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Comfort Food Recipes

There is something about winter, more than any other season, that evokes memories of and cravings for our favorite comfort food. Many of those recipes transport us back to our childhood. Others just make us feel warm and cozy inside. I look forward to the opportunity to make my old standbys, or have fun and try new ones. The problem is that, the older I get, the more foods I find 'comforting'. I suppose that is because eating is my favorite activity. For that matter, I find cooking comforting. However, there are certain foods that I crave on occasion that make me feel like everything is right with the world. What that food is depends on the time of year and the mood I am in at the moment. It might be as simple as a handful of roasted nuts, as light and nutritious as a bowl of chicken noodle soup, as time-consuming as a pot roast, or as decadent as a piece of chocolate cake with a thick layer of creamy chocolate frosting. That being said, I have attempted to compile a collection of my favorite comfort food recipes, many of which are quick and easy, others a bit more labor intensive, some that are healthy and light, and those that are delightfully indulgent. I hope some will become your favorites. If you don't find what you are craving, use the search box above or browse through the Recipe Files for many more options.



Poultry and Seafood


Vegetables and Beans (Main Dish)

Sandwiches, Wraps and Pizza

Side Dishes

Beef Pot Roast Recipe Photo
Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast


Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew

Oven-Braised Beef Stew

Beef Tenderloin Stew


Beef Brisket Braised with Root Vegetables

Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast

Oven-Braised Beef Roast and Vegetables

Italian-Style Meatloaf

Swiss Steak Braised in Foil
Mom's Swiss Steak

Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

Hamburger Steak with Swiss Cheese, Onions and Mushrooms

Mushroom-Stuffed Rolled Flank Steak Braised in Tomato Sauce

Beef and Noodle Casserole

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Beef Pie

Mom's Chili with Meat and Beans

Lamb Stew
Lamb Shanks with White Beans

Lamb Shanks with Vegetables and Orzo

Braised Lamb with Peppers and Onions

Veal Parmesan

Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlets)

Osso Buco (Italian Braised Veal Shanks)

Pork Pot Roast

Boneless Pork Loin Roasted with Apples and Sweet Potatoes
Italian-Style Pork Roasted in Milk

Spicy Pork and Vegetable Stew

Baked Stuffed Pork chops

Oven-Fried Pork Chops

Pork Spareribs With Apples and Squash


Stewed Sauerkraut with Pork and Sweet Potatoes

Fried Sausage with Milk Gravy

Schnitz und Knepp (Ham, Apples and Dumplings)

Poultry and Seafood

Roast Chicken and Vegetables with Gravy

Braised Chicken Thighs with White Wine and Vegetables

Braised Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes

Braised Chicken and Sausage with Peppers and Mushrooms

Chicken Cacciatore (Italian Hunter's Chicken)

Mammy's Fried Chicken

Chicken and Waffles

Chicken Potpie

Chicken Parmesan
Stewed Chicken with Tomatoes and Orzo

Stewed Chicken and Vegetables with Gravy

Stewed Chicken with Noodles

Turkey Legs Braised in Tomatoes

Turkey Loaf

Turkey Stroganoff

Turkey-Barley Casserole

Turkey-Vegetable Pie

Mom's Salmon Patties

Cornmeal-Crusted Fried Catfish
Poached Cod with Browned Butter

Baked Fish Fillets with Mustard-Butter and Crumb Topping

Fish and Potato Casserole

Fish Fillets with Marinara Sauce

Crispy Fried Shrimp

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Rice Carolina-Style

Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

Crispy Fried Oysters


Mom's Best Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

Pierogie Casserole

Pasta with Italian Meat Sauce

Penne with Bolognese Meat Sauce

Pasta with Pork and Tomato Ragu
Spaghetti and Meatballs

Easy Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

Fettuccine with Caramelized Onions and Egg Sauce

Nana's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)
Pasta with Pancetta, Sausage and Two Cheeses

Pasta Spirals with Turkey and Mushroom Ragu

Orecchiette with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Three Cheese Manicotti with Tomato Sauce


Lentil Soup with Pasta and Pancetta

Sausage and Lentil Soup

Mom's Best Bean Soup

Chili Soup

Italian Pasta and Bean Soup (Pasta e Fagioli)

Pappy's Potato Soup
Split Pea Soup

Broccoli-Cheese Soup with Homemade Croutons

German Cabbage and Rice Soup

Turkey Vegetable Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup
Mushroom-Barley Soup with Lentils and Greens

Beef-Vegetable Soup

Southwestern Bean and Rice Soup

Bean and Kale Soup

Creamy Seafood Chowder

Vegetables and Beans (Main Dish)

Green Beans and Ham

Stewed Cabbage with Sweet Potatoes, Apples and Cider Vinegar (Mock Sauerkraut)

Cabbage with Sausage and Potatoes (Jager Kohl)

Fried Cabbage and Noodles
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Cooked Turnips with Pork or Beef

Corn Pie

Traditional Eggplant Parmesan

Three-Cheese Eggplant Rollatini
Baked Zucchini with Turkey Stuffing and Tomato Sauce

Summer Vegetable Medley (Giambotta)

Pinto Beans and Rice

Vegetarian Three Bean Chili

Sandwiches, Wraps and Pizza

Hamburger Barbecues (Sloppy Joes)

Classic Reuben Sandwiches

Brat and Sauerkraut Sandwiches

Hotdogs with Chili Sauce (Chili Dogs)

Meatball Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Vinegar-Based Barbecue Sauce and Coleslaw
Chicken Breast Sandwiches with Sautéed Peppers, Onions and Provolone Cheese

Turkey Barbecue Sandwiches

Light and Easy Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Peppers and Onions

Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Fried Fish Fillet Sandwiches
Tuna Melts

Tomato Sandwiches with Bacon, Cucumbers and Cheese

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

Fried Egg Sandwiches with Tomatoes, Bacon and Cheese

Italian Omelet (Frittata) Sandwiches

Grilled or Toasted Cheese Sandwiches
Turkey Tacos

Shredded Beef Burritos

Pork Burritos

Tomato and Cheese Pizza with Optional Toppings

Personal Pita Pizzas with Fresh Sliced Tomatoes, Basil and Four Cheeses

Three-Cheese Spinach Calzone with Prosciutto and Roasted Red Peppers

Side Dishes

Risotto Milanese-Style

Polenta with Garlic and Parmesan

Grits with Caramelized Onions and Cheese

Spaetzle with Browned Butter

Buttered Noodles

Scalloped Potatoes
Potato, Onion and Cheese Gratin

Raw-Fried Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Roasted Winter Root Vegetables

Cauliflower Gratin

Baked Winter Squash

Baked Dried Corn Casserole

Buttered Lima Beans and Corn

Spinach Salad with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese Dressing

Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing


Apple Cobbler

Easy Fruit or Berry Cobbler

Chocolate Mousse

Lemon Sponge Pudding

Molasses Rice Pudding

Baked Apples

Chunky Baked Apples (with Optional Granola Topping)

Apple Dumplings

Apple and Pecan Turnovers

Triple-Vanilla Ice Cream
Butter Pecan Ice Cream


Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Cherry-Chocolate Cream Torte

Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha Frosting

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake
Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

Creamy Cheesecake with Graham Cracker-Walnut Crust and Sour Cream Topping

Mom's Mocha Brownies

Whoopie Pies

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cocoa Meringue Chocolate Chip Cookies

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
Buttery Shortbread Cookies

Grandmom Weber's Heavy Butter Cookie

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Lattice Top Apple Pie

Peach Custard Pie

Lemon Sponge Pie

Walnut and Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Pecan Pie

Ricotta Cheese Pie

Milk Flabby Pie

Oven-Fried Pork Chops

Oven-Fried Pork Chops Recipe Photo

Mom's Chili with Meat and Beans

Chili with Meat and Beans Recipe Photo

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits Recipe Photo

Mom's Best Lasagna

Lasagna Recipe Photo

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Photo

Green Beans and Ham

Green Beans and Ham Recipe Photo

Potato, Onion and Cheese Gratin

Potato, Onion and Cheese Gratin Recipe Photo

Grandmom Weber's Heavy Butter Cookies

Butter Cookies Recipe Photo