25 Quick and Easy Comfort Food Recipes
Sweater weather? More like sweatpants season. These recipes are for those days when you want a big bowl of comfort without all the effort. And if you're like me, that probably sounds like most days. All of these recipes are ready in under an hour, and require minimal prep work — no extravagant ingredient lists here. Just simple, comfort in a bowl (or on a plate). From steamy soups to hearty casseroles, here are 25 quick and easy comfort food recipes that will hit the spot.
Make restaurant-quality pasta in just 30 minutes. Sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, fresh basil, and fettuccine are tossed in a creamy white sauce. Take it from reviewer naples34102 who says, "This will be added to my list of restaurant quality dishes. The sauce is creamy and velvety delicious and the whole dish makes for a beautiful presentation on the plate."
Six Can Chicken Tortilla Soup
As the name suggests, this simple soup is made with just six canned ingredients. "This recipe is so quick, easy, and cheap...just open the cans and boil. I only spent about $10.00 on ingredients," says reviewer Rolanda.
Shortcut ingredients like refrigerated crescent rolls make this six-ingredient pie quick and easy.
Easy Tuna Casserole
Unstuffed Cabbage Roll
Take the work out of cabbage rolls by serving them "unstuffed." Reviewer memekitty says, "Unstuffed cabbage roll, genius. I tried this recipe, and it essentially mimics any cabbage roll filling."
Simple Hamburger Stroganoff
Skip the expense and preparation of beef tips or steak, and opt for ground beef in your stroganoff next time. This recipe is so creamy, rich, and filling, no one will ever know the difference.
Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole
I don't know about you, but I think broccoli, chicken, and rice casserole should be the first line of defense against the winter blues. It's familiar, filling, and so easy to make.
Suzy's Mashed Red Potatoes
Red potatoes add a whole new level of flavor to mashed potatoes. The best part? No peeling required! The red-potato skins add texture and nutrition to these fluffy potatoes.
Classic Hash Browns
Get classic, diner-style hash browns without ever leaving your home when you follow Chef John's technique. "The timing was perfect. It resulted in crispy outsides and soft tender insides," says reviewer Love2Cook.
Syracuse Salt Potatoes
Not familiar with this regional delicacy? "Salt potatoes are a regional specialty of Syracuse, New York, a.k.a. The Salt City," says Chef John. "Salt potatoes date to the 1800s, invented by local salt mine workers who created a simple and inexpensive lunch by boiling small potatoes in brine."
Hearty Chicken and Rice Soup
Comfort food doesn't have to be unhealthy. This hearty chicken soup is loaded with fresh veggies. "Quick and easy, perfect for when everyone starts getting the colds and the weather starts to turn yucky," says reviewer SusieHomemaker.
Chef John's BLT Pasta
"If you can't decide whether to make a BLT sandwich or a pasta, now you can do both. The combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato has a proven track record of deliciousness," says Chef John.
Mom's Potato Latkes
Potato Crunchy Tenders
Instant mashed potatoes make up the breading for these delicious chicken tenders that are sure to be well received by kids and adults alike. They get high praise from reviewer Paula H who says, "Just tried these for the first time, they are possibly the best chicken tenders I have ever made."
Cherry Tomato Sauce with Penne
Turn cherry tomatoes into a homemade pasta sauce that will dress up any type of pasta. Be sure to freeze the leftovers like reviewer Soups Ahoy who says, "This is an amazing recipe and freezes great!"
Chef John's Corned Beef Hash
Instant Pot Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
This simple soup is full of fall flavor — it includes butternut squash, brown sugar, ginger, and curry powder. "It was a cold afternoon and went well with a bit of bread on the side," says reviewer dbanethacker.
Cheater Baked Ziti
This recipe takes a few shortcuts without sacrificing flavor by using ziti pasta, hot Italian sausage, jarred spaghetti sauce, jarred Alfredo sauce, and shredded Italian cheese. Reviewer novaluno describes it best: "A triumph for lazy people everywhere!"
Memphis BBQ Pork Totchos
Memphis barbeque meets South-of-the-Border flavor in this simple recipe. Layers of tater tots are topped with cheese, pulled pork, onion, jalapeño, barbeque sauce, and broiled. Top it all off with a healthy helping of coleslaw.
Easy Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole
More cheese please! Mac and cheese meets tuna casserole in this bubbly, cheesy dish.
Breakfast for Dinner Casserole
Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella
Recipe creator saretta says, "Known as 'gnocchi alla sorrentina,' this is a classic Italian pasta dish that uses simple ingredients and tastes delicious. Use homemade or store-bought gnocchi."
Divine French Fries
Before you head to the drive-thru to satisfy your fried-food cravings, consider making these homemade, baked fries. They have far fewer calories, and the truffle oil takes them to the next level.
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
This list wouldn't be complete without homemade, baked macaroni and cheese. Reviewer MommaBean3 says, "This is definitely a crowd pleaser at my house! Thank you for an easy yummy recipe!"