The season of comfort food

There are record low temperatures across the nation, so I figured that this would be a great day for a comfort food recap!  When the temperatures are icy, frosty, and below 0 (or just really chilly and rainy here in the lovely Pacific Northwest), it is so nice to go home to stew simmering in the slow cooker, or throw together some yummy Italian pasta dish. 

Below, I have compiled some of my best quintessential “comfort food” dishes – but it’s not exhaustive!

Also, if you have a favourite comfort dish, please share it in the comment section! =)


Baked Beef Ziti (Italian lovers, click this! Non-Italian lovers, still click this! –> bonus, it’s a Weight Watchers recipe)

Beef and Black Bean Taco Bake (this was Mexican-esque comforting deliciousness, trust me)

Beef, Potato, and Quinoa Soup (thick enough to be a stew, thin enough to be a soup – definitely a soothing and protein-packed dinner!)

Bistro Beef Stew (a super yummy dish!!)

Italian Pot Pie (a saucy twist on Shepherd’s Pie)

Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting (enough said)

Sour Cream and Beef Noodle Bake (noodles, cream, ground beef, and the Pioneer Woman – what more could a woman want??)

Tater Tot Casserole (tell me how this is NOT a comfort dish, I dare you)

Thai Beef (slow cooker and minimal ingredients – great to come home to after a long day!)


BBQ Chicken Dip (so it’s a dip and not a meal, but if you’re going to a party, or want to treat this as a meal, then you won’t be disappointed)

Chicken Enchilada Soup (for the love of all that is holy, please make this during your winter hibernation!)

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken (this was recent enough for me to remember just how delightful it was – my husband and I couldn’t keep our mouths off it!)

Hearty Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (cream, chicken, potato pasta…uh…need I say more?)


Lobster Bisque (a simplified version of the fancy restaurant delight)


Crockpot Lasagna (the original recipe called for beef, but I used turkey – you can use either, it’s simple and yummy)


Herbed Potato Soup (doesn’t soup just define “comfort food”? this is proof)

Spicy Black Bean Soup (the perfect accompaniment to a cold day, and will also clear your sinuses a bit if you have a cold!)

Truffle Oil Mac’n’Cheese (this is another dish that doesn’t really need an explanation, a fancied-up version of a creamy classic…it also includes bacon, but I still listed it under vegetarian, since you can omit it, and I don’t want to exclude my meatless readers from eating comfort food!)


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