Grandma's Favorite Comfort Food Recipes

portrait shot fried chicken with gravy and peas
Photo: Allrecipes Magazine

Grandma loves you, it's true. And she's already proud of you, we realize. But why push your luck? Master these classic comfort food recipes, and you're golden in Grandma's eyes...forever! These comfort food ideas include top-rated recipes for pot roast, meatloaf, lasagna, chicken noodle soup, apple pie, and so many other old-school favorites. Each comforting recipe rocks that homemade flavor you love from Grandma's kitchen.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

It's a fact of life. People you love will catch a honkin' cold. Make them this soup, and it's like donning a superhero's cape.

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Beef Pot Roast

Beef Pot Roast

Teresa submitted this comforting classic. "It's best to make it a day ahead," she says. Of course, when something smells this good, 24 hours is an eternity. Reminds me. You know what else Grandma admires? The virtue of patience — and very often the best comfort food rewards it.

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Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy

Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy
Allrecipes Magazine

This is the real deal, arguably the ultimate comfort food. The chicken is seasoned and fried. The gravy is made from the pan drippings. All that down-home goodness is enough to put a tear of joy in Grandma's eye.

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World's Best Lasagna

serving of World's Best Lasagna on a white plate with a fork

This five-star recipe has made the submitter, John, a minor celebrity. "It takes a little work," he says. "But it is worth it." Agreed, say the 8,500 people who've raved in the reviews.

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Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

Grandma Ople's Apple Pie slice on a turquoise plate

You knew apple pie would make the list. This is one of our most beloved recipes and a true g'ma classic.

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Modenese Pork Chops

Modenese Pork Chops

The prep here requires all of 10 minutes. Doing simple things well, though; that's something Grandma can dig.

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Classic Meatloaf

two slices of ketchup-glazed meatloaf on a white plate with mashed potatoes in the background

There are secrets to getting moist, flavorful meatloaf. Chef John, who is not a grandma but still has very real chops, reveals all in this video.

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Grandma's Green Bean Casserole

Grandma's Green Bean Casserole
Allrecipes Magazine

If you make this classic casserole from scratch, you will the holidays every single year — or any Sunday dinner.

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Chicken Pot Pie IX

individual chicken pot pies in ramekins
Allrecipes Magazine

Also from scratch. (Are you sensing a pattern?) This five-star winner has more than 8,000 reviews. So there's help if you need it and Grandma's not available.

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Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes
Allrecipes Magazine

Now that's a fat stack. This recipe features a splash of vinegar. Is that what makes 'em fluffy? I bet Grandma knows. This recipe is a good reminder that the best comfort food ideas aren't limited to dinner time.

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Grandma's Chicken Chardon

Grandma's Chicken Chardon

Here's a more obscure entry among our comfort food ideas. "Since I made this the first time some months, ago it has been our favorite chicken dish. I've served it to guests a number of times," Charanne says. Certainly, Grandma can echo the value of a crowd-pleasing chicken dish.

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Grandma's Macaroni Salad

Grandma's Macaroni Salad

A simple, straight-forward macaroni salad recipe is a key component of your comfort food classics collection, summer edition. "A sweet macaroni salad just like Grandma used to make," recipe creator Hope writes. "Refrigerate for at least four hours for all of the flavors to blend together."

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Round Steak and Gravy

Round Steak and Gravy
Round Steak and Gravy. bd.weld

"The meat is so tender and moist and the gravy is so flavorful," reviewer COOKINGQUEEN75 says. "Instead of baking it in the oven, I use my pressure cooker. This is wonderful with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles."

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Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread

Cornbread on a cooling rack with a cut wedge in the foreground

"If you like the sweeter, more cake-like cornbread served in New England and other areas, you'll adore this recipe," says ASHLEY_S. "Try it for breakfast with butter and maple syrup!"

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Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie

Here's a classic comfort food in the desert category. "This recipe turned out perfectly. Even I was surprised how much I love the taste," says reviewer MZMUFFIN. "The filling was beautifully creamy. Not too sweet, not too tart. I piled the meringue high on a hot filling. Make sure to nudge the meringue all the way to the edge of the crust to seal the filling."

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Home Style Macaroni and Cheese

Home-Style Macaroni and Cheese in a blue bowl

"My very first time making homemade mac and cheese, and everyone just loved it! Very creamy," writes reviewer AlinkaPinka, whose efforts would get two thumbs up from Grandma.

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Beef Stew VI

closeup of a white bowl filled with chunks of beef, pearl onions, carrots, and potatoes garnished with a sprig of rosemary

"The beef was juicy and tender. I have made beef stew for over 15 years, and it has never come out this good for me before," Dawn Raegene Mendenhall Scott says. "A must-try for anyone who likes hearty meals! I will definitely be making this one again."

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies II

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies II

These perfectly chewy Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies are worthy of a place in Grandma's recipe box.

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Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

a red bowl of creamy soup with chunks of potato, garnished with sliced green onions with sliced bread in the background

Enjoying a bowl of this creamy, comforting potato soup is like receiving a hug...from Grandma.

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Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole

plate of chicken and rice casserole
Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole. Melissa Goff

"I grew up on this recipe. My grandmother got it from a lady from church at a potluck a long time ago. She passed it down to my mom, and it's always been a family favorite. Quick and easy for school nights, and the leftovers are just as good! You can use less butter on top, of course. But Momma and Mamaw always put the full stick on top," recipe submitter katiefbenham says.

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