Comfort Food Dinner Recipes

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.

Chicken and Dumplings Comfort Food Recipe

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Our Favorite Dinner Comfort Food

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.

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Italian Beef Stew Comfort Food Recipe

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Italian Beef Stew

Bites of meat cook low and slow with hearty vegetables, bubbling away until the flavors meld and the meat gains a buttery texture.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole Comfort Food Recipe

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

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.

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Tuna Noodle Casserole Comfort Food Recipe

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Although the recipe calls for egg noodles, you can use any short pasta to make this retro comfort food dish.

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Shrimp and Okra Gumbo Comfort Food Recipe

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Shrimp and Okra Gumbo

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.

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Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese Comfort Food Recipe

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Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese

Dress up classic macaroni and cheese with applewood-smoked bacon, chicken, and Ranch dressing-inspired seasonings for a delicious twist on this classic dish.

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Italian-Seasoned Roast Chicken Breasts Comfort Food Recipe

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Italian-Seasoned Roast Chicken Breasts

Lean breast meat needs to be shielded as it cooks, so leave the skin on. Serve with steamed spinach and mashed potatoes.

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Pan-Fried Chicken Comfort Food Recipe

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Pan-Fried Chicken

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.

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Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens Comfort Food Recipe

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Beef Pot Roast with Turnip Greens

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.

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Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis Comfort Food Recipe

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Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis

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.

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Beer-Braised Beef with Onion, Carrot, and Turnips Comfort Food Recipe

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Beer-Braised Beef with Onion, Carrot, and Turnips

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.

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Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash Comfort Food Recipe

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Beef Tagine with Butternut Squash

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.

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Green Chile Chili Comfort Food Recipe

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Green Chile Chili

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.

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Eggplant Parmesan Comfort Food Recipe

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Eggplant Parmesan

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.

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Pork Posole Comfort Food Recipe

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Pork Posole

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.

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Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream Comfort Food Recipe

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Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Avocado Cream

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.

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Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli Comfort Food Recipe

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Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli

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.

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Lemon Chicken Piccata Comfort Food Recipe

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Lemon Chicken Piccata

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.

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Pasta Puttanesca Comfort Food Recipe

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Pasta Puttanesca

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.

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Pepperoni Deep-Dish Pizza Comfort Food Recipe

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Pepperoni Deep-Dish Pizza

This Chicago-style classic features pepperoni, America's favorite pizza topping. Quick tip: Refrigerate leftover Basic Pizza Sauce. Serve as a dipping sauce with warm breadsticks for an appetizer.

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Stilton Burgers Comfort Food Recipe

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Stilton Burgers

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.

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Garlicky Leg of Lamb with Yogurt Sauce Recipe

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Garlicky Leg of Lamb with Yogurt Sauce

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.

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Chicken-Matzo Ball Soup Comfort Food Recipe

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Chicken-Matzo Ball Soup

For a shortcut version of this recipe, use store-bought, unsalted chicken stock instead of making your own. (Adapted from a recipe from AndrewZimmern.com.)

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Gnocchi with Browned Butter Comfort Food Recipe

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Gnocchi with Browned Butter

This healthy adaptation of gnocchi is served in a rich browned butter sauce and topped with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and toasted walnuts.

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Dak Bokkeum with Spinach (Korean Stewed Chicken with Spinach) Comfort Food Recipe

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Dak Bokkeum with Spinach (Korean Stewed Chicken with Spinach)

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.

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Lebanese Peppers Comfort Food Recipe

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Lebanese Peppers

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.

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