Knitwear weather? More like "curled up in bed, wearing sweatpants" season. In this chilly weather you feel lazy and just want to stay in bed. You want everything warm, cozy, and comfortable around you. The same goes for food. You roll yourself in your blanket like a burrito, just in need of a bowl of any of the best comfort foods, that might remind you of your childhood or you have some good memories attached to it.
There are so many comfort foods that you might not even know about. But we got you!
What are the Best Comfort Foods that are quick and Easy to Make?
These recipes are for times you want a big bowl of comfort but don't want to put in some effort. Unless you're like me, that probably describes most days. You can prepare all of these recipes in about an hour, and that too with very little preparation - no lengthy ingredient lists here. Simply expressed, comfort in a bowl or on your preferred platter.
From hearty noodles to toasty casseroles, below are the 25 best comfort foods to satisfy your cravings.
You know we are going in the right direction! When anyone says comfort food, ramen is what hits my mind first. It's easy, quick and delicious to make. There are so many delicious ramen recipes out there. The best part is that you have a huge variety to choose from. To minimize the effort, keep a stock of cup noodles and just add hot water. Easy peasy!
2.Cheesy Potato Casserole
One can never go wrong with the combination of potatoes and cheese. They are the bedrocks of comfort food. Combine them and bake a heartwarming casserole for you and your family - Because they won't let you eat alone.
3.Skillet Mac n Cheese
This creamy mac & cheese is almost too simple to make! The creamy cheese flavor is usually popular with children, but I've never met an adult who didn't enjoy it just as much.
4.Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Did someone said grilled cheese? Who doesn't love gooey, oozing, melted cheese? Here's a pro tip to make your sandwich taste out of this world. Just spread a little of each, mayo and butter on the bread, then add the cheese. It makes a deliciously crispy crust with the exquisite flavor of butter that one would expect from a grilled cheese sandwich.
5.Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna
The classic lasagna with a modern twist. Mix spinach and ricotta with butter and spices of your choice. Use this filling between your lasagna layers. The satisfaction from first bite to last is worth a try.
6.Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Smooth, Buttery, Creamy and steaming bowl of mashed potatoes is my go-to. When there is nothing to eat, and you want something filling with as little effort as it takes, mashed potatoes are the solution. Just 3-4 ingredients and you are done!
7.Garlic Buttered Noodles
Buttered noodles are nostalgic kid food for almost all of us! When you’re craving a bowl of childhood comfort with just a hint of adulting, make yourself a bowl of these garlicky butter noodles. Super comforting and so easy to make. Tell me what’s cozier than curling up on the couch, your favorite music or movie playing, with warm bowls of buttered noodles??
8.Cheesy Garlic Breads
I won't be wrong if I say that garlic breads are the universal starters and the most comforting snack, especially when you have a bowl of soup to go with. But, if you top the garlic bread with some mozzarella, and some cheddar cheese... You know it!
9.Spaghetti and Meatballs
When in doubt, go for classic. Spaghetti is always a quick fix for your cravings, and when you add the meatballs on top, it wins among the best comfort foods around the globe!
10.Creamy Fish Pie
Tommy Banks' version, cooked with king prawns, salmon, and haddock and topped with a cozy, creamy mash, gives the modest fish pie a flavor boost that you must be craving for.
11.Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
This wonderful, filling and baked side dish features authentic Buffalo wing taste but no meat. Serve with additional hot sauce on the side for your spicy friends and family.
12.Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Skillet
Everyone's happy when your family's favorite hot appetizer meets weeknight convenience. This is quick and easy to make, plus it slips in a healthy dose of vegetables. It is so creamy; you might end up licking your fingers.
13.Crispy Fried Ranch Chicken
Craving for a golden-brown fried chicken at home, but without the actual frying process? To guarantee optimum crispiness, bake the chicken on wire racks. It's healthy and same as the crispy chicken you get at your favorite fast-food joints, but healthy. Try it for yourself!
14.Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burgers
Everybody loves burgers but it takes a lot of effort to make. Sure, it is a comfort food if you order. But wait! Try this;
Make a breakfast combo. Combine burger bun with bacon, egg and cheese, and you've got the "oh so yummy" comfort food.
15.Korean Fried Chicken
Cook an exotic yet easy to make snack like the spicy and sticky Korean fried chicken wings. Ideal finger food for you and your loved ones. But hey, don’t forget the napkins. Juicy yet crispy pieces of mouthwatering chicken.
There is no specific recipe for nachos. Just get your heated tortilla chips and top up with your favorite toppings. From different types of cheeses to vegetables to meat and even seafood. Have it simple or go over the board.
17.White Sauce Alfredo Pasta
Pasta with a thick and creamy Alfredo sauce has to be one of the most luxurious, indulgent, and satisfying comfort meals out there. Make the white sauce pasta and set it aside for later.
18.Hotdog – Southern Comfort
Hotdogs are an all-time favorite for all ages. Just like nachos, you can make your hot dogs as you like with the toppings that you love.
19.Chicken Fried Rice
This sounds like an effort but trust me, fried rice is the only rice recipe that I find super quick and super easy to cook. If you have frozen vegetables then it becomes easier. Just add rice, vegetables of your choice, chicken chunks and a dash of soy sauce.
Potatoes again? Of course! When in hunger, potatoes are the first thing that hits our mind. Now talking about French fries, you can have the classic, traditional, long cut, salted fries or play around with shapes and spices. You can make tornado fries, curly fries or even upgrade your fries with toppings to make chili cheese fries or saucy fries.
21.Wraps and Burritos
Everyone loves a healthy, easy and delectable wrap or a stuffed burrito. Roll up a Savory treat for lunch in a tortilla or flatbread. It’s a go to edible. You can have it on your way to work or sitting in your bed. Just make sure to wipe your mouth afterwards.
22.Apple and Cinnamon Pie
Now let me put in some desserts for your sweet tooth. On a cool day, nothing beats the aroma of cinnamon and apples boiling in a warm crust. Although it isn't quite cold yet, the scent will quickly take you to sweater season.
23.Crepes and Pancakes
Pancakes and crepes come in a variety of textures and tastes, and are eaten in almost every culture throughout the world. They can be served at any time of day, but for many people, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
With all the different types, one thing is for sure that it is the best comfort food for people who love something sweet but not too sweet.
A brownie can be prepared with 4-5 ingredients, depending on your choice. The best option is to buy a ready to cook brownie mix, add in water or milk as per instructions and bake. That’s it! Enjoy your brownies with vanilla ice cream, it is the best combo on earth.
25.French Toast Bread Sticks
Nothing is better than warm and sweet, cinnamon coated French toast sticks. French toasts are my type of comfort food when I crave something sweet. Just dip in the bowl of hot chocolate or maple syrup, and, oh my goodness... Oomph-oozing!
I think I will just go and make myself some French toasts right now, because in my opinion, French toasts are one of the best comfort foods. They are super quick to prepare, the recipe is so easy and you can play around with the toppings and dips according to your mood!
So, what is your favorite comfort food?