Whether you’re feeling down and need a pick-me-up or just want a warm, cozy night at home, there’s nothing better than these comfort food recipes.
They’re satisfying, full of flavor, and make you feel like you’re getting a loving hug, in the form of a tasty meal, of course!
One bite of these 30 comfort food dishes will not only satisfy your belly, but they’ll also make your heart happy.
From crispy fries and cheesy casseroles to hot chocolate and brownies, there’s a food to suit your mood. Dig in!
1. Pizza Pot Pie
Pizza pot pie is the comfort food mash-up of your dreams. What is it, you ask?
Oh, nothing… just a hearty pot pie with a drool-worthy pizza on top. Think of it as a deep-dish pizza, but upside-down.
The pot pie is loaded with sausages, broccoli, bell peppers, and mushrooms. I mean! That alone is already scrumptious.
Then there’s the topping: a classic pepperoni pizza with ooey-gooey mozzarella. Seriously, how genius is this idea?
2. Beef Stew
This warm and hearty beef stew is the friend you need on a cold and lonely rainy evening. This is comfort food at its finest.
This stew is packed with melt-in-your-mouth beef with carrots, potatoes, and celery swimming in a rich and savory broth.
It’s brimming not only with flavor and texture, but with color as well.
It’s so comforting, I won’t be surprised if you gobble up one bowl after another. Sorry, discipline, you have no power here!
3. Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is a classic comfort food guaranteed to brighten a gloomy day.
If you’re looking for the perfect recipe, this one will surely make your mama proud.
The combination of firm and chewy egg noodles, chicken, and veggies is absolute perfection.
The broth, seasoned with thyme, oregano, parsley, and bay leaves, takes it over the top.
There are a lot of things going on in the soup, but somehow, it makes sense!
When it comes to Italian food, lasagna is, hands down, my favorite.
Layer upon layer of pasta, meat sauce, bechamel, and cheese: how can anyone resist?! Lasagna deserves a standing ovation.
Together, the layers create a harmonious flavor that will blow your taste buds away.
It’s hearty, meaty, creamy, and cheesy all at once. It really can’t get any better than that.
This chili tastes a lot like the one your mom used to make. One spoonful will bring back fun childhood memories.
I’m pretty sure this recipe is a little different, though.
The difference is that this one contains beer. Yep! Beer adds wonderful malty flavors to the chili that no other ingredient could.
Don’t worry, though, the alcohol in beer evaporates during cooking, so this chili is safe for kids.
6. Fettuccine Alfredo
Speaking of kids, here’s another dish that they’ll surely enjoy. Fettuccine Alfredo comprises al dente pasta and an unbelievably rich, creamy, and cheesy sauce.
This Fettuccine Alfredo is the definition of decadence. You really can’t go wrong with pasta, cream, and cheese.
Yes, it’s loaded with carbs and fats and things that can’t be good for you… but come on, live a little!
7. Chicken Parmesan Soup
If you’re looking for new comfort food, this might just be your new favorite.
Chicken parmesan in soup form? Now, that sounds lip-smacking.
A word of warning: this dish is insanely addictive. Don’t be surprised if you end up eating the whole batch.
The base of this soup is made of chicken broth, fire-roasted tomatoes, parmesan, and basil. That, in and of itself, is already pretty fantastic.
The pasta and chicken make it outrageously delicious.
8. John Wayne Casserole
John Wayne was an award-winning actor and filmmaker. His casserole deserves a trophy, too!
John Wayne casserole is a rich and hearty dish that will make your taste buds go wild with joy.
It’s made of ground beef, tomatoes, and chilies resting on a bed of biscuit crust topped with sour cream and mayo. To top it off is a thick layer of golden melted cheese.
It’s made of ground beef, tomatoes, and chilies resting on a bed of biscuit crust topped with sour cream and mayo.
To top it off is a thick layer of golden melted cheese.
Oh my God, how heavenly is that?! Can I get an Amen?
9. Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and dumplings is another American classic that will turn any frown around. It’s rich, hearty, satisfying, and everything you can ask for in comfort food.
Netflix, chill, and eat chicken and dumplings: that’s my definition of the perfect weekend.
There’s just something about pillowy dumplings and tender chicken in a savory broth that makes me happy!
10. Loaded Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies
These chocolate chips are ginormous in size and flavor, so they’re perfect for your big appetite.
When I say loaded, I mean loaded! These cookies aren’t just packed with chocolate chips, but peanut butter chips, Rice Krispies, oats, and coconut, as well.
Just imagine all those flavors in one bite! That’s what I call a match made in heaven.
11. Condensed Milk Bread
Ever heard of condensed milk bread? No? Well, you’re in for a treat.
Condensed milk bread is a ridiculously soft and buttery bread flavored with, as you may have guessed, sweetened condensed milk.
You won’t even need jam, jelly, or any spread. This bread is delicious on its own.
Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s also stunning.
Just look how delectable it is! It’s definitely a head-turner.
12. Chicken Pot Pie Noodle Skillet
Chicken pot pie noodle skillet is another novel comfort food sure to knock your socks off.
Transform classic chicken pot pie into an even more stunning meal!
This dish uses noodles instead of the usual crust. Trust me, this will be your new favorite.
Best of all, this is a quick and easy recipe, which means you can add this to your weekly meal rotation!
13. Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie is made of perfectly-seasoned beef, veggies, rich gravy, and of course, the star of the dish: mashed potatoes.
Together, these components make one mouth-watering, lip-smacking comfort food. It’s rich, tender, and full of flavor. Shepherd’s pie truly is heaven on earth!
14. Cowboy Cookies
These cowboy cookies are crisp, soft, and chewy all at once. This western treat is impossible to resist!
It’s a chocolate and an oatmeal cookie combined, and it’s the bomb! I’m usually not a fan of oatmeal cookies, but man, this one hits all the right notes.
15. Loaded Mac ‘n Cheese
The classic mac and cheese is already perfect as it is, but this recipe makes it even more extra.
Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, butter, sour cream, and milk are combined to make one sinful sauce. But it doesn’t end there.
It’s also seasoned with chives and green onions for an extra punch of flavor. But the best part?
Bacon… loads and loads of bacon. Ahh. Be still, my heart.
16. French Fries
Nothing beats the classics. Good-old-fashioned French fries never disappoint. The only downside is all the grease.
But what if I told you that you can have ridiculously delicious fries without all that fat?
These French fries are baked, not fried. The flavor? Just as good. The texture? Just as crisp!
17. Irish Mashed Potatoes
If you’re crazy for mashed potatoes, you’ll love this version. Colcannon is mashed potatoes with an Irish twist, and it’s downright delicious.
What makes it different from the classic? Well, apart from the potatoes and butter, colcannon is also stuffed with shredded cabbage and leeks.
It may sound strange, but it works. Try it to believe it!
This round-up of comfort foods will not be complete without burgers. The quintessential American comfort food never fails to put a smile on my face.
Tender and juicy beef, tomato, lettuce, onion, and melty cheese in between toasted buns is the perfect combination.
No matter what you serve it with – fries, onion rings, coleslaw -, you’ll have a happy meal (pun intended).
19. Sloppy Joe Pizza
Can’t decide between sloppy joes and pizza? With this recipe, you can have them both. This mash-up is spectacular!
If you’re wondering what this dish is, it’s literally pizza topped with sloppy joes. Can’t imagine how it tastes? One word: heavenly.
20. Chocolate Ice Cream
This homemade chocolate ice cream is decadent, delightful, and a breeze to make. It’s so easy, you won’t even need an ice cream maker.
All it takes are 4 ingredients that you probably already have on hand: whipping cream, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt. The hardest part is waiting for it to chill.
21. Chicken Enchiladas
These chicken enchiladas are ultra-rich and hearty. The combo of shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, and flour tortilla creates a lovely marriage of flavors and textures.
Both the chicken and the enchilada sauce are seasoned perfectly, making it impossible to stop at one serving.
22. Baileys French Toast
French toast is already amazing as it is, but adding Bailey’s makes it a thousand times better. It’s the best way to start your weekend.
Bailey’s Irish cream is all you’ll need to amp up your favorite French toast recipe.
It adds such a unique flavor, and let’s be honest, booze makes everything more exciting.
23. Beef Burritos
Beef burritos, to me, are the holy grail of Mexican food. This delectable dish is fit for a king!
It’s a simple recipe, but it yields such a spectacular dish. Well-seasoned beef, rice, veggies, and sauce are all wrapped in a soft tortilla.
This is the stuff of dreams. I can eat this all day!
24. Chocolate Cake
“I died and went straight to chocolate heaven.” That’s what I said when I sunk my teeth into this decadent chocolate cake.
This chocolate cake is ridiculously moist and chocolatey! Considering how delicious it is, it’s so surprising how easy it is to make.
It’s the perfect blank canvas for birthday and special occasion cakes! Feel free to frost and decorate however you want.
25. Apple Pie
Cozy autumn flavors united and gave us this delightful apple pie.
The crust is flaky and buttery, the apple filling is perfectly seasoned with brown sugar and cinnamon, and it is baked to perfection. You really can’t ask for more!
26. Fudgy Oreo Brownies
Super moist and fudgy brownies and Oreo cookies in one sinful dessert? What a masterpiece!
Brownies, even without the nuts, chocolate syrup, and other toppings, are already phenomenal. I’d eat them on their own and be happy.
This recipe, though, takes the humble brownie and turns it into a crazy delicious dessert.
Just stuff the brownies with Oreo cookies and top them with crushed ones. Genius!
27. Mexican Hot Chocolate
This isn’t your regular hot cocoa, folks. Mexican chocolate is mega-thick and decadent.
Say goodbye to your favorite powdered chocolate milk drink. Once you’ve tried this hot chocolate, you’ll never have it any other way.
It’s so thick, which means it’s also so chocolatey. But don’t worry, it’s not overly sweet.
It’s perfectly seasoned with spices, giving you just the right balance of flavors.
28. Spaghetti and Meatballs
Everyone has to have a recipe for spaghetti and meatballs. If you don’t, here you go. You’re welcome! 🙂
It’s such a simple recipe, but the result is always fantastic.
The marinara sauce is wonderfully sweet and tangy, and the meatballs are super tender and full of flavor!
Together with the pasta, they create an ideal weeknight dinner.
29. Pot Roast
This melt-in-your-mouth pot roast is sure to knock your socks off.
This southern classic is the perfect combination of chuck roast, au jus, ranch dressing, and pepperoncini peppers.
It’s ideal for special holidays, but also easy enough to make on a random weeknight.
30. Garlic Bread
Whether you eat it as a side dish or a snack, garlic bread is a fool-proof way to spark joy. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
The blend of toasted bread and garlic creates a beautiful flavor harmony in your mouth. It’s a side dish, alright, but it can steal the spotlight.
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