Tote these scrumptious soups, salads, and sandwiches to work, or fix them for a stay-at-home gathering.
From a traditional French onion soup to old-fashioned sloppy joes, these nostalgic eats are real mood lifters.
We'll start our comforting lunch recipes with Lentil-Barley Soup. Delicious and packed with fiber, this soup will warm you up in no time.
View Recipe: Lentil-Barley Soup
You can make this soup the night before to allow time for its flavors to develop; scoop hot servings into a thermos to take
for lunch, or reheat individual portions in the microwave as needed.
View Recipe: Barley and Beef Soup
For perfectly caramelized onions, the key is low and slow cooking. You'll be glad you spent the extra time on this warm and
View Recipe: French Onion Soup
A few special ingredients—like freshly baked ciabatta bread or imported Dijon mustard—make a quick, simple sandwich seem like
a restaurant treat for a midday meal.
View Recipe: Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini
Panini are the Italians' answer to our beloved grilled cheese sandwich. We've adopted the technique and created an authentic
deli-style flavor in a lower-fat package.
View Recipe: Turkey Reuben Panini
Why wait until summer to serve this classic sandwich that hails from the Northeast? The crisp, berry-floral essence of American
rosé wines pairs beautifully with the creamy, lemony lobster filling in these rolls.
View Recipe: Picnic-Perfect Lobster Rolls
A fresh vinaigrette replaces the heavy mayo dressing in traditional tuna salad. You'll love the fresh produce that stars in
this lunchtime makeover.
View Recipe: Tuna and White Bean Salad
Ciabatta's crispy-chewy exterior and dense interior pair perfectly with the hearty filling of this sandwich.
View Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Burgers
To save time, chop off the top of a washed bunch of cilantro rather than picking the individual leaves. The thin stems toward
the top are very tender.
View Recipe: Turkey and Bean Chili
Cannellini beans, native to Tuscany, work beautifully in this rustic soup because they hold their shape after simmering in
the flavorful broth. Serve with a crusty Italian bread, such as ciabatta, and a salad of bitter greens. Balance the rich soup
with a crisp white wine.
View Recipe: Chicken and White Bean Soup
Nothing says comfort more than a bowl of chicken soup. With this superfast recipe, you don't have to wait the hours it takes
to make a homemade chicken stock.
View Recipe: Chicken-Orzo Soup
Complete the menu with crisp breadsticks and a fresh spinach and pear salad dressed with a light vinaigrette. A small amount
of heavy cream stirred in at the end adds the finishing touch.
View Recipe: Quick Shrimp Chowder
With an extensive list of vegetables rounding out the ingredient list and creamy dollops of ricotta sprinkled atop, this pizza
will be irresistible from the first bite.
View Recipe: Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Pizza
This comfort food classic receives a decidedly grown-up makeover with the addition of cremini mushrooms. The morels offer
deeper, richer flavor, but you can also use regular button mushrooms.
View Recipe: Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes
Crushed red pepper is optional in this recipe but, if you can take the heat, it will give the flavors in this pizza a kick.
Heating a cookie sheet in the oven before you put the pizza on it gives you a crisper crust.
View Recipe: White Pizza with Tomato and Basil
Avocado and sausage elevate this basic egg burrito to satisfying lunch fare. Serve with a salad of fresh spinach, sliced red
onion, and cubed cantaloupe.
View Recipe: Sausage and Egg Burrito
A new take on a familiar favorite pairs grilled cheese with a BLT for a luscious veggie-packed sandwich that feels like an
indulgence. Serve with zesty dill pickle spears.
View Recipe: Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Watercress slaw gives the perfect amount of crunch in this roast beef sandwich. A crusty baguette is a must—satisfaction from
the very first bite.
View Recipe: Roast Beef Sandwiches with Watercress Slaw
Don't skip out on the creamy cilantro slaw. It pairs wonderfully with oh-so-savory blackened catfish.
View Recipe: Open-Faced Blackened Catfish Sandwiches
A savory blend of salty and sweet flavors make the perfect pair between two slices of multigrain bread. Toast the bread in
a pinch by arranging it on a baking sheet and broiling for three minutes.
View Recipe: Prosciutto, Pear, and Blue Cheese Sandwiches
Rich dark meat stands up to the robust peanutty sauce. To pack, combine chicken mixture, sprouts, carrot, and cilantro; put
in a sealed container; and stuff into pita just when you're ready to eat. Look for satay sauce and chile paste on the Asian-food
aisle of your super-market.
View Recipe: Peanut-Sauced Chicken Pitas
Grill the steak and toast the baguette over the same flame for a delicious charred effect. This sandwich holds up well, so
you can pack it for lunch, fully assembled.
View Recipe: Steak Baguettes with Pesto Mayo
Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the market, and this Herbed Chicken Salad Sandwich is a snap. That said, if you make the
chicken salad a day or so ahead, the flavors will marry nicely as the filling chills. Try on a wedge of focaccia, and toast
in a grill pan for a chicken salad panini.
View Recipe: Herbed Chicken Salad Sandwiches
It's worth the effort to make your own stock for this supersimple soup, but if you want to save time, you can use store-bought
lower-sodium broth. You'll need to reduce the amount of salt you add to the soup by half.
View Recipe: French Onion Soup