These comfort food recipes are warm, delicious, and satisfying, so they always hit the spot when you're craving a home-cooked meal! Many of these classic recipes will be familiar to you, and the nostalgia makes them even more enjoyable! I guarantee you'll savor every bite!
Best Comfort Food Recipes
Comfort food recipes are warm and welcoming, with a satisfying flavor that keeps you coming back for more. Whether it's a bowl of rich macaroni and cheese, a hearty pot of chicken soup, or a batch of crispy fried chicken, these are the meals you'll look forward to making again and again!
- Best Comfort Food Recipes
- 1. Funeral Potatoes
- 2. Fried Chicken
- 3. Ground Beef Stroganoff
- 4. Spaghetti Bolognese
- 5. Lasagna
- 6. Yankee Pot Roast
- 7. Chicken Pot Pies
- 8. Million Dollar Chicken Casserole
- 9. Chicken and Dumplings
- 10. Swedish Meatballs
- 11. Crockpot Salisbury Steak
- 12. Sweet and Sour Chicken
- 13. Chicken Parmesan
- 14. Grits
- 15. Oatmeal Meatloaf
- 16. Sloppy Joe
- 17. Beef Stew
- 18. Chicken Noodle Soup
- 19. Chicken Tater Tot Casserole
- 20. Bacon Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper
- 21. Pan Seared Ribeye
- 22. Homemade Chili
- 23. Velveeta Mac & Cheese
- 24. Fish & Chips
- 25. Shepherds Pie
- 26. Cowboy Casserole
- 27. Guinness Lamb Stew
- 💭 Tips For Making The Best Comfort Food
- 📋 Recipe
- Best Comfort Food Recipes: Guinness Lamb Stew (+More Tasty Comfort Foods!)
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- Equipment You May Need
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1. Funeral Potatoes
Funeral potatoes got their name because they were a warm and comforting side dish that could serve a crowd at after-funeral gatherings. However, this cheesy hashbrown casserole isn't just for somber occasions.
It's perfect for family dinners, celebrations, and more!
2. Fried Chicken
Fried chicken is the epitome of comfort food! It's juicy and flavorful with a crispy golden breading that makes it perfect for dunking in country gravy, honey mustard sauce, or your favorite condiments.
3. Ground Beef Stroganoff
Beef stroganoff is super rich and creamy yet hearty and satisfying. This easy version using ground beef is perfect for family dinners because it's ready in just 20 minutes.
4. Spaghetti Bolognese
Who can resist a big bowl of spaghetti with meat sauce? Add some crispy baked garlic bread and an extra sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese, and you have pure Italian comfort food.
Lasagna is as classic a comfort food as they come, and it's safe to say that most people have early memories of enjoying homemade lasagna for dinner. It also freezes wonderfully, so you can make it in advance and have a ready-to-bake dinner prepared for when you're short on time.
6. Yankee Pot Roast
The combination of red wine and beef broth simmers into a richly flavorful gravy that is only made better by the fall-apart-tender beef. There's also a variety of perfectly cooked root vegetables that make this a delicious one-pot dinner.
7. Chicken Pot Pies
Made-from-scratch chicken pot pies will have your family scrambling to the dinner table! The golden, flaky pie crust, tender chicken and vegetables, and rich chicken gravy are perfectly combined flavors and textures.
If you're looking for something to serve with your pot pies, you can find all the best chicken pot pie side dishes here!
8. Million Dollar Chicken Casserole
The name says it all; this rich and cheesy chicken casserole tastes like a million bucks! That's not even the best part, and it is topped with buttery Ritz crackers that give it a perfect crunch!
9. Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and dumplings is a family favorite recipe that is perfect for any time but especially comforting when you're feeling under the weather. The rich broth, tender dumplings, and juicy chicken will make you feel better quickly!
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10. Swedish Meatballs
Discover all the tasty things you can serve with Swedish meatballs right here!
11. Crockpot Salisbury Steak
You know anything cooked low and slow in the crockpot will be tender, flavorful (and, more than likely, super easy to make). These juicy Salisbury steaks are cooked perfectly in a rich brown gravy with tender mushrooms, all while you go about your day!
12. Sweet and Sour Chicken
If Chinese takeout recipes are your idea of comfort food, you're probably aware of how addictive a big bowl of sweet and sour chicken can be. The crispy wok-fried chicken is coated in a sticky, sweet and sour sauce that is absolutely delicious with a side of Jasmine rice or fried rice.
13. Chicken Parmesan
A crispy fried chicken cutlet with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella chees on a warm bed of al dente spaghetti? Sign me up! Chicken Parmesan pizza or a chicken Parmesan sandwich also classifies as comfort food, if you ask me!
Grits are so versatile you can eat them at breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, and there are many ways to season or flavor them. You can make them rich, buttery, sweet, or savory (think shrimp and grits)!
15. Oatmeal Meatloaf
I have tried my fair share of meatloaf recipes, and this old-fashioned oatmeal meatloaf is a favorite that I keep returning to. The ease of the recipe, the perfect texture, and the classic ketchup glaze are everything you love and expect with a classic meatloaf.
16. Sloppy Joe
If you remember the cans of Sloppy Joes for dinner and weren't a fan, you have to give it another try when it's homemade. Serve this hearty meal between hamburger buns (or, better yet, pretzel buns) for an easy lunch or dinner!
I dedicated an entire page to what to serve with Sloppy Joes because they are frequently on my weekday dinner rotation!
17. Beef Stew
When the weather is cold and I'm craving comfort food, beef stew is the first dish that comes to mind. The perfectly seasoned broth, chunks of tender beef stew meat, and veggies make it an excellent fall soup.
18. Chicken Noodle Soup
A bowl of chicken noodle soup has long been considered 'soul food' because it's so comforting and satisfying! This is a classic recipe made with egg noodles (not the thin spaghetti noodles you find in canned soup).
19. Chicken Tater Tot Casserole
There was definitely a period of time when my family was obsessed with this chicken tater tot casserole. They loved the rich and creamy sauce, crispy tater tot topping, and tender chicken and veggies, while I loved how easy it is to make!
20. Bacon Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper
This homemade copycat of Hamburger Helper is lightyears better than anything you'll get from a box. It's rich and cheesy with chunks of bacon, perfectly seasoned ground beef, and tender macaroni noodles!
21. Pan Seared Ribeye
For steak lovers, the ultimate comfort food is often a perfectly cooked steak dinner. Follow my guide on the levels of beef doneness and this super simple recipe for pan-seared ribeye steaks, and you'll be cooking steaks like a pro.
For the best side dish suggestions, check out what to serve with ribeye steak!
22. Homemade Chili
With melted cheddar cheese, some crispy crackers, and a dollop of sour cream, I am a happy camper with a big bowl of chili! This is my go-to recipe for chili when I make it, and the leftovers are perfect for chili dogs or chili dog casserole the next night.
23. Velveeta Mac & Cheese
For many, myself included, I know that a big pot of Velveeta mac and cheese is reminiscent of childhood (fun fact: it was invented in 1919)! Velveeta melts quickly and beautifully, making for a cheesy, ultra-rich mac & cheese that never disappoints.
24. Fish & Chips
Living on the West Coast, fish & chips were a must for every local restaurant and pub. There's something so satisfying about dunking crispy golden fried fish in tartar sauce (and the French fries taste good in tartar, too)!
You can look at my post on what to serve with fish and chips for even more ways to elevate your meal!
25. Shepherds Pie
Shepherds pie is a comfort food that is enjoyed all over the world! What's not to love about rich gravy, tender vegetables, and flavorful lamb meat baked under a fluffy mashed potato topping?
Technically, a shepherd's pie is made with lamb meat, but you can still whip up a perfectly tasty and comforting cottage pie with ground beef!
26. Cowboy Casserole
Tater tots are comfort food on their own, so turn them into a cheesy ground beef casserole, and you know you're in for something delicious! Best of all, you can assemble and bake it, then freeze it for later for an easy meal any day of the week.
27. Guinness Lamb Stew
This Guinness lamb stew features buttery, rich lamb meat and a deeply flavorful broth made with stout beer for even more depth of flavor. I like to pair it with some homemade Irish soda bread or rustic bread to soak up every last drop!
💭 Tips For Making The Best Comfort Food
Making the best comfort food involves combining flavors, textures, and cooking techniques. Here are some tips to help you create the most delicious comfort food:
- Use familiar ingredients: Nostalgia is a huge comfort food element for many people. Ingredients or recipes you fondly remember will taste more comforting and delicious than most!
- Balance flavors: Comfort food typically leans towards rich and savory flavors. Balance these with other tastes like sweet, salty, and umami. You can learn more about balancing flavors here.
- Familiarize yourself with basic cooking techniques: Many comfort food recipes rely on classic cooking methods like braising, roasting, frying, or simmering. These techniques will help you achieve your dishes' best textures and flavors.
- Aim for a balanced texture: Texture is crucial in comfort food. Consider the contrast between the crispy fried chicken's exterior and the tender, juicy meat inside. Recipes with complementary textures are always more satisfying.
- Share: Comfort food is meant to be enjoyed with family and friends! Sharing the meal with loved ones is how you make new nostalgic recipes!
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Best Comfort Food Recipes: Guinness Lamb Stew (+More Tasty Comfort Foods!)
- 2 strips bacon (optional, thick-cut bacon, chopped)
- 2 lb lamb shoulder (well-trimmed and cut into 1½-inch pieces)
- 1 teaspoon each, salt & pepper (to taste)
- 3 tablespoon bacon grease (or extra virgin olive oil if omitting the bacon)
- 1 large yellow onion (diced)
- 3 large carrots (cut into 1-inch chunks on a diagonal)
- 2 stalks celery (chopped)
- 1 ½ tablespoon garlic (minced)
- 3 tablespoon tomato paste
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 11.2 oz Guinness
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoon sugar
Sear Bacon & Lamb Stew Meat
- Add the chopped 2 strips bacon to a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook until nicely crisped. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.2 strips bacon
- Pat 2 lb lamb shoulder dry with paper towels, and season it to taste with 1 teaspoon each, salt & pepper.2 lb lamb shoulder, 1 teaspoon each, salt & pepper
- Sear the lamb meat in the remaining 3 tablespoon bacon grease, working in batches (I did 3 separate batches). Use tongs to turn the pieces of lamb meat until a brown crust has developed on all sides (about 5-8 minutes per batch). After each batch, transfer the browned lamb meat to a bowl and set aside.3 tablespoon bacon grease
Add Veggies & Broth
- Add 1 large yellow onion, 3 large carrots, and 2 stalks celery to the pot and saute until tender (about 5 minutes). Use your wooden spoon or spatula to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pot as the vegetables cook.1 large yellow onion, 3 large carrots, 2 stalks celery
- Stir in 1 ½ tablespoon garlic and let cook for 30 seconds before mixing in 3 tablespoon tomato paste. Let cook for 1-2 minutes longer.1 ½ tablespoon garlic, 3 tablespoon tomato paste
- Add the bacon, lamb meat, and any juices that have accumulated back into the pot. Sprinkle ¼ cup all-purpose flour over the meat and stir until dissolved.¼ cup all-purpose flour
- Pour in 11.2 oz Guinness (1 bottle) and 3 cups beef broth. Add the 1 bay leaf, 1 sprig fresh rosemary, 4 sprigs fresh thyme, and 2 teaspoon sugar, and stir to combine.11.2 oz Guinness, 3 cups beef broth, 1 bay leaf, 1 sprig fresh rosemary, 4 sprigs fresh thyme, 2 teaspoon sugar
Simmer Until Tender
- Bring the stew to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Let simmer for 1 hour.
- Remove the bay leaf as well as the sprigs of thyme and rosemary. Taste-test your stew and adjust the seasonings as needed. Turn off the heat and serve right away over mashed potatoes or colcannon.
Equipment You May Need
- You will have to work in batches when searing the pieces of lamb meat in order to get an even crust on all sides. Try not to overcrowd the pot for the best results.
- If you aren't using bacon, simply leave it out and sear the lamb meat in olive oil. I recommend using about 1 tablespoon of oil for each batch of lamb meat.
- If your stew is too thick, you can add small amounts of water or broth to thin it out to your desired consistency.
- If you are using a Dutch oven and prefer to finish your stew in the oven, you can. Bring the broth to a simmer, then cover the pot and transfer to a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven. Braise undisturbed for 2 hours.
- To store: Let the stew cool off, then transfer it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.
- To freeze: Put your leftover stew into a freezer-safe airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag with some excess space to allow for expansion. Freeze for up to 4 months and transfer to the fridge to thaw overnight before reheating.
- To reheat: Gently reheat your stew on the stovetop over medium heat until warmed through. It may thicken after being frozen or refrigerated, so add a splash of broth or water as needed.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!