Comfort food… those cozy, nostalgic dishes we all crave on a rainy day, or when we’re just have a case of the blues. Sometimes, we just need something warm and comforting.
That’s why we brought you this collection of amazing Comfort Food Recipes. Now you have one place to find all of your favorites.
Here you’ll find the classics you grew up on like soups and stews, casseroles, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and more. We’ve also included some new ones, as well as comfort foods from around the world for you to try.
So cook your way through this delicious and comforting list. You’ll be glad you did!
1. Shrimp and Grits
We’re starting this list off with the ultimate Southern comfort food, Shrimp and Grits! Plump, well seasoned shrimp over a bed of creamy, cheesy grits. Mmmm…
2. Mashed Potatoes
You can’t have a list of comfort food recipes without mashed potatoes, they’re high on everybody’s list. This recipe is soft and fluffy, with some added flavor from goat cheese!
3. Johnny Marzetti
Johnny Marzetti? Even if you don’t know the name, you know the dish! It also goes by the names American goulash and American chop Suey. Ground beef, sausage, pasta and veggies in a tomatoey sauce and covered in tons of melty cheese!
4. Smothered Chicken
Smothered chicken is soul food at it’s best! Generously seasoned seared chicken thighs smothered in an amazing gravy. YUM!
5. Zuppa Toscana
There’s just something so comforting about a bowl of soup. This hearty and comforting soup is based on the version made famous by Olive Garden. But I don’t want to call it a copycat… because this home made version is much better!
6. Swedish Meatballs
These Swedish meatballs are the ultimate comfort food. Tender, perfectly cooked meat spheres smothered in the most delectable sauce. You’ll keep coming back for more!
7. Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup
What is Grilled Cheese Tomato Soup? Nostalgia in a bowl! Hearty tomato soup topped with crunchy croutons and molten gooey cheese. So so cozy!
8. Squash Casserole
This classic yellow Squash Casserole is a great every day side dish for your favorite Southern fare. Easy and delicious, this will be especially popular on your holiday spreads.
9. Beef Stew
Who doesn’t like a nice steaming pot of stew? Melt in your mouth beef, hearty veggies, and an amazing Guinness stout based gravy. So comforting!
10. Eggplant Parmesan
Do you like Italian food? Do you like comfort food? This Eggplant Parmesan is the perfect combination of both! There are healthier ways to cook it, but why spoil perfection?
11. Brunswick Stew
Brunswick stew – a hearty southern dish that’s perfect for chilly nights. If you love barbecue flavors, this is sure to become one of your new favorites.
12. Mac and Cheese
This beautiful Baked Mac and Cheese is cheesy, creamy and topped with panko-parmesan crunch bits. The panko gets mixed with parmesan, butter, and paprika to make for a beautiful golden-brown bake.
13. Parmesan Chicken Meatballs
This pot is the ultimate in cozy comfort. Tender, juicy meatballs smothered in one of the most decadently creamy and deliciously cheesy sauces.
14. Crustless Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
Pot pie without the pie? Yes, if you are like me craving those comfy, cozy flavors without the extra work. This one is for those lazy days.
15. Grillades and Grits
Grillades ‘n’ Grits, a Creole classic. Tender medallions of meat simmered in a tomato based gravy over creamy, cheesy grits. You’re in for a real treat with this one!
16. Dal Tadka
Dal, a staple comfort food in every Indian household. There are countless varieties. This is one of the most popular, it is always found in any Indian restaurant.
You didn’t think we would forget meatloaf, did you? This recipe, complete with a shiny glaze, is super easy and comes out tender and juicy every time. Pure comfort food!
18. Avgolemono Soup
Meet your new go to comfort food. This Greek Avgolemono Soup is your chicken noodle soup taken to the next level. It’s silky and smooth and oh so delicious.
19. Chicken and Dumplings
Is there any single dish that says “comfort food” more than chicken and dumplings? Hearty chicken stew topped with big fluffy dumplings, all in one pot. So cozy!
20. Loco Moco
Loco Moco is a fun, yet delicious, Hawaiian dish where a heap of rice is topped with a beef patty, smothered with gravy, and finished with a sunny side up egg. How cool!
21. Filipino Menudo
Are you ready for a big bowl of the most delicious, melt in your mouth pork stew? You’ve come to the right place! This Pork Menudo is a Filipino comfort food bursting with soul-satisfying flavors!
We are starting this list with everybody’s favorite, Lasagna! This one is such a classic comfort food that you need to perfect it. Tender sheets of pasta, a cheese filling, and a rich meaty tomato sauce will take you there. Luckily, such great flavors are so easy to create to bring that joy to everyone in your family.
23. Loaded Cauliflower Soup
This loaded cauliflower soup is cozy in a bowl. Hearty, creamy soup loaded with cheese, scallions and bacon. You won’t even miss the potatoes when slurping down this low carb treat!
24. Japanese Beef Curry
This Japanese Beef Curry has a milder and sweeter flavor than the curries of India and the Caribbean, but it’s equally packed with flavor. And it’s one of the most popular comfort foods in Japan!
25. Fasolada (Greek White Bean Soup)
Fasolada is the ultimate Greek comfort food. This white bean soup is notable for a very generous drizzling of olive oil. Yum!
Chili is perfect for cold winter nights, and is great for feeding a crowd. This giant batch of is loaded with three types of meat and three types of beans. Go ahead and have seconds, there will still be plenty for leftovers!
27. Gigi Hadid Pasta
What is Gigi Hadid Pasta? Simple… Pasta made by Gigi Hadid, which broke the internet when it went viral on instagram and tiktok. If you look closely, it’s the same delicious creamy and cheesy pasta alla vodka, with a slight makeover – it gets pleasantly spiked with heat from red chili flakes.
28. Jambalaya Soup
How about starting this list with this slurp worthy Jambalaya Soup? This hearty soup is boldly flavored with great Creole seasoning and is loaded with meats and veggies. It’s great on the stovetop, or in a slow cooker or instant pot.
29. Bistec Encebollado
Bistec Encebollado, simply meaning steak and onions in Spanish. If you don’t know Bistec Encebollado… well, it’s about time you learn this Latin comfort food!
Your search for the best homemade pizza is over. This classic pizza is topped with a simple fresh pizza sauce made from canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. You’ll want to make this homemade pizza recipe over and over again.
31. Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Paprikash… Out-of-this-world Delicious! Paprika basks in the limelight here, in a rich, comforting Hungarian Chicken Stew, Paprikas Csirke, as it’s known belovedly in Hungary.
32. Welsh Rarebit
This British classic will be a staple in your kitchen. Breakfast? Snack? Dinner? You are all set if you have this pile of cheesy goodness ready!
33. Jollof Rice
This colorful and tasty one pot meal is a classic West African comfort food. Simple preparation, then in the oven it goes. Impress your guests with this easy and exotic treat!
34. Green Rice Casserole
This green rice casserole can be great addition to your holiday spread or an easy quick meal on meatless nights. Creamy, cheesy goodness with spinach and peppers, this might become your new favorite rice dish.
Jägerschnitzel, translated as Hunter’s Schnitzel, is about as “comfort foody” as you can get. It’s rich. It’s fried. And, oh, that gravy!
36. Fried Chicken
Here’s a classic comfort food… Fried Chicken! This is simply the best fried chicken you’ll ever make! A golden, super crispy outside and a moist and juicy inside. Serve it alongside a pile of mashed potatoes and you are all set!
37. Beef Bourguignon (Julia Child Recipe)
Beef Bourguignon is a savory French classic. Tender chunks of beef, veggies and potatoes braised in a wine infused broth. So good. Foods like these are meant for one happy meal time.
38. Tuna Casserole
This tuna noodle casserole is an easy, thrifty casserole with a base of tender egg noodles, savory gravy, sweet peas, and delicate flakes of tuna with a crispy, cheesy top. This is a comfort food we all grew up with.
39. Dominican Pollo Guisado (Chicken Stew)
Pollo Guisado, a classic comfort food in many Latin countries. This Dominican version uses simple ingredients to create an amazing depth of flavor.
40. Apple Pie
We’re wrapping up this list with the quintessential American dessert… Apple Pie! This recipe has a super flaky crust and a perfectly seasoned apple pie filling. All you need is a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream!
There you have it, forty great comfort food recipes to keep you cozy. Pin or bookmark this collection of great picnic food recipes so you always know where to find it.
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- 4 lbs potatoes
- 1.25 cups milk, warmed
- 4 Tbsp butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel the potatoes and cut them into same size pieces and place them in a large pot full of cold water.
- Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 15-20 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes and mash them by hand. Add in warm milk a little at a time, melted butter, salt and pepper and keep on mashing until smooth.
- Taste and season. Stir in parsley and add additional butter on top before serving.
- Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you!
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