30 Old-Fashioned Recipes Just Like Grandma Used to Make
From classic meatloaf and tuna noodle casserole to vegetable sides and extra-special desserts, these recipes will remind you of home.
There's nothing like the taste of Grandma's home cooking, and these 30 recipes take a fabulous page out of every matriarch's cookbook. She's the master of classic comfort food such as green bean casserole and pork chops, as well as something sweet like Butterscotch Pudding and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. We have timeless recipes for Grandma's staple dishes, as well as modern iterations, such as the Turkey-Mushroom Bolognese, pictured here.
Of course, one of the things that Grandma is best at is dessert. Try our recipe for the old-fashioned favorite that is rice pudding, which is made with rice, a combination of whole milk and heavy cream, and pure vanilla extract. In addition to its comforting, homey texture and sweet flavor, the other thing that we love about this recipe is that it can be made ahead. Another recipe that Grandma totally perfected is Banana Cream Pie. There are three components to this fabulous dessert: It starts with a graham cracker crust, which is followed by a rich custard and sliced bananas layered on top of each other. After the pie has fully set, it is topped with voluminous swirls of homemade whipped cream.
Comfort food is another area where Grandma's skills likely shine—think classics like Tuna Casserole or Chicken Tetrazzini. Both are creamy, hearty, and family-friendly. In essence, they make us feel the way that a warm hug from Grandma does and we will never get tired of cooking or eating them.
Next time you want to get back to basics, consider one of these old-fashioned recipes that will take you back to your childhood.
Green Bean Casserole
Grandma made this genius upgrade on green bean casserole by skipping the canned soup mix and making a creamy mushroom sauce with fresh button mushrooms, chicken broth, and whole milk instead. A sprinkle of crispy fried shallots on top takes this dish to the next level.
Buttery panko breadcrumbs bring crunch to this classic comfort food. Grandma says you should use elbow macaroni because it holds the sauce so well; good-quality canned tuna packed in oil is another must-have ingredient, and that's simply because it tastes better than other alternatives.
A twist on the aforementioned tuna noodle casserole, this cozy recipe calls for shredded rotisserie chicken and linguine. The result is an easy, family-friendly dinner that will remind you of Grandma.
Martha's Banana Cream Pie
As soon as Grandma put this old-fashioned pie on the table, everyone smiled. Learn how to make it just like she did using this classic recipe that has a graham cracker crust, sweet custard, and homemade whipped cream.
Chuck roast braises until it's rich, tender, and succulent along with turnips, new potatoes, and carrots for the ultimate Sunday dinner, inspired by Grandma's favorite.
Lasagna with Meat Sauce
Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken Noodle Soup
A traditional take on this favorite soup and one that Grandma would approve of, this recipe starts with a whole chicken, which gives you a mix of light and dark meat, and is cheaper than buying pre-cut chicken pieces.
Just like Nonna made! This classic chicken recipe is defined by its signature sauce made from cremini mushrooms, Marsala wine, garlic, and lemon juice.
Cheddar-Topped Shepherd's Pie
Don't tell her we added cheddar to the recipe! A touch of cheese in the mashed potatoes makes for a most irresistible topping.
Easy Creamed Spinach
A combination of milk and cream cheese make this simple vegetable side dish super indulgent.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
One of her most beloved recipes, this version of Monkey Bread uses a classic yeast dough and a combination of melted butter, light brown sugar, and cinnamon to create the beloved sticky sweet and subtly spiced flavor that makes this coffee-time treat so irresistible.
Honey Glazed Ham
Seared Lamb Loin Chops
This lean cut of lamb is just as spectacular on a holiday as it is for a weeknight dinner. Grandma served it both ways and we will, too.
Cream of Broccoli
We're sure this recipe would be Grandma approved. It only calls for six ingredients: unsalted butter, yellow onion, all-purpose flour, chicken broth, broccoli florets, and heavy cream. The end result is a smooth, delicious, and totally classic soup.
With its crispy-crunchy top and cheesy sauce, this potato side dish is what dreams are made of and is sure to remind you of Grandma's very best cooking.
Stuffed Cabbage with Beef and Rice
Using a whole chicken is a time-honored, economical, and efficient way to get both light and dark meat for this Italian-inspired recipe that also calls for cremini mushrooms, onion, bell peppers and plenty of garlic and crushed tomatoes.
Chicken sausage, diced tomatoes, and couscous might not be how Grandma made them but we think she'd approve of this filling that's light, nutritious, and plenty flavorful. It's stuffed into hollowed red bell peppers and topped with shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
A combination of ground beef and ground pork create flavorful meatballs, but the real star of the show is the cream sauce that the meatballs are served in. Don't skip the fruit jelly on the side.
Quick Collard Greens
If you grew up eating Grandma's southern cooking, then this recipe for classic collard greens will bring you back to simpler times.
Combining cornmeal and frozen corn kernels makes this cornbread extra homely. It's baked in an ovenproof skillet for an easy, family-friendly dish that will remind you of Grandma's favorite quick bread.