15 Classic Comfort Foods

Cozy, comforting recipes that will make you feel better instantaneously

15 Classic Comfort Foods
Steve Legato

Melted, gooey cheese atop tender noodles or hot chili filled with creamy beans — ah, the joys of comfort food. Whether they’re used to mend an aching heart or a tired body, comfort foods relieve the pressures of the outside world, even if just momentarily, offering a respite from the fast-paced lives that we lead.

Savoring the warmth and heartiness of many classic, comforting dishes like mac and cheese or hot apple pie can also serve as a trip down memory lane. Memories of the pie your grandmother made or your uncle’s meatball special come floating back as the aromas waft your way.

Whether the recipes we’ve collected here accurately represent your favorite version of the dish or not is not important — we just hope to inspire you to get in the kitchen and start cooking up a storm. Experiment with these new variations on lasagna, pie, and chowder or let them motivate you to make your version at home.

Feel free to share your favorite comfort foods with us or upload a photo of how these dishes turned out!

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thequeenbee's picture

The irony of the "comfort foods" is that with the exception of the spare ribs--ALL are loaded with high glycemic carbs--which means high in weight gain if not from the carbs (which also cause the liver to store cholesterol via Insulin response) then fat due to the load of FAT in these dishes. By and large (pun intended) any obese person or type II diabetics will tell you they eat/ate a lot of foods like this to be right where they are--dying of obesity or it's relatives OR from type II diabetes. Pasta, flour, potatoes, cheese, cream, butter, breads...the irony is the very idea of such stuff comforting us is scary--because just like illicit drugs, after the carb party--there is crash and burn and the aftermath and the aftermath of these kinds of meals ain't pretty.
sorry--I'm health conscious today so comfort food? It would be nice to find some that would not result in fat, diabetes, heart disease, hbp , gall bladder disease, gout and other horrible afflictions. Try for "comfort food that is actually good for us--because most of this stuff is NOT good for anyone.

thequeenbee's picture

The irony of the "comfort foods" is that with the exception of the spare ribs--ALL are loaded with high glycemic carbs--which means high in weight gain if not from the carbs (which also cause the liver to store cholesterol via Insulin response) then fat due to the load of FAT in these dishes. By and large (pun intended) any obese person or type II diabetics will tell you they eat/ate a lot of foods like this to be right where they are--dying of obesity or it's relatives OR from type II diabetes. Pasta, flour, potatoes, cheese, cream, butter, breads...the irony is the very idea of such stuff comforting us is scary--because just like illicit drugs, after the carb party--there is crash and burn and the aftermath and the aftermath of these kinds of meals ain't pretty.
sorry--I'm health conscious today so comfort food? It would be nice to find some that would not result in fat, diabetes, heart disease, hbp , gall bladder disease, gout and other horrible afflictions. Try for "comfort food that is actually good for us--because most of this stuff is NOT good for anyone.

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