello to your newest at-home pizza night favorite: Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Amatriciana! Cast iron pizza is the simplest, quickest, & easiest way to make the perfect homemade pizzas without any special equipment or gadgets: you need a cast iron skillet, pizza dough, & your favorite pizza night toppings! This post will walk you through everything you need to know about how to cook pizza in a cast iron skillet - be sure to bookmark for later! This cast iron skillet pizza recipe yields the easiest homemade pizza with perfectly crisp & chewy crust, finished with all'Amatriciana-inspired toppings – spicy, pancetta-infused tomato sauce with plenty of cheese & pepperoni (toppings variations offered at the end of this post!).

Slow Roasted Whole Chicken Soup

There is no better way to kick soup season off than with this Slow Roasted Whole Chicken Soup recipe! Whole chicken slowly roasts in an intensely aromatic broth infused onions, garlic, & fresh herbs, until it's fall-off-the-bone tender. Serve the roasted chicken noodle soup with egg noodles & crusty bread for the perfect cozy meal. If you've never made chicken soup with whole chicken, you are in the right place - this is the coziest & easiest homemade chicken soup recipe you'll ever make!

Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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