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Nothing makes you feel warm and fuzzy more than a good old fashioned comfort food dinner. It’s the kind of food that warms your belly while feeding your soul, food that reminds you of Sunday dinners with your grandparents and makes you want to carry on those traditions with your own family.

a couple of plates with rice and a piece of chicken, parsley, a blue casserole dish

Comfort Food Makes Us Happy

Comfort foods are nostalgic, sentimental and often linked to people or times in our lives that made us feel good. They were often given to us by or enjoyed with people we love and have fond memories of. It’s classical conditioning; the scents and flavors of that food evoke pleasant thoughts and feelings, making you feel comforted.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve especially been craving comfort food lately. We are spending more time at home, cooking a lot more than going out, and even though we enjoy the occasional box of Kraft mac and cheese, we crave those simple, classic recipes that just make us feel good. Even more in the fall and winter months, I want soups and casseroles more than anything.

What Kind of Food is Comfort Food?

This can be different for everyone. Lentil Soup, for me, takes me back to my grandma’s kitchen table on New Year’s Day when it was a tradition to eat a big bowl with homemade spaetzle. But for you it might be something different, like New York Cheesecake or make ahead mashed potatoes.

white bowl with a blue rim, filled with lentils and ham, sour cream and a spoon, parsley and a colorful napkin

Some of the most popular comfort foods are things like:

Is Comfort Food Unhealthy?

Comfort food recipes can be heavier, but it’s ok to enjoy a little indulgence once in a while. Serve it with a big garden salad or a pan of roasted broccoli to balance it out. Some people use comfort food as a way to ease stress or anxiety, or even boredom. Just be careful not to indulge too much.

Since comfort food is just food that makes you feel good, you can totally make it healthy by swapping out ingredients, like sour cream for greek yogurt or adding veggies.

31 Days of Comfort Food Dinners

I’ve gathered up a month’s worth of my favorite comfort food dinners. Take a look around and save them for future meals plans. Be sure to let us know what your favorite comfort food is!

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Tamale Pie
Tamale Pie is made with seasoned ground beef and topped with homemade cornbread and cheese. It's a simple dinner casserole that's big on flavor.
Tamale pie in a cast iron pan
Sloppy Joes Recipe
Classic Sloppy Joes recipe with ground beef, onions, ketchup, Worcestershire, and brown sugar sauce for the ultimate sweet and savory meal. 
Sloppy Joe featured image.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Learn how to make a tender, flavorful pot roast in your crock pot! Follow this easy step-by-step recipe to make the perfect Slow Cooker Pot Roast.
Chicken and Dumplings
Homemade Chicken Dumpling Soup is a classic dish made with tender chicken, onions, celery, carrots and an easy homemade dumpling dough.
Chicken and Dumplings are a classic comfort food sure to satisfy your soul! Perfect for weeknight meals or Sunday supper with the family!
Chicken Pot Pie
Creamy, dreamy semi-homemade chicken pot pie uses tender chicken and veggies and a homemade creamy sauce.
A slice of Chicken Pot Pie.
Turkey Tetrazzini
Turkey Tetrazzini is a hearty pasta bake full of noodles, mushrooms, peas and turkey all coated in a rich and creamy cheesy sauce with a crispy topping.
Social media image of turkey tetrazzini
Instant Pot Roasted Tomato Soup
Instant Pot Tomato Soup is bursting with fresh roasted tomatoes, veggies and fresh basil. It's a quick comfort meal perfect for any season.
Social media image of instant pot tomato soup
Classic Meatloaf Recipe
This Classic Meatloaf recipe was my dad’s claim to fame, at least in our house! It’s tender and juicy and has a uniquely delicious flavor. The brown sugar and ketchup glaze just puts this meatloaf over the top!
Social media image of classic meatloaf
Tuna Casserole
Tuna Casserole is pure comfort food. Flaky tuna, tender noodles and peas in a creamy homemade sauce with a crunchy cracker crumb topping.
A plate of Tuna Casserole
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is an easy leftover ham and potato casserole smothered in cheese sauce and served as a side dish or entree.
Million Dollar Spaghetti
Million Dollar Spaghetti is your new go-to pasta bake! Creamy layers of pasta, cheese and meat sauce all baked into a comforting casserole.
Fried Chicken Thighs
These crispy fried chicken thighs have a golden and crunchy breading and a juicy flavorful center. This easy chicken recipe will become a family favorite!
A plate of fried chicken thighs
Monterey Chicken Spaghetti
Monterey Chicken Spaghetti is packed with chicken, spinach and pasta and topped wit crispy fried onions. This is sure to become a new family favorite!
Creamy Turkey & Stuffing Casserole
This Turkey Stuffing Casserole recipe is an excellent way to use leftover turkey! Made with veggies, a creamy gravy, and a stuffing topping.
A close up of Turkey and Stuffing Casserole.
Chicken Alfredo Lasagna
This easy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna is made with rotisserie chicken, alfredo sauce, and mozzarella cheese. This recipe will please any of your family or friends.
Casserole dish filled with Chicken Alfredo Lasagna
Mexican Chicken Casserole
Mexican Chicken Casserole is one of our favorite dinners, with layers of tortilla chips, creamy chicken, salsa, beans, and cheese!
A plate filled with Mexican Chicken Casserole, rice, and corn.
Chicken and Rice Bake
This Chicken and Rice Bake has rice, mushroom soup, chicken breasts and seasoning for a delicious one pan meal that's ready in about an hour.
A plate of cooked chicken over rice.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Italian Chicken Dinner
There are only 5 ingredients in this easy & healthy one-pot meal. Make this Italian chicken dinner in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.
Tuna Melt
A Tuna Melt is a classic hot grilled sandwich, with flavorful tuna fish salad, fresh sliced tomatoes and melted cheddar cheese all served on toasted bread.
A grilled tuna sandwich with cheese, cut in half
Cheeseburger Casserole
Cheeseburger Casserole takes everything you love about a cheeseburger and puts it into an easy casserole form. Made in a skillet, this filling meal is ready in about 30 minutes!
white plate stacked with cheeseburger casserole on it. Shredded cheese, a bowl of sliced pickles
Cheesy Barbecue Bacon Chicken Casserole
BBQ Bacon Chicken Casserole has pasta, chicken, bacon, cheese and tomatoes in a creamy bbq sauce. It's kid friendly, easy to whip up and totally delicious!
A spoonful of rotini pasta with cheese and barbecue chicken.
Classic Hungarian Goulash
This Classic Hungarian Goulash recipe is a delicious dinner that’s packed full of slow-cooked flavor with tender chunks of beef in a rich, thick broth.
a square image of a white bowl with hungarian beef stew, egg noodles and sour cream
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Pie
Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole has tons of veggies, ground beef and that famous Sloppy Joe Sauce, all mixed together and topped with crispy tater tots for the ultimate dinnertime casserole meal.
Spoonful of tater tot pie.
Homemade Chicken Soup
Cozy Homemade Chicken Soup is loaded with chicken, veggies, herbs, and tons of flavor in under an hour. A comforting, nostalgic recipe!
Ham and Navy Bean Soup
Simple, hearty Ham and Bean Soup with veggies and tons of flavor.
A bowl of Navy Bean and Ham Soup
Chicken Supreme
Chicken Supreme is a delicious family friendly dinner. With a flavorful yogurt topping and crunchy breadcrumbs, this baked chicken is total comfort food.
A plate of cooked chicken supreme in a dish
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Loaded Baked Potato Soup is rich, creamy and ready in 40 minutes. Made with classic toppings, like cheese, bacon, chives and sour cream.
a silver ladle with potato soup, bacon, cheese and parsley, a red pot of potato soup below
Easy Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie is comfort food central! A hearty, homestyle dinner that sticks to your ribs and satisfies. Make ahead, plus freezing instructions included.
Crockpot/Slow Cooker Lasagna
Crock Pot Lasagna means no need for an oven! Lasagna noodles, meat sauce and cheese made all in one pot. Easy and delicious!
Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup – Fresh Coast Eats
Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup: A rich, creamy classic Italian soup made with gnocchi, chicken, carrots, celery onions in your instant pot.

Bonus Desserts

Sometimes you just need to bake something. If you’re not looking to make a whole meal, these comfort food dessert will hit the spot!

  1. Pumpkin Dump Cake – Serve up big slices of this creamy and rich Pumpkin Dump Cake with a crunchy brown sugar and walnut topping for dessert this fall. Made with just a few ingredients, this mouthwatering dessert is as easy as it is delicious!
  2. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – The Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies just can’t be beat! My Oatmeal Raisin Cookie recipe is just like grandma used to make, and so soft and chewy, you’ll be begging for more.
  3. Pistachio Fluff Salad – This Classic Pistachio Fluff Salad is a family favorite, classic dessert recipe that will take you back to your childhood. Also known as Watergate Salad, this pistachio salad is filled with pineapple, marshmallows, cool whip and walnuts.
  4. Molasses Cookies – Molasses Cookies are an old fashioned cookie filled with the warm fall flavors of cinnamon, ginger and clove. They are crispy on the edges, soft and chewy on the inside, making these irresistible cookies perfect for holiday gifting and snacking.
  5. Banana Bread – Best Banana Bread Recipe is so easy to make and super soft and moist!  The very best way to use up overripe bananas this bread is tender and packed full of flavor!

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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