10 Heavenly Comfort Foods

I say “comfort food,” and you say…?

Although I can’t really hear you, I imagine your answer includes something warm and hearty. A casserole, perhaps? Are mashed potatoes involved? Is there something baking in the oven? I bet it smells like home.

Nothing has the ability to transport you to another time and place like food. It’s so wonderful that way.

Tonight, take yourself “home,” or make memories in a new home with the people you love. Put on your favorite music, gather around the table, and have something comforting, along with your good company.

Baked Ziti

This hearty baked ziti makes enough food to feed a proverbial army (or at least a legion of starving teenagers). Whip up a big batch, and love it for leftovers!

Cajun Meatloaf

Paprika, fennel, and spicy green onions might not sound like your typical meatloaf ingredients, but you won’t be able to resist this delish spin on the classic dish.

It’s Not Easy Being Green Bean Casserole

You really can’t beat a green bean casserole with crispy onions on top. That warm balance of creamy gravy and the crunch of beans and onions is tops!

Smoky Roasted Rapini and Strozzapreti

Warm pasta, roasted veggies, and homey spices like paprika and fennel make this simple recipe a dish that’s bound to become a new favorite in your family.

Beef Pot Pie Casserole with Cheddar Poppy Crust

While some pot pie crusts are (delicious) basic biscuits, this recipe brings it to a whole new level. Rach calls it “crazy delicious,” and you will, too!


Bacon, eggs, and pasta. What’s more comforting than that? This is John’s favorite recipe, and it’s going to be one of yours, too!

Vermont Chicken Pie

The great thing about this particular pot pie recipe is how quickly it comes together. While the chicken poaches, the veggies are quickly sautéed while you make a gravy at the same time. Pop it in the oven for about 10 minuts, and voila!

Paprika Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

The difference between a pot pie and a shepherd’s pie is in the topping: shepherd’s pie is topped with mashed potatoes (oh yeah!), so pick your favorite taste or texture!

Deep Dish Eggplant Parmigiana

Eggplant parm is right up there in classic, Italian comfort foods with lasagna. This version is a bit lighter (no breading on the eggplant!), but that doesn’t mean it won’t fill you up!

New York Deli-Style Mac and Cheese: Budget-Friendly Version

Warm, hearty mac and cheese is topped with a rye bread crumble. Seconds, please!

Bonus: Sweet and Salty Brownies

What’s comfort food without a comforting dessert?  This special brownie features bittersweet chocolate, a homemade caramel center, sea salt, and a huge helping of love.

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