Favorite Comfort Food Recipes

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What kind of food does winter call for? Comfort food! These recipes top my list of meals that are quick, easy, and super duper comforting.

Favorite Comfort Food Recipes | Good Cheap Eats - What kind of meal does a winter call for? Comfort food! These recipes top my list of food that is quick, easy, and super duper comforting.

They say not to eat your feelings. However, I think there’s a time and a place where food should match our feelings. A little extra attention to a meal can help us celebrate, cajole us to action, or bring us comfort. Comfort food is hearty, healing, and helps us get over a slump.

Whether you’re feeling under the weather, missed that big job opportunity, or are nursing a broken heart, comfort food can bring you a glimmer of happiness. It can tantalize the taste buds and show you that yes, indeed, there’s good in the world.

I make no apologies about comfort food. Only that I can’t hand it to you through the screen. You’ll have to make it yourself, but I promise these five comfort food recipes are not only delicious and, of course, comforting, but they’re also easy to make and budget-friendly.

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Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup

Full of vegetables and barley, this Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup is hearty and delicious. Freeze individual portions in freezer-to-microwave containers to pack for lunches, quick snacks, or dinners. It beats the canned version any day.

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Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash

I was never a big fan of zucchini until I started making this hash. Now, I’m a zucchini lover through and through. The sweet potatoes are a perfect contrast to slightly bitter squash. I love the combination in the Zucchini and Sweet Potato Hash for a stick-to-yer-ribs breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Pesto Penne and Cheese

This Pesto Penne and Cheese is one of my favorite recipes from the freezer cookbook. This dish is so packed with flavor, but still holds the comforts of classic mac and cheese. You’ll want to eat the whole pan. Trust me.

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You’ve not had a grilled cheese sandwich until you’ve had a Croque-Monsieur. Its rich decadence makes any lunchtime feel like an event. I still have a hard time believing this is “cafe food” since it’s so darn good. It takes the humble cheese sandwich to a new level.

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Sausage and Potatoes with Sour Cream Sauce

I guess it should come as no surprise that many of my favorite comfort foods are influenced by our time spent in France. We enjoyed this Sausage and Potatoes with Sour Cream Sauce first with my friend Jen in the south of France, but recreated it many times throughout our stay and since we got home. It’s simple but so, so good.

What is YOUR favorite comfort food?

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  1. Stephanie M. says

    All of these look wonderful. I have made your Croque-Monsieur and it is out of this world delicious!!!! I love a good sandwich. Sub sandwiches in particular. They can be hot like a veal parmesan or meatball parmesan or they can be cold like ham, salami, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onions, and oil and vinegar or a roast beef sub or a fried chicken cutlet sub with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Subs are my favorite sandwich and something I would call my favorite comfort food. I love to cozy up on the sofa with hubby and eat a good sub sandwich while we are watching a TV show or movie. They also remind me of days gone by when my mom didn’t feel like cooking and my Dad would bring home subs. Of course we only eat them sparingly once in a while but when the craving comes on, the stomach wants what it wants and nothing else will do.

  2. Jessie says

    I love your recipe for a particular pasta dish with chicken, bacon, roma tomaotes, peas, spaghetti, and a cream sauce with cream and sherry – yum!

  3. pat says

    My favorite comfort food is homemade chicken and noodles served over mashed potatoes–spaghetti and meatballs is a close second and meatloaf with mashed potatoes and corn

    • Sally says

      Are you from Indiana? Chicken (or beef) and noodles over mashed potatoes is common in northern Indiana.

      My favorite comfort food is a toss-up between my mom’s potato soup with butter dumplings and chicken and dumplings (different kinds of dumplings). Meat loaf or pot roast both with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable are right up there, too

    • That all sounds great, though the noodles over potatoes are a new thing for me.

      • pat says

        The chicken and noodles is really just thick chicken noodle soup with lots of veggies and I just use a slotted spoon to not get the liquid part on top of the potatoes. ?
        At my house some people eat it as soup and the rest of us put it on potatoes

  4. Today has been pretty stressful with delays and illness surprises (3 year old grand daughter has spent a lot of time in the bathroom) This list of comfort foods has given me inspiration for nurturing my family and myself at dinner tonight. Thank you!

    • Glad you were inspired. A belated hope that everyone has stayed well these past few months.

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