40 of Our Most Delicious Comfort Food Recipes
Comfort food is warm and inviting, hearty and crowd-pleasing, and always delicious. These simple recipes, such as our favorite All-Beef Meatloaf, pack in plenty of flavor and offer a taste of nostalgia.
What counts as comfort food? A big bowl of pasta certainly fits the bill, which is why we included two delicious iterations of spaghetti and meatballs. The first is a classic: our Test Kitchen's Favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs. The meatballs are made up of equal parts chopped cremini mushrooms and ground beef, which give them A+ texture and rich, umami flavor. The other—Spaghetti and Eggplant "Meatballs," pictured here—is a satisfying vegetarian version made with eggplant and white beans, which add plenty of might without the meat.
Another classic comfort food recipe is macaroni and cheese. Sure, the boxed version is convenient, but our recipe is so indulgent that you won't mind an extra step or two. Use a combination of American, cheddar, and Parmesan cheese to create a luscious sauce. Your family will also love digging into Creamy Baked Ziti, which uses whole peeled tomatoes as the base for the tomato sauce and a cheesy trio of cream cheese, low-moisture mozzarella, and grated Parmesan.
We have some sweet comfort food, too. Perhaps the most classic dessert recipes ever are our Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chewy Brownies. Whether you serve them for a family birthday party or make a batch just because, they're sure to be gone in a snap.
From classic beef stew to the French-inspired beef bourguignon, take a trip across the world and through the past with these comfort food recipes.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Mac and Cheese
Test Kitchen's Favorite All-Beef Meatloaf
Quick Fried Chicken and Waffles
Test Kitchen's Favorite Tomato Soup
Chili is just about everyone's favorite comfort food, especially on game day, and this recipe is sure to score big. Make a double batch of hearty chili over the weekend, then serve it over polenta, stuffed into bell peppers, or spooned over crunchy nachos all week long.
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Biscuits
Creamy Stone-Ground Grits
Chicken Potpie with Brown-Butter Crust
Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes
Once you try this comfort food recipe, you'll realize how simple it is to whip up a batch of homemade pancakes. The batter—made with flour, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, lemon juice, and leaveners—comes together in a snap and you're on your way to a perfect stack.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken and Dumplings
We love the old-fashioned feel of this family-friendly chicken dish. Top the comforting filling will large spoonfuls of biscuit dough.
Creamy Baked Ziti
Try this take on the classic pasta casserole. It's made with three kinds of cheese—mozzarella, Parmesan, and cream cheese. The latter is richer and silkier than ricotta cheese and makes for a truly unforgettable comfort food dinner.
Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger
Whether you serve it over pasta or sandwiched in a hoagie roll, chicken Parmesan is an easy and comforting bite. You can make the breaded chicken cutlets in advance and store them in the freezer until you're ready to pile on the sauce and cheese.
Classic Cheese Fondue
Roast Chicken with Vegetables and Potatoes
An all-American recipe, this poultry-and-potatoes dinner is the definition of comfort food. Toss carrots, shallots, potatoes, and lemon halves with olive oil, salt, and pepper, arrange in a roasting pan, and top with the chicken before putting it in the oven.
Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
Cacio e Pepe
Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken Noodle Soup
What's not to love about this comforting bowl? It's soothing if you have a cold, but also a cozy meal during winter, and delicious year-round. This one is our favorite soup recipes because it uses a whole chicken, which is more economical than buying pieces.
This comfort food recipe will teach you how to make French fries completely from scratch and achieve a crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside result.
Classic Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Tonight's supper comes in the form of a one-pot beef roast with garlic, carrots, and Yukon Gold potatoes. It only requires 15 minutes of prep work but needs eight hours to cook on low in the slow-cooker, so put it together in the morning and it will be ready by dinnertime.
Baked Beans with Bacon
Baked French Toast
Classic Beef Stew
Build a flavorful sauce for beef chuck with Worcestershire sauce, red wine, chicken broth, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Let the beef and vegetables braise with the sauce until everything is fork-tender and totally succulent.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs
Coq au Vin
Perfect for entertaining or a cozy family meal, this classic French dish of braised beef is richly flavored with rosemary, bay leaves, beef stock, red wine, and tomato paste. The cut of beef used is chuck, which becomes super tender as it cooks low and slow.
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Our take on this favorite baked pasta is layered with a sauce made with sweet Italian sausage and lean ground beef, and a rich cheesy filling. Using no-boil lasagna noodles saves prep time and makes this comfort food main course easier than ever.
Everyone will jump out of bed when the smell of cinnamon wafts through the kitchen into their bedrooms. You may do a double-take when you find out that the secret ingredient to the pillowy dough is mashed potatoes, but we promise it makes a huge, wonderful difference.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Grilled Cheese
Wondering how to get the perfect golden-brown crust on each slice of bread without it sticking to the pan? A combination of softened butter and mayonnaise does the trick. For the cheese, we like using both American and sharp cheddar—that combination creates the ultimate pull.
Make a big batch of this hearty Bolognese sauce and keep it in the freezer so it's on hand whenever you're craving a comforting pasta dish for dinner. Dried porcini mushrooms, pancetta, ground beef, ground pork, and plenty of herbs make for a deeply flavorful sauce.
Yes, you too can make a steakhouse-quality main at home with this simple but spectacular recipe. Using a cast iron skillet, plenty of salt and pepper, and not flipping the steak in the pan more than once will help it to achieve the perfect crust and juicy interior.
You only need a few basic ingredients to make this extra-special pasta dish—pancetta or bacon, eggs, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and spaghetti. The end result is a silky, savory, and utterly delicious twirl of comfort food.
Roasted Red Potatoes
Here's a simple and delicious side dish for any comfort food recipe. Learn how to cook perfect roasted potatoes with this three-ingredient, 35-minute method.
This easy recipe for fudgy brownies is sure to become your go-to. It's a familiar, but fabulous dessert to end any meal.