Everyone loves comfort foods. There’s just something so blissful and timeless about plopping down on your couch after an incredibly tiring day, watching a relaxing TV show or movie, and having your most favorite comfort food.
What I truly love about comfort food is that there are just so many options that you can choose from.
From a hearty bowl of chili to a creamy bowl of mac and cheese, you can have them all!
So, let’s explore some of the best comfort food ideas that the food gods have blessed us with!
1. Mac & Cheese
There are no blues, I repeat, no blues that a huge bowl of steaming hot and creamy mac and cheese can’t cure!
I am such a huge fan of this dish because you can keep it simple and stick to the traditional 1 or 2 kinds of cheese.
However, if you’re feeling like having some fun, then you can have an elaborate affair and add all sorts of cheeses such as mozzarella, cheddar, Romano, Monterey Jack, and parmesan into the mix and then bake the dish.
What’s more is that with mac and cheese, the topping possibilities are endless. You can top your bowl of mac and cheese with whatever you’re craving, be it meat, veggies, chips, or more.
If you have leftovers, this is how to reheat mac and cheese and keep it creamy. They make amazing leftovers, for sure.
Well, I had to add chili to this list. After all, isn’t it the favorite comfort food of all Americans? The best bit about chili is that it’s so flavorful and makes for such a hearty meal. It also tastes exceptional with garlic bread or any other bread for that matter! Making a large batch of chili and then enjoying it with your family qualifies as one of the best experiences one can have.
As a matter of fact, chili is something that we love so much ourselves that we have multiple recipes for it. Heck, we even ranked the best-canned chili.
Forget the old fish and fries and enter into the world of fried chicken and fries. To me, nothing beats the comfort and joy that I get after biting into a crunchy and juicy fried drumstick.
The way you prepare fried chicken matters because if it’s not cooked with the right amount of spices or fried properly, then it can become bland and soggy, which isn’t something that you want.
So, add those spices to the chicken, let it marinate, coat it with a spicy coating, deep fry it till it’s golden brown, and then serve it with French fries and a mayo dip.
This is quintessential comfort food. This has all of the required ingredients for comfort food. It has cheese, bacon, and potatoes. It is creamy, and if you garnish it with chives, it is darn near perfection.
Consider amping up this comforting soup recipe by adding in diced ham or spinach. Our recipe includes carrots and celery already. So adding more veggies will just make it even better.
I hear the word comfort, and I picture potatoes. Lots and lots of potatoes! Even though I can have them in all shapes, forms, and ways, the ultimate comfort food potatoes have to be creamy scalloped potatoes.
There’s just something so drool-worthy and hearty about these parmesan-laden, garlicky, and buttery baked potatoes that makes them truly irresistible!
Want to try a soup that can take you on a dreamy trip during the chilly autumn days? Try the butternut squash soup. This incredibly rich and creamy soup is unarguably one of the best soups out there.
Plus, it’s so hearty and filling that you can enjoy it as is. Alternatively, you can have it with some bread to make a nice meal out of it.
Yes, I couldn’t decide on just one. I love both pancakes and waffles as both of these dishes are exceptional comfort foods that you can have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
There are just so many varieties of pancakes and waffles that you can make and eat. Plus, there’s a wide array of sweet and savory toppings for both, which makes these dishes truly worth the attention that they get!
Breakfast for dinner is one of our favorite meals. This recipe includes breakfast sausage, eggs, potato, cheese, and veggies. It is such a versatile dish. Consider adding broccoli or brussel sprouts to work in even more flavor.
Let’s be honest here, sausage is traditional comfort food. It is versatile, hearty, and delicious. This soup is made with pancetta, sausage, kale, and of course, potatoes.
I get immediately hungry every single time that I read this recipe.
This is a recipe that almost all of us grew up eating. It is as comforting as Thanksgiving dinner. It is simplistic and filling.
This recipe is creamed chipped beef mixed in white gravy and smothered atop toast. You will instantly be reminded of your childhood.
11. Cheesy Meatloaf
Meatloaf is often overlooked but when you think about it it is the essence of comfort food. It is the dinner that most of us hated as a child but appreciate as an adult.
When you add cheese to meatloaf it makes it even better. Eating meatloaf after a challenging day is like getting a hug from your grandmother. It is warm and reliable and you feel like you are home.
12. French Fries
Well, what kind of fries should you put with that fried chicken? Of course, you can go with traditional french fries or you can get a bit more interesting.
There is no wrong answer, but here are our suggestions:
The bottom line
I hope you enjoyed this delectable list of comfort food ideas. Comfort foods are truly special and a blessing from the heavens. Try all of the foods that I’ve mentioned above and find the one that gives you the most comfort and bliss!
So, what’re you waiting for? Go ahead and cook your favorite comfort meals!
- Mac & Cheese
- Fried Chicken
- Potato & Bacon Soup (With Velveeta Cheese)
- Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Pancakes & Waffles
- Sausage Potato Casserole
- Sausage & Potato Soup
- Creamed Chipped Beef
- Cheesy Meatloaf
- French Fries
- Pick out a few recipes to try
- Tell us your favorites below
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g