Favorite Comfort Food Recipes

Sometimes we need an extra dose of comfort, so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite comfort food recipes for those days when you’re craving something cozy.

comfort food recipes photo collage.

I’ve rounded up quite a few different recipes for you, so take a browse or jump ahead by clicking the links below!

Main Dishes

First up: a few of my favorite comfort food main dishes! There are some classics here and several classics with a twist. Meatballs, chicken parm, baked sausage and peppers, burgers… these are just a few of my favorite recipes!

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Traditional shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, but this version uses ground beef. It’s classic comfort food and a favorite cold-weather dinner.

photo of sausage and peppers

Baked Sausage and Peppers

This easy one-pan baked sausage with peppers is quick to prep and smells amazing as it simmers in the oven. Use your favorite store-bought marinara sauce to make it really easy. Serve it over rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes.

overhead shot of the chicken parm on plates ready to serve.,

Easy Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is a classic comfort food dinner. Crispy breaded chicken topped with marinara and fresh mozzarella cheese is ready in less than an hour. It starts on the stove and finishes in the oven for a delicious dinner you can serve with pasta, rice, bread, or salad.

a piece of taco pie being lifted from the pan.

Tortilla Taco Pie

This Tortilla Taco Pie recipe is a 30-minute dinner with layers of flour tortillas, taco meat, cheese, and beans. It’s a fun twist on tacos and so easy to make.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll-Ups | girlgonegourmet.com

Chicken Cordon Bleu Roll-Ups

Thin sliced chicken breasts make these chicken cordon bleu roll-ups an easy weeknight dinner. In the time it takes to preheat the oven, you can assemble them with minimal prep. They’re filled with ham and melty gruyere cheese and topped with crispy bread crumbs.

a pan of cheesy potatoes.

Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole

Bacon Potato Casserole is a comforting dish that combines crispy bacon, creamy mashed potatoes, and cheese. It’s like loaded twice-baked potatoes but made easy as a casserole.

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Oven Roasted Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

Juicy pork chops with a tangy mustard sauce that take just 20 minutes start to finish!

the final dish on a platter.

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Baked chili cheese dogs topped with beef chili, a creamy smoked cheddar cheese sauce, and a few choice garnishes are a fun dinner or game day meal.

overhead shot of baked enchiladas in a pan.

Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

Beef and Cheese Enchiladas with a savory ground beef filling rolled up in corn tortillas, topped with enchilada sauce, and finished with a creamy cheddar cheese sauce.

three pork sandwiches with coleslaw.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

These pulled pork sandwiches start with an easy slow cooker pork recipe that you can make ahead. The shredded meat is piled on soft buns, drizzled with BBQ sauce, and topped with slaw for a delicious pork sandwich.

overhead photo of a skillet of french onion chicken meatballs

French Onion Chicken Meatballs

These skillet French onion chicken meatballs are a twist on French onion soup and make for a cozy cold-weather dinner. Caramelized onions are simmered in a rich sauce with chicken meatballs seasoned with herbes de Provence. Serve the meatballs with pasta, rice, or bread on the side, or pile them into rolls for decadent meatballs subs.

frito pie with bowls of toppings surrounding it.

Chili Frito Pies

Chili Frito Pies are a fun and easy dinner! Corn chips topped with chili, shredded cheese, and lots of toppings combine in a seriously good chili dish.

a pan of meatball stroganoff.

Meatball Stroganoff

Meatball stroganoff is an easy twist on the classic comfort food dish. Use frozen meatballs to make it really easy, and serve the savory sauce and meatballs over egg noodles or rice for a hearty dinner.

A forkful of short rib ragu with parmesan mashed potatoes

Short Rib Ragu

This short rib ragu is hearty and comforting. The short ribs are simmered in the oven until they are fall-apart-tender.

slow cooker meatballs in homemade sauce

Slow Cooker Meatballs

These slow cooker meatballs don’t need any pre-cooking – just mix, roll, and drop them in the slow cooker with the sauce. They’re freezer-friendly and great for sub sandwiches or served with pasta.

blue cheese burgers

Blue Cheese Burgers

Easy blue cheese burgers with bacon are a restaurant-inspired burger recipe that’s easy to make at home.

Pasta Recipes

When I’m craving some comfort, pasta is often what I turn to! If you’re like me, you’ll want to grab a few (or all!) of these comforting pasta recipes. They won’t disappoint!

baked ziti

Four Cheese Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti has pockets of melty cheese in every bite! This is a really easy pasta recipe that’s always a hit.

buttered noodles being spooned into a serving bowl.

Buttered Noodles

Buttered Noodles are an easy side recipe ready in about 20 minutes. Egg noodles tossed in butter flavored with garlic, seasonings, herbs, and a little red pepper for heat is a simple comforting side that pairs with so many main dishes.

baked tortellini

One-Pan Baked Tortellini

This baked tortellini makes good use of simple pantry ingredients and is so easy to make! Cheesy pasta with meat sauce will satisfy a comfort food craving.

close-up shot of the dish.

White Mac and Cheese

This White Mac and Cheese will soothe your cheese-lovin’ soul with its rich and creamy cheddar-Fontina cheese sauce, tender pasta, and quick prep time. This is what to make when you’re craving some cheesy pasta comfort.

a pan of stuffed shells.

Easy Stuffed Shells

Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with three different kinds of cheese, baked in marinara sauce, and topped with even more melty mozzarella. It’s a classic comfort food dinner that’s easy to make.

a bowl of creamy mushroom pasta.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

This rich and creamy mushroom pasta takes about 30 minutes to make – it’s easy enough for weeknight dinners but totally “guest-worthy,” too! 

chicken broccoli alfredo.

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

This chicken broccoli Alfredo is a 30-minute dinner that you only need a handful of ingredients to make. Finely chopped broccoli is cooked in the Alfredo sauce so the whole dish is infused with broccoli flavor. It’s a creamy and comforting pasta dinner.

a bowl of spaghetti bolognese.

Slow Cooker Bolognese

This slow cooker bolognese sauce is made with ground beef, pork, crushed tomatoes, and Italian seasonings. It slow cooks in a crockpot for hours until it’s thick and rich. Serve it with pasta for a cozy comfort food dinner.

baked mac and cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Rich and decadent baked macaroni and cheese made with a classic bechamel sauce and two types of cheese. It’s rich, creamy, and a perfect side dish for holiday dinners or any time you’re craving some serious comfort food.

photo of chicken and noodles

Easy Chicken and Noodles

This chicken and noodles recipe is inspired by Amish chicken and noodles but more dressed up and easy to make with rotisserie chicken. Thick egg noodles are coated in a velvety cream sauce and tossed with shredded chicken. It’s a 30-ish minute dinner that will warm you up on a cold night.

close-up photo of a pan of beef penne

30 Minute One Pan Beef Penne

This is a hearty beef and pasta dinner that is ready in about 30 minutes and uses just one pan for easy clean-up!

ground beef stroganoff

Ground Beef Stroganoff

This easy beef stroganoff is a hearty and comforting dinner. The beef is simmered in a savory sauce flavored with mushrooms, mustard, and sour cream and served with egg noodles.

Soup and Chili Recipes

Sometimes a cozy bowl of soup or chili is all you need to take the edge off the day. It’s always good to have some recipes on hand to satisfy that craving, so here are just a few of my most comforting soup recipes for you to try.

chicken noodle soup.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic, and my version is hearty with a deep flavor. Tender chicken, egg noodles, and veggies simmered together – it’s easier to make than you think!

a bowl of stuffed pepper soup with a spoon.

Italian Unstuffed Pepper Soup

This hearty unstuffed soup recipe takes stuffed peppers and turns them into a simmering bowl of goodness. It’s a cozy dinner loaded with fresh bell peppers, Italian sausage, and rice.

a bowl of no bean chili with toppings.

No Bean Chili (Slow Cooker)

This easy no-bean chili recipe cooks in the slow cooker for an easy weeknight dinner. Lean ground beef, peppers, onions, green chile, and chili seasonings simmer for hours – when it’s done, ladle it into bowls with your favorite toppings for a cozy and hearty dinner.

overhead shot of two bowls of soup.

Loaded Potato Soup

Soup meets baked potato in this loaded potato soup! This creamy soup, topped with crispy bacon, shredded cheese, and green onions is a cozy bowl of goodness for a chilly night. If you love baked potatoes or potato skins, you will love this soup recipe.

a bowl of enchilada soup

Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Quick and easy chicken enchilada soup! It takes 30 minutes to make and has the best creamy texture. Serve it with crunchy tortilla chips and cheese on top for an easy weeknight dinner.

a bowl of tomato soup

Easy Tomato Basil Soup

This simple tomato basil soup for one takes just ten minutes to make and has six simple ingredients. It’s a great easy lunch or light dinner.

vegetable beef soup in a pan.

Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable beef soup loaded with tender potatoes, carrots, fresh green beans and chunks of tender sirloin. This hearty beef soup doesn’t need to simmer for hours since it’s made with tender sirloin instead of a tougher cut that needs a longer cook time.

overhead photo of a bowl of minestrone

Winter Minestrone

A warm and cozy winter minestrone soup full of good-for-you veggies and beans. This recipe makes a big batch of soup that freezes well.

I hope you give some of these comfort food recipes a try soon!

Happy cooking,


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Post updated from the archives. First published in October 2017.


  1. Autumn is definitely one of my favorite seasons, something about the chill creeping in and having one bowl comforts under blankets with something on tv really brings on the cozy!

    Thanks for putting together this amazing list, now I will never have a shortage of comfort foods this year. 🙂

  2. This is a nice and timely post because it is SNOWING in Colorado today!! 3 days before Mothers Day!
    Comfort food is always in season! 🙂
    thanks for sharing these.

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