30+ Comfort Food Recipes (Delicious & Effortless!)

There's nothing like cozy comfort food recipes! They hit the spot whether the temperatures are chilly or your mood just needs a warm and restorative boost. These casseroles, pot pies, skillet suppers, slow cooker meals, meatballs, soups, and more are tasty, easy to make, and YES...positively comforting!

Comfort Food Recipes, four-photo collage with text showing delicious and easy recipes including casseroles, pot pies, skillet suppers, meatballs, soups, and more.


 

As I put together this round-up of comfort food recipes, it occurred to me that different people probably have different definitions of what "comfort food" truly constitutes. So after you peruse this collection, I'd love to hear hear what recipes you'd add!

  1. CHICKEN ENCHILADA CASSEROLE
Chicken Enchilada Casserole in glass baking dish.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
With all-natural ingredients like salsa verde, green chiles, and a creamy homemade sauce, this easy casserole boasts the great flavor of chicken enchiladas without the work of rolling them!
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  1. GROUND BEEF STROGANOFF
Ground Beef Stroganoff over egg noodles on plate.
Amazing Ground Beef Stroganoff
This quick and easy version of the classic is loaded with garlicky mushrooms and finished off with a silky sour cream sauce for a delicious comfort food dinner!
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  1. EASY BAKED TORTELLINI
Beef Tortellini with ground beef and cheese on serving spoon.
Easy Baked Tortellini
This easy comfort food recipe is loaded with cheese tortellini, ground beef, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese for an effortless pasta dinner that the whole family will love!
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  1. CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS
Homemade Chicken & Dumplings in pot
Chicken and Dumplings
This comfort food classic of flavorful broth, tender chicken, sweet carrots, fresh herbs, and fluffy homemade dumplings is THE BEST!
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  1. MINI MEATLOAF MUFFINS
Mini Meatloaf recipe, featuring two meatloaf muffins on a plate.
Mini Meatloaf Muffins
Individual meatloaves with flavorful glaze make an easy, yummy, family-favorite dinner and cook in a fraction of the time as regular meatloaf thanks to muffin pans!
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  1. MEXICAN CORNBREAD CASSEROLE
Mexican Cornbread Casserole on plate with limes.
Mexican Cornbread Casserole
This effortless comfort food recipe features a layer of taco-seasoned ground beef mixed with salsa, black beans, corn, and olives, and topped with green chile cheddar cornbread!
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  1. CHICKEN À LA KING
Chicken ala King over biscuits on plate.
Chicken à la King
This classic dinner recipe of tender chicken breasts, garlicky mushrooms, sweet peas, zesty pimentos, and fresh parsley in a flavorful white wine sauce is served over warm, fluffy biscuits!
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  1. EASY SHEPHERD'S PIE
Aerial view of Easy Shepherd's Pie in skillet.
Easy Shepherd’s Pie
This one-pan dinner of savory ground beef (or lamb) plus colorful veggies is perfect for using up leftover mashed potatoes!
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  1. SLOW COOKER MEATBALL SUBS
Crockpot Meatball Subs on plate.
Slow Cooker Meatball Subs
Flavorful, saucy, cheesy sandwiches effortlessly come together in the crockpot with just a few simple ingredients!
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  1. CHICKEN POT PIE
Chicken Pot Pie on plate.
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
With juicy chicken and tender veggies under a flaky, buttery crust, everyone goes crazy over this delicious comfort food recipe!
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  1. SAUSAGE TORTELLINI SOUP
Sausage Tortellini Soup in white pot with wooden spoon.
Sausage Tortellini Soup
This creamy and flavorful soup is loaded with Italian sausage, artichoke hearts, cheese tortellini, fresh baby spinach, and more for a hearty, comforting recipe that’s easy to make on the stove or in the crock pot!
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  1. HAMBURGER STEAKS WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY
Aerial view of Hamburger Steak with Mushroom Gravy on plate.
Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy
Hamburger Steaks with Mushroom Gravy are classic, comforting, and easy to make, showcasing mini ground beef patties in a rich, savory, gravy loaded with fresh mushrooms!
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  1. TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE
Stovetop Tuna Noodle Casserole From Scratch in white serving bowl.
Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch
This quick and easy comfort food recipe is loaded with tuna, egg noodles, peas, and a creamy, cheesy, homemade white sauce...no canned condensed soup!
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  1. CHEESEBURGER PIE
Aerial view of Cheeseburger Pie without Bisquick.
Cheeseburger Pie without Bisquick
This wholesome, from-scratch twist on the classic recipe layers seasoned ground beef, grated cheddar cheese, and a homemade topping made with whole wheat flour!
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  1. HOMEMADE HAMBURGER HELPER
Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni ~a creamy, flavorful, all-natural, copycat of the Hamburger Helper classic, with an easy, from-scratch cheese sauce that puts it over the top! | FiveHeartHome.com
CHEESEBURGER MACARONI
This creamy, flavorful copycat recipe of Homemade Hamburger Helper is all-natural and made from scratch!
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  1. SWEDISH MEATBALLS
Swedish Meatballs ~ baked in the oven and then simmered in a skillet of creamy homemade gravy, this family-pleasing dinner recipe is both easy and delicious! | FiveHeartHome.com
Swedish Meatballs
Juicy from-scratch meatballs are baked in the oven and then simmered in a skillet of easy homemade gravy for a delicious, family-pleasing dinner!
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  1. FIVE CHEESE ZITI AL FORNO
Five Cheese Ziti al Forno on plate.
Five Cheese Ziti al Forno
This Olive Garden copycat recipe combines mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, fontina, and ricotta with tender pasta, flavorful marinara sauce, and creamy Alfredo sauce for a decadent, delicious comfort food dinner!
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  1. MAC AND CHEESE SOUP
Mac and Cheese Soup.
Mac and Cheese Soup
This creamy, decadent soup topped with crispy bacon is the ultimate cool weather comfort food!
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  1. KING RANCH CHICKEN CASSEROLE
Serving of King Ranch Chicken Casserole on plate with beans.
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
This cozy, authentic, from-scratch comfort food recipe has melty layers of chicken, tortillas, and cheese with a simple homemade sauce and NO canned condensed soups!
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  1. SLOW COOKER BEEF STROGANOFF
Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff in shallow white bowl.
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Tender chunks of beef and hearty mushrooms in an all-natural sour cream sauce yield an easy, comforting, slow cooker dinner made with real ingredients!
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  1. TAMALE PIE
Tamale Pie recipe served on a plate with avocado tomato salad on the side.
Tamale Pie
A zesty, flavorful ground beef filling with a delicious baked topping of masa makes for an easy dinner that tastes amazingly like a beef tamale...and can easily be made gluten-free!
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  1. CHICKEN CORDON BLEU CASSEROLE
Cordon Bleu Casserole on plate with fork.
Cordon Bleu Casserole
Chicken (or leftover turkey) and ham are combined with a creamy, from-scratch Swiss cheese sauce and topped with a layer of toasty bread crumbs!
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  1. CHILI MAC
Chili Mac recipe in skillet topped with melted cheese.
Chili Mac
This quick, EASY, family-friendly dinner recipe features ground beef, beans, pasta, and cheese in a zippy tomato sauce made in just ONE PAN!
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  1. CHEESY CHICKEN SPAGHETTI
Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti on plate with fork.
Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
This comfort food recie is made with tender chunks of chicken, your favorite veggies, and a simple homemade cheese sauce (in lieu of Velveeta and 'Cream of X' soup)!
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  1. SLOW COOKER FRENCH DIP
Dipping a Slow Cooker French Dip sandwich into au jus.
Slow Cooker French Dip
Succulent beef slow cooked in a flavorful broth is served on toasty rolls with melted cheese and extra au jus for dipping!
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  1. SKILLET LASAGNA
Aerial view of Skillet Lasagna in pan with wooden spoon.
30-Minute Skillet Lasagna
This quick, easy, yummy recipe comes is effortlessly made in a skillet with bowtie pasta, ground beef, tomatoes, and three kinds of cheese!
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  1. TACO PASTA SKILLET
Taco Pasta in skillet.
Taco Pasta Skillet
Loaded with ground beef and pasta, flavored with taco seasoning and salsa, and studded with black beans and corn, this cheesy pasta quickly comes together in just one pan!
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  1. CREAMY JALAPEÑO CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Enchiladas on plate.
Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Enchiladas
These cheesy, flavorful enchiladas are smothered in copycat Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Dip for a dinner that’s sure to become a family favorite!
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  1. SLOPPY JOE TATER TOT CASSEROLE
Aerial view of Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole in skillet.
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole
This quick, effortless, family-pleasing weeknight dinner recipe is made in a skillet that goes from stovetop to oven!
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  1. PIZZA PASTA
Spoon scooping Pizza Pasta out of black pot.
Pizza Pasta
This easy, cheesy, comfort food recipe is loaded with flavor from all of your favorite pizza toppings and made in just one pot!
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  1. PORK TENDERLOIN WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY
Aerial View of Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Gravy in a large pot.
Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Gravy
Tender sautéed medallions of pork are smothered in a savory mushroom gravy for a quick, one-pan, stovetop dinner that's loaded with flavor!
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  1. CHICKEN POT PIE CASSEROLE
Chicken Pot Pie Casserole ~ this easy comfort food recipe features a classic filling of tender chicken, potatoes, carrots, and peas in a savory gravy topped with fluffy homemade drop biscuits! | FiveHeartHome.com
Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
A classic filling of tender chicken, potatoes, carrots, and peas in a savory gravy is topped with fluffy homemade drop biscuits for a hearty, delicious meal!
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  1. SLOW COOKER BEEF STROGANOFF SOUP
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup in a bowl.
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup
A classic comfort food recipe gets a crockpot soup makeover in this warm, hearty recipe that's loaded with savory beef, mushrooms, and noodles!
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  1. TACO SHEPHERD'S PIE
Taco Bake in casserole dish and bowls topped with avocado tomato salad.
Taco Bake (Tex-Mex Shepherd's Pie)
This Tex-Mex twist on a comfort food favorite features seasoned ground beef and black beans topped with cheesy green chile mashed potatoes and a refreshing avocado tomato salad!
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  1. BAKED ZITI
Baked Ziti
This easy, from-scratch pasta dish is comforting, filling, and just oozing with cheesy goodness!
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  1. KING RANCH CHICKEN SOUP
King Ranch Chicken Soup ~ a creamy and comforting soup recipe with all the zesty flavor of the classic casserole...and it's easy to make in the slow cooker, in the Instant Pot, or on the stove! | FiveHeartHome.com
King Ranch Chicken Soup
This creamy and comforting soup boasts all the flavor of the classic casserole...and it's easy to make in the slow cooker, Instant Pot, or on the stovetop!
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  1. BEEF POT PIE
Beef Pot Pie with missing scoop.
Beef Pot Pie
This hearty, delicious comfort food recipe features savory ground beef and veggies in a flavorful gravy topped by a flaky, buttery pie crust. Or if you prefer, it's just as easy to make it with tender cubed beef!
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  1. CROCK POT BEEF STEW
Crock Pot Beef Stew in slow cooker with wooden spoon.
Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew
Crock Pot Beef Stew is comforting, delicious, and effortless to make in the slow cooker -- loaded with vegetables, seasoned with herbs, and enhanced with a few special ingredients for deep, savory flavor!
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  1. PORCUPINE MEATBALLS
Porcupine Meatballs spooned onto plate.
Porcupine Meatballs
Porcupine Meatballs are a quick and easy retro classic, with simple ingredients including ground beef and rice in a creamy, from-scratch tomato sauce!
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So what say you? Does this variety of comfort food recipes hit the mark? Or are some obvious inclusions missing?

I'm always open to new recipe development if you have specific requests. 🙂

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is such an awesome list of ideas for winter comfort food. I keep coming back to it while making my weekly meal plans!

  2. 5 stars
    I've tried a few of these recipes so far and they've all been a hit! Nothing better than comfort food when the weather is cold - thanks!