25 Simple and Delicious Comfort Food Recipes
Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower
This twist on mac and cheese contains (don’t tell the kids) chopped cauliflower, which adds a nutty essence.
Get the recipe: Macaroni and Cheese With Cauliflower
Meat Loaf With Bacon
Before popping it into the oven, top a meat loaf with strips of bacon to make it extra juicy and flavorful.
Get the recipe: Meat Loaf With Bacon
Chicken and Vegetable Potpie
This potpie’s velvety smooth sauce is a blend of olive oil, white wine, and low-fat milk.
Get the recipe: Chicken and Vegetable Potpie
Twice-baked potatoes, topped with an egg and mixed with butter and Parmesan cheese are sinfully rich.
Get the recipe: Baked-Potato Eggs
This all-time favorite is less indulgent―it’s made with low-fat milk and reduced-fat cream cheese―but no less sublime.
Get the recipe: Creamed Spinach
Loaded with sweet potatoes and broccoli, this satisfying chowder can be also be made with chicken or pork.
Get the recipe: Salmon, Sweet Potato, and Broccoli Chowder
A savory combination of beef, red wine, and thyme makes this dish worth the wait.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Classic Beef Stew
Drunken Cheesy Bread
This one-pot casserole looks a bit wild, but its combination of Gruyère and ham is scrumptious.
Get the recipe: Drunken Cheesy Bread
A staple of Louisiana Creole cuisine, gumbo has a mix of full flavors, like bacon, thyme, and okra.
Get the recipe: Seafood Gumbo
The ingredients are unremarkable: chewy crust, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella. But what they add up to, topped with basil and baked until the cheese is good and melted, is anything but.
Get the recipe: Pizza Margherita
Another indisputable comfort food classic that proves there’s no need to get complex.
Get the recipe: Beef Burgers
The turkey may be the star, but would it be the same without stuffing? (Which wins too, hands down, in the coveted leftovers category.)
Get the recipe: Herb Stuffing
Three cheeses―Parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta―melt together in this oozy delight.
Get the recipe: Three-Cheese Calzone
A meal that’s elegant enough to serve to company can still be comfort food, as is the case with these mint-infused lamb chops.
Get the recipe: Lamb Chops With Potato-Carrot Pancakes
Hearty corn chowder made with russet potatoes and bacon seems as though it were invented to warm you on a chilly day.
Get the recipe: Corn Chowder
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
A dash of nutmeg accents the natural sweetness of these creamy mashed potatoes.
Get the recipe: Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Thick with beef, peppers, beans, and tomatoes, a lager-spiked chili is a meal in every bite.
Get the recipe: Chili for a Crowd
Corn Spoon Bread
Pair that chili with corn spoon bread. Or, it’s good enough to eat by itself, baked until golden and warm from the oven.
Get the recipe: Corn Spoon Bread
Yes, they’re a first-class side, but stir smoky bacon into molasses and brown-sugar flavored baked beans, serve with slabs of dark buttered bread, and they stand on their own.
Get the recipe: Baked Beans
Crispy Chicken and Greens
No roundup of favorite comfort food would be complete without fried chicken and greens (though, here the chicken, coated in multi-grain cereal, is actually baked).
Get the recipe: Crispy Chicken and Garlicky Collards
This robust beef-and-noodle combo seems especially substantial on a brisk winter night.
Get the recipe: Beef Stroganoff With Yogurt and Dill
For a thoroughly satisfying meal, you can’t go wrong with thick slices of roast beef flavored with the distinctive tang of onions.
Get the recipe: Roast Beef and Onions
Turkey and Gravy
Sage. Turkey. Gravy. Together, a combination that winningly evokes memories of home-cooked meals.
Get the recipe: Sage-Roasted Turkey Breast and Gravy.
In the realm of comfort food, what is more quintessential than mashed potatoes? These are made extra-rich with butter, cream, and buttermilk.
Get the recipe: Mashed Potatoes With Caramelized Shallots