Meant for cozy suppers on any day of the week, these crowd-pleasing entrées are likely to bring back delicious memories. Indulge in a gooey deep-dish pizza, or gather the family for a homey meat loaf meal.
Nothing quite compares to the comforting abilities of a piping hot dinner pulled from the oven after a long day or the soothing
effects of a steaming bowl of soup to warm you from the inside out. We've gathered a few of our favorite comfort food dinner
recipes that we are sure will become comfort classics in your home too—if they're not already!
This generous serving of soup is chock-full of vegetables and is hearty enough to be a complete meal.
View Recipe: Chicken and Dumplings
Bites of meat cook low and slow with hearty vegetables, bubbling away until the flavors meld and the meat gains a buttery
View Recipe: Italian Beef Stew
A bubbling hot casserole is the quintessential comfort food. They are welcome at just about every occasion. And talk about
convenient: Most of the prep can be done in advance. This Chicken Enchilada Casserole is no exception. Prep ahead and bake
when you're ready to eat.
View Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Although the recipe calls for egg noodles, you can use any short pasta to make this retro comfort food dish.
View Recipe: Tuna Noodle Casserole
A low-country classic comfort food is now a beloved meal all over the country, regardless of geographic location. This meal
comes together in 30 minutes.
View Recipe: Shrimp and Okra Gumbo
Dress up classic macaroni and cheese with applewood-smoked bacon, chicken, and Ranch dressing-inspired seasonings for a delicious
twist on this classic dish.
View Recipe: Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese
Lean breast meat needs to be shielded as it cooks, so leave the skin on. Serve with steamed spinach and mashed potatoes.
View Recipe: Italian-Seasoned Roast Chicken Breasts
Pan-fried chicken is a healthy alternative to traditional fried chicken. Replacing some of the salt with spices like ginger,
paprika, cinnamon, and nutmeg reduces the amount of sodium and pumps up the flavor.
View Recipe: Pan-Fried Chicken
Cipollini onions are small, flat Italian onions. If you can't find them, substitute pearl onions. Other large full-flavored
greens like mustard greens or kale will work, as well. Slow cookers promise easy prep, but achieving delicious, picture-perfect
comfort food results relies on heeding three principles: Don't skip the browning step; use a cautious hand with added liquid;
and, finally, let the slow cooker do its work slowly.
View Recipe: Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens
Substitute mozzarella or provolone for white cheddar, if you prefer. Serve with steamed fresh broccoli spears and mashed potatoes.
Make sandwiches with leftover meat loaf; serve on an onion roll.
View Recipe: Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis
Ask your butcher to cut a 1-pound roast for you, or buy a larger one (especially if it's on sale) and freeze the rest for
later. Use a dark beef that's not too strong and it will balance the sweet root vegetables.
View Recipe: Beer-Braised Beef with Onion, Carrot, and Turnips
Looking for a satisfying dinner that will leave you feeling warmed from the inside out? Look no further. For a pop of freshness,
sprinkle with cilantro before serving.
View Recipe: Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash
This hearty meal is also easy on your budget. You can make it for less than $10. Serve with warm corn bread or muffins. Leftovers
are also good reheated the next day.
View Recipe: Green Chile Chili
Traditional eggplant Parmesan packs the calories. We remade the recipe using whole-wheat panko; the regular type became soggy
in a test. It barely browns but creates a perfectly crisp coating.
View Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan
Fragrant spices infuse this stew with extra warmth. Originating in Mexico's Pacific Coast region, this soup is a Christmas
tradition, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying a bowlful year round.
View Recipe: Pork Posole
Avocado cream provides a cooling counterpoint to the spicy ancho chicken in this recipe. We love what the cilantro slaw does
to the texture of the dish.
View Recipe: Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream
Our recipe has a fraction of the sodium and fat found in the typical takeout version. We guarantee, this healthier version
is just as crave-worthy.
View Recipe: Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli
Briny capers and bright lemon really make this bird sing. Serve this tangy chicken with mashed potatoes or roasted seasonal
root vegetables to make an even more comforting plate.
View Recipe: Lemon Chicken Piccata
Anchovy paste in a tube is convenient if you don't have fillets. Try 2 teaspoons in place of fillets in this dish. Serve with
a salad of green leaf lettuce, red onion, and fresh parsley, dressed with 1 tablespoon olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
View Recipe: Pasta Puttanesca
Golden, sweet sautéed onions and pungent crumbled Stilton cheese top lean sirloin burgers on toasted French rolls for a simple,
easy-to-make burger with big flavor.
View Recipe: Stilton Burgers
Place the leg of lamb on a rack in a heavy roasting pan so air circulates and it browns and cooks evenly. The tangy yogurt
sauce is the perfect finishing touch to the delicious lamb.
View Recipe: Garlicky Leg of Lamb with Yogurt Sauce
This healthy adaptation of gnocchi is served in a rich browned butter sauce and topped with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and
View Recipe: Gnocchi with Browned Butter
Gochujang is an indispensable Korean sauce based on fermented soybeans and chiles. You'll find it in Asian markets, or seek
out Annie Chun's brand, which is more widely available.
View Recipe: Dak Bokkeum with Spinach (Korean Stewed Chicken with Spinach)
The Lebanese often use ground lamb, but our version calls for ground beef, and the grains are precooked to ensure there are
no crunchy bits in the flavorful meat mixture.
View Recipe: Lebanese Peppers