1 of 25 Maria Robledo
This twist on mac and cheese contains (don’t tell the kids) chopped cauliflower, which adds a nutty essence.
2 of 25 Maura McEvoy
Before popping it into the oven, top a meat loaf with strips of bacon to make it extra juicy and flavorful.
3 of 25 Maria Robledo
This pot pie’s velvety smooth sauce is a blend of olive oil, white wine, and low-fat milk.
4 of 25 William Meppem
Twice-baked potatoes, topped with an egg, are mixed with butter and Parmesan cheese―and sinfully rich.
5 of 25 Maria Robledo
This all-time favorite is less indulgent―it’s made with low-fat milk and reduced-fat cream cheese―but no less sublime.
6 of 25 David Prince
Loaded with sweet potatoes and broccoli, this satisfying chowder can be also be made with chicken or pork.
7 of 25 Susie Cushner
A savory combination of beef, red wine, and thyme makes this dish worth the wait.
8 of 25 Marcus Nilsson
This one-pot casserole looks a bit wild, but its combination of Gruyère and ham is scrumptious.
9 of 25 Susie Cushner
A staple of Louisiana Creole cuisine, gumbo has a mix of full flavors, like bacon, thyme, and okra.
10 of 25 Maria Robleda
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.
11 of 25 Christopher Baker
Another indisputable comfort food classic that proves there’s no need to get complex.
12 of 25 Marcus Nilsson
The turkey may be the star, but would it be the same without stuffing? (Which wins too, hands down, in the coveted leftovers category.)
13 of 25 Kan Kanbayashi
Three cheeses―Parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta―melt together in this oozy delight.
14 of 25 Kan Kanbayashi
A meal that’s elegant enough to serve to company can still be comfort food, as in the case of these mint-infused lamb chops.
15 of 25 Lisa Cohen
Hearty corn chowder made with russet potatoes and bacon seems as though it were invented to warm you on a chilly day.
16 of 25 Susie Cushner
A long simmer in a slow cooker with mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, and wine gives pot roast some Tuscan zest.
17 of 25 Dana Gallagher
A dash of nutmeg accents the natural sweetness of these creamy mashed potatoes.
18 of 25 Rob Howard
Thick with beef, peppers, beans, and tomatoes, a lager-spiked chili is a meal in every bite.
19 of 25 Sang An
Pair that chili with corn spoon bread. Or, it’s good enough to eat by itself, baked until golden and warm from the oven.
20 of 25 Quentin Bacon
Yes, they’re a first-class side, but stir smoky bacon into molasses-and–brown sugar–flavored baked beans and serve with slabs of dark buttered bread, and they stand on their own.
21 of 25 Maria Robledo
No roundup of favorite comfort food would be complete without fried chicken and greens (though here the chicken, coated in multigrain cereal, is actually baked).
22 of 25 Maria Robledo
This robust beef-and-noodle combo seems especially substantial on a brisk winter night.
23 of 25 Con Poulos
For a thoroughly satisfying meal, you can’t go wrong with thick slices of roast beef flavored with the distinctive tang of onions.
24 of 25 Tina Rupp
Sage. Turkey. Gravy. Together, a combination that winningly evokes memories of home-cooked meals.