10 Easy Dutch Oven Dinner Recipes to Cook This Winter

Looking for something to slow-cook this Winter weekend? Want to up to cozy-ness of your house and be rewarded with a heartwarming dinner at the end of the day? Love the idea of a big pot of something simmering away in the oven with little hands-on prep? I’ve got you. Here are 10 easy Dutch oven recipes to slow cook this winter. We’re talking stews, soups, delicious pastas, and I’ve even thrown in homemade soda bread to mop up all that sauciness!

PS. They freeze well too!


two bowls of roast butternut chipotle soup without cream on a timber bench.

Roast Butternut Pumpkin Chipotle Soup (without cream)

This roast butternut chipotle soup without cream is a total winner. It’s simple to make, hearty, and ridiculously inexpensive.  The perfect cold-weather soup!

flatlay of a frypan of slow cooked beef and red wine ragu on a bed of capunti pasta, with parmasean and basil leaves.

Slow-Cooked Beef and Red Wine Ragu with Capunti Pasta

Beef and red wine ragu with a glass of wine, on the couch in front of Netflix is my happy place after a long day at the store. It’s meaty, full of red wine & tomatoes, and is one of the most soul warming dishes around.

frypan of slow cooked beef stroganoff with black pepper pappardelle

Big Batch: Slow Cooked Beef Stroganoff (Dutch oven)

Stew and pasta… talk about ultimate comfort food!

a bowl of slow-cooked Mexican beef cheeks on a bed of rice in a bowl

Slow Cooked Mexican Pulled Beef Cheeks (Dutch Oven)

We do Mexican Tuesdays every week and the good thing about cooking this big batch of Mexican shredded beef, is that we always have leftovers for Wednesday night as well as the odd lunch or two! One pot can easily be transformed into tacos one night, enchiladas the next.

A black cast iron pot of slow cooked, Irish lamb Stew on a bench

An Irishman’s Wife’s Traditional Irish Lamb Stew Recipe

Because what’s the good of an Irishman’s wife if she doesn’t have a good traditional Irish Lamb Stew recipe up her sleeve?

a bowl of rigatoni bolognese sprinkled with parmesan cheese and fresh basil on a wooden table.

Slow-cooked Rigatoni Bolognese (Dutch Oven)

My Rigatoni Bolognese is a family staple, a classic Italian dish, and one of my go-to recipes. Serve alongside a green salad and garlic bread.

a load of bacon, chive and cheese soda bread in a black cast iron frypan on a floured surface

Irish Bacon and Cheddar Soda Bread

Soda Bread… The ultimate quick bread. A time-poor mum’s Sunday morning savior when she hasn’t got a loaf of sourdough on the go. In under an hour, this savory soda bread will save your bacon (pardon the pun!) and give you a delicious, yet totally easy to bake, loaf of bread for the Sunday table.

A black pot of Persian lamb shank and vegetable soup with nann bread on the side

Persian Lamb Shank and Vegetable Soup

This slow-cooked lamb shank soup has all the ingredients of the perfect Sunday supper, and if you’re really lucky, there will be leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!

a oval cast iron french oven full of slow cooked beef cheeks in red wine with carrots and mushrooms.

Big Batch: Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks in Red Wine

We’re talking melt-in-your-mouth, slow-cooked beef cheeks, and vegetables in red wine gravy. Serve with lashings of creamy mashed potato, and buttered beans for a delicious dinner party or family dinner.

A black dutch oven full of black bean chili con carne with a chopped salad and corn chips.

Slow Cooked Black Bean Chili Con Carne (in a Dutch Oven)

This Dutch oven chili con carne is one of my go-to batch cooking recipes, and it freezes perfectly, so hello cozy mid-week dinner. It’s perfect comfort food, the entire family loves it, and it makes a  nice hearty meal after a long day at the store. 

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