Best Comfort Foods

Our 18 Best Comfort Food Recipes To Satisfy All Your Cold-Weather Cravings

From hearty pasta to creamy potatoes and casseroles, these recipes are the perfect prep for your winter bod

One of the best things about the weather turning cooler is that comfort food is officially back in season (okay let's be real: we love our comfort foods year round). From creamy pasta dishes like ravioli stuffed with pear and cheese to classic fall pies with fillings like chocolate or apple and hearty casseroles hot out of the oven, we've rounded up some of our favorites both sweet and savory. Here are our best comfort food recipes to make for a perfect dinner on a chilly evening.

Apple & Sausage Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Apple Casserole

Apple & Sausage Macaroni and Cheese

Farideh Sadeghin

Fresh apples plus hard cider give this easy mac and cheese a double dose of fall flavor. Get the recipe for Apple & Sausage Macaroni and Cheese »

Chicken Pot Shepherd's Pie

Simple week Night Meal Chicken Potpie

Chicken Pot Shepherd's Pie

Farideh Sadeghin

Give this comfort food staple the best of both worlds by topping a rich chicken stew with mashed potatoes and puff pastry. Get the recipe for Chicken Pot Shepherd's Pie »

Classic Easy Lasagna

Lasagna

Classic Easy Lasagna

Farideh Sadeghin

Lasagna gets a bad rap for being a labor-intensive dish, but with a few shortcuts, like starting with store-bought lasagna sheets, you can make a great version any night of the week. Get the recipe for Classic Easy Lasagna »

Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes

Creme fraiche mashed potatoes

Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes

Farideh Sadeghin

Mashed potatoes combined with butter and crème fraîche make a rich, creamy side. Any root vegetable can be used in combination with or in place of the potatoes. Get the recipe for Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes »

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

Sweet Potato Casserole Pecan Crumble

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

Todd Coleman

This sweet potato casserole is an especially festive, over-the-top take on the Thanksgiving classic, topped with a crisp pecan crumble and dotted with marshmallows. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble »

Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken

Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken

Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken

Nicole Franzen

Parker's BBQ in Wilson, North Carolina, famous for its Family Platter with shatteringly crisp fried chicken, goes through seven to eight thousand chickens a week. A favorite of chef Elizabeth Karmel's, this super-simple recipe lets the flavor of the chicken shine. Get the recipe for Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken »

Caramel-Apple Pie

Caramel apple pie recipe

Caramel-Apple Pie

James Roper

A cinnamon-spiced sauce of butter and melted caramel candies poured over apples makes a wonderfully sweet, gooey pie filling. Get the recipe for Caramel-Apple Pie »

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle

Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle

Farideh Sadeghin

Almond flour and espresso powder give bittersweet edge to these waffles, which are glossed with a decadent sauce of condensed milk, coffee, and dark chocolate. Get the recipe for Espresso Waffles with Mocha Drizzle »

James Bread's Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

James Bread's Beef Stroganoff

Farideh Sadeghin

One of many timeless recipes featured in American Food Writing is James Beard's take on this comforting noodle dish. "There are many different versions," the chef writes in The James Beard Cookbook (Dell Publishing, 1959), the book from which the excerpt is taken. "Beware of those that specify long cooking. Beef stroganoff is much better when prepared quickly." Get the recipe for James Bread's Beef Stroganoff »

Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)

Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)

Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere)

Ingalls Photography

Nothing says love like homemade pasta. Lidia Bastianich's recipe mixes tender, sweet Bartlett pears with sharp pecorino and creamy mascarpone to make a rich filling for ravioli. Get the recipe for Pear and Cheese Ravioli (Cacio e Pere) »

Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake

Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake

Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake

Todd Coleman

Three velvety layers sandwiched with thick dark chocolate icing make a decadent, crowd-pleasing dessert. Get the recipe for Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake »

Turkey Tetrazzini

Simple Week Night Meal Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini

Matt Taylor-Gross

This version of the American classic has a smattering of colorful vegetables and a sauce enriched by sherry and parmesan. Get the recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini »

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo

Dan Dao

“There are as many ways to make gumbo in Louisiana as there are cooks,” says chef Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen’s restaurant in New Orleans, “but the thing they all have in common is the use of a roux.” His rich, hearty version—a “filé gumbo” made with filé or ground sassafras leaves—uses oil leftover from browning chicken to make the roux, increasing the meaty flavor and complexity of the dish. Add the vegetables in two stages to provide different levels of taste and texture, and be sure to cook them until no longer stringy. (Note: Brigtsen's original recipe calls for rabbit, which you're welcome to use. We've adapted it for chicken here.) Get the recipe for Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo »

Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter

Biscuits

Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter

Matt Taylor-Gross

This honey butter-topped biscuit recipe, from Jean-Paul Bourgeois, executive chef at Blue Smoke in New York City, earned first prize in the 2017 Charleston Food & Wine Festival’s Battle of the Biscuits. High-quality dairy—and high-fat dairy—are two of chef Bourgeois’ tricks to making them extra-special. Look for either high-fat buttermilk or a higher fat, European-style butter, which make for a more delicate, flakier texture. Get the recipe for Super-Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Butter »

Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy

Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy

Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy

Maxime Iattoni

Essential to any Southern breakfast, flaky buttermilk biscuits in thick sausage gravy are a delicious start to the day. Get the recipe for Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy »

Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey

Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey

Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey

Helen Rosner

Creamy baked yams mashed with butter, lime juice, and honey make an easy, bright autumn side dish. Get the recipe for Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey »

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Andrew Ingalls

A deep-dish pie is packed with both sweet and tart apples to balance the rich, salted caramel sauce. Get the recipe for Salted Caramel Apple Pie »

Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen)

Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen)

Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen)

Todd Coleman

Toasted sesame oil and hot chile oil spice up this porky ramen. Get the recipe for Sesame and Chile Ramen (Tantanmen) »

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