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    62 Super Comforting Recipes For When You're Not Sure What To Make

    Just gonna leave this right here.

    Look, I'm not going to tell you that a comforting meal can fix the state of the world. But really, when has a big bowl of mac 'n' cheese ever NOT made you feel even just a *little* bit better?

    Here are a whole bunch of cozy recipes that will boost your spirits during uncertain times, dreary weather, an exhausting election, a global pandemic, the list goes on...


    1. Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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    Fluffy, buttery, and chocolate-y, these pancakes check all the boxes for the perfect treat-yourself breakfast, or breakfast for dinner.

    Recipe: Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    2. Stuffed Challah French Toast

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    Opt for challah in order to make the chewiest, eggiest, most decadent French toast. This version is filled with a light and airy strawberry and whipped cream mixture, but you can always leave it un-stuffed.

    Recipe: Stuffed Challah French Toast

    3. Chilaquiles (Verdes or Rojos)

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    Grab a bag of tortilla chips, some eggs, canned black beans, and a jar of store-bought salsa verde or red enchilada sauce for this Mexican-inspired breakfast.

    Recipe: Chilaquiles (Verdes or Rojos)

    4. Soft Scrambled Eggs

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    The secret to light and silky soft boiled eggs is to cook them over low heat super slowly, stirring constantly until they're just barely set.

    Recipe: Soft Scrambled Eggs

    5. Bacon Egg and Cheese Monkey Bread

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    Start with store-bought biscuit dough to easily whip up this new take on the classic BEC breakfast sandwich.

    Recipe: Bacon Egg and Cheese Monkey Bread

    6. Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

    A french toast stick with cinnamon sugar being dipped into a ramekin of maple syrup.
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    For the best French toast, use stale white bread. It soaks up just enough of the egg mixture but still manages to get nice and crispy on the outside.

    Recipe: Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

    7. Breakfast Pizza With Kale Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes

    A pizza topped with kale pesto, sun dried tomatoes, and a fried egg.
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    If there's an egg on it, it counts as breakfast. That's the rule!

    Recipe: Breakfast Pizza With Kale Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes

    8. Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

    A tater tot casserole topped with bacon bits and fresh herbs.
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    Made with thick cut bacon, ground sausage, eggs, sharp cheddar, and frozen tater tots, what else could you want in a breakfast casserole?

    Recipe: Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

    9. Eggs in Purgatory With Chile Butter and Feta

    A cast iron skillet of baked eggs in tomato sauce with feta and herbs.
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    Look, we're not going to say the chile butter is a waste of time, but this dish still tastes heavenly without it if you're looking for a minimal effort recipe. Make these spicy baked eggs for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.

    Recipe: Eggs in Purgatory With Chile Butter and Feta

    10. Eggs Benedict Casserole

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    Poaching eggs can be a pain, but this casserole is an easy way to enjoy all the flavors of eggs Benedict without all the effort. Just don't skimp on the hollandaise sauce — it's the icing on the cake (or the drizzle on the casserole, so to speak).

    Recipe: Eggs Benedict Casserole


    11. French Onion Beef Casserole

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    This cozy casserole comes together with just five ingredients: egg noodles, ground beef, condensed cream of mushroom soup, store-bought French onion dip, and fried onions.

    Recipe: French Onion Beef Casserole

    12. Classic Meat Lasagna

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    There's nothing tricky about making lasagna from scratch. Just layer lasagna noodles, browned ground beef, tomato sauce, and the ricotta mixture. Bake until golden and bubbly.

    Recipe: Classic Meat Lasagna

    13. Homemade Pad Thai

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    This from-scratch pad Thai sauce comes together with sugar, tamarind concentrate, soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, and red pepper flakes. If you don't want chicken, swap in your favorite protein like shrimp or tofu.

    Recipe: Homemade Pad Thai

    14. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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    This Eastern European-style recipe is basically beef and rice meatballs that are wrapped in cabbage leaves and baked in a bright and tangy tomato sauce seasoned with sugar and red wine vinegar.

    Recipe: Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

    15. Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole

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    This creative dish calls for shredded chicken in order to turn a classic party app into a comforting and filling casserole.

    Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole

    16. Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

    Two hotdog rolls stuffed with meatballs, tomato sauce, parmesan, and fresh herbs.
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    Make a big batch of slow cooker meatballs and you can freeze them for future meals. Toss a few meatballs into a hotdog bun with some melted cheese for an effortless sub sandwich.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Meatball Subs

    17. Spaghetti Bolognese

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    If you have the time, try slow cooking the meat sauce. Just let it simmer for two to three hours over low heat and the Bolognese will become super tender and flavorful.

    Recipe: Spaghetti Bolognese

    18. Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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    While beef stew takes a while to cook, the only cooking skill required here is patience. Just add the ingredients to your slow cooker and let dinner make itself.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

    19. Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

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    If you need to cut down on cooking time or want to save some effort, store-bought biscuit dough makes a perfectly delicious pot pie crust.

    Recipe: Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

    20. Chicken Noodle Casserole

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    Keep a can of cream of mushroom soup on hand for easy recipes like this crowd-pleasing casserole. You basically just dump all the ingredients into a baking dish and let it cook.

    Recipe: Chicken Noodle Casserole

    21. 15-Minute Udon and Vegetable Stir Fry

    A bowl of udon noodle stir fry with carrots, scallions, and sesame seeds.
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    You can find fresh, vacuum-packed udon noodles at most grocery stores, and swapping these guys for basic spaghetti or instant ramen seriously upgrades your average stir-fry.

    Recipe: 15-Minute Udon and Vegetable Stir Fry

    22. Baked Mac 'n' Cheese

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    Once you've tried this from-scratch version, good luck ever going back to the boxed stuff. There's something about the combination of sharp cheddar, Gruyère, and Parmesan cheese beneath the crispy bread crumb topping that is pretty irresistable.

    Recipe: Baked Mac 'n' Cheese

    23. Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

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    You'll want to plan ahead when making this hearty French onion soup because it takes the majority of the day to slow cook. That being said, once you add the ingredients to the Crock Pot, all you really have to do is wait.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

    24. Crispy Chicken Parmesan

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    Chicken cutlets get dredged in eggs and breadcrumbs, pan-fried until golden and crispy, then baked beneath a heaping spoonful of marinara sauce and lots of mozzarella cheese.

    Recipe: Crispy Chicken Parmesan

    25. Homemade Meatloaf

    A meatloaf cut into slices on a plate.
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    Meatloaf may not be the sexiest dinner, but it just always tastes like home. For the most flavor, avoid using lean ground beef.

    Recipe: Homemade Meatloaf

    26. Crispy Chicken Katsu

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    These Japanese-style chicken cutlets are breaded in panko and sooo delightfully crispy. Serve them over rice with some cabbage and ponzu sauce.

    Recipe: Crispy Chicken Katsu

    27. Creamy Tuscan Ravioli

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    Store-bought ravioli is your dinnertime secret weapon. Tossed in a simple sundried tomato cream sauce, you've got a meal fancy enough for date night.

    Recipe: Creamy Tuscan Ravioli

    28. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

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    If you like buffalo wings, you'll love these easy meatballs. Serve them on a big bed of rice or on a salad with blue cheese and celery.

    Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

    29. Ground Beef Enchiladas

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    Making restaurant-quality enchiladas at home is surprisingly easy. Just roll up seasoned beef in tortillas, then top with cheese and enchilada sauce and pop it into the oven. You can also swap the beef for ground chicken, turkey, or even a mix of black beans and sweet potato.

    Recipe: Ground Beef Enchiladas

    30. Chicken Lo Mein

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    You can make this take-out classic in your own kitchen using egg noodles or spaghetti and whatever veggies and protein you have on hand.

    Recipe: Chicken Lo Mein

    31. Vegetable and Tofu Thai Green Curry

    Hands holding a bowl of green curry loaded with vegetables and tofu.
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    The best thing about curry is that you can customize it with your favorite ingredients. Add chicken or shrimp or load it up with different veggies.

    Recipe: Vegetable and Tofu Thai Green Curry

    32. Crispy Baja Fish Tacos

    Three tacos filled with crispy fish and topped with avocado, slaw, and cilantro.
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    The secret ingredient in these battered fish tacos is beer. It gives them that crispy, light, and airy texture.

    Recipe: Crispy Baja Fish Tacos

    33. One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

    A pot of beef strognoff
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    Don't worry about splurging on a fancy cut of steak for this family-friendly dinner. Affordable, quick-cooking ground beef will do the trick.

    Recipe: One-Pot Beef Stroganoff

    34. Pork and Hominy Stew (Pozole Verde)

    A bowl of green pozole with pork, hominy, radishes, chopped red onion, and avocado.
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    This Mexican-inspired soup is made with boneless pork shoulder, hominy, chicken broth, salsa verde, and lots of spices.

    Recipe: Pork and Hominy Stew (Pozole Verde)

    35. Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

    A bowl of chicken tikka masala with white basmati rice and naan.
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    Tender chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon, and spices is cooked in diced tomatoes, cream, and a whole lot of spices. Serve it with store bought naan and basmati rice for a fan-favorite meal.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

    36. Pork Wonton Soup

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    If you have time to make the wontons from scratch, you won't regret it. You can make a big batch at once and freeze the extras for future meals.

    Recipe: Pork Wonton Soup

    37. Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

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    You don't need a fancy pizza oven or even a pizza stone to make incredible 'za at home. All you need is a sizzling hot cast iron skillet, pizza dough, and your favorite toppings.

    Recipe: Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

    38. General Tso's Chicken

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    Sweet and spicy and sticky and chewy, this Chinese-inspired chicken is a restaurant favorite for a reason. With the help of a few sauces and seasonings —like soy sauce, black vinegar, and sesame oil — you can make it right at home.

    Recipe: General Tso's Chicken

    39. Sheet Pan Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

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    Nachos get a little fancy thanks to shredded chicken, canned black beans, and all your favorite toppings. Toss on jalapeños, diced tomatoes, red onion, and lots of cheese.

    Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

    40. Italian Wedding Soup

    A pot of soup with orzo, mini meatballs, spinach, and carrots.
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    If you're pressed for time, go ahead and use your favorite frozen meatballs. No judgement here!

    Recipe: Italian Wedding Soup

    41. Skillet Beef Pot Pie

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    Beef stew can be very time consuming, but this skillet supper makes things simple thanks to ground beef, frozen veggies, and store-bought biscuits.

    Recipe: Skillet Beef Pot Pie

    42. Tonkotsu Ramen

    A bowl of ramen with pork belly, soft boiled eggs, enoki mushrooms, and scallions.
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    Start with store-bought tonkatsu broth and load up your bowl with all your favorite ramen toppings — from pork belly to soft-boiled egg.

    Recipe: Tonkotsu Ramen

    43. New Orleans-Style Jambalaya

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    This recipe calls for rice, chicken, sausage, and shrimp simmered in crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, and lots of spices. It's really, really good.

    Recipe: New Orleans-Style Jambalaya

    44. Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

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    When it comes to the world of pasta, cheese-filled tortellini reigns king.

    Recipe: Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

    45. Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

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    Roasting pork shoulder in the oven for carnitas can be very time-consuming, but your handy Instant Pot makes it easy. Shred the pork with forks then add it to burritos, tacos, and more.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

    46. Classic Baked Ziti From Scratch

    A baking dish of baked ziti with lots of melted cheese.
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    There's pasta... and then there's baked pasta nestled under a thick layer of gooey, melted cheese. Serve this baby with garlic bread for good measure.

    Recipe: Classic Baked Ziti From Scratch

    47. Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

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    Minimal clean-up is always our M.O, which means we can never have too many solid sheet pan dinners in our arsenal. This one is worth making on repeat.

    Recipe: Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

    48. Easy Bacon Fried Rice

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    The best thing about fried rice is that you can make it with just about whatever is left in your fridge. Grab some rice, frozen veggies, and last night's shredded chicken, the leftover bacon, or some frozen shrimp, and turn it into a satisfying meal.

    Recipe: Easy Bacon Fried Rice

    49. Parmesan Spinach Gnocchi

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    Start with your favorite potato, cauliflower, or sweet potato gnocchi. This 30-minute meal comes together in a single pot, which makes it a good option for busy or lazy nights.

    Recipe: Parmesan Spinach Gnocchi

    50. Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

    Four small cocottes filled with tomato soup topped with grilled cheese croutons.
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    Three words: grilled cheese croutons. Need I say more?

    Recipe: Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons

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    This classic Roman pasta gets a little autumnal twist thanks to wild mushrooms that get sautéed in oil until nice and crispy.

    Recipe: Tagliatelle Carbonara with Crispy Mushrooms

    52. Baked Eggplant Parmesan

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    Make this decadent eggplant dish for meatless Monday... or any day. It's so hearty and satisfying, you won't realize it's totally vegetarian.

    Recipe: Baked Eggplant Parmesan


    53. Chocolate Mug Cake

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    When your sweet tooth kicks in and you don't have time to make a big production, this single-serving microwave chocolate cake is a godsend.

    Recipe: Chocolate Mug Cake

    54. Two-Ingredient Apple Turnovers

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    If you use store-bought apple pie filling and crescent roll dough, this festive fall dessert calls for just two ingredients.

    Recipe: Two Ingredient Apple Turnovers

    55. Pecan Pie Brownies

    Someone ripping a pecan pie brownie into half.
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    Can't decide what you want for dessert? How about these sticky, fudgy pecan pie brownies that combine two decadent sweets into one?

    Recipe: Pecan Pie Brownies

    56. Edible Cookie Dough

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    We all know the best part about baking cookies is eating the dough. This eggless cookie dough is totally safe to eat raw, so you can devour it by the spoonful.

    Recipe: Edible Cookie Dough

    57. Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

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    There's something so nostalgic about banana pudding. You don't even need to turn on the oven to make this dessert from scratch. The vanilla wafers, bananas, and custard filling sit in the fridge for up to two days until soft and spongy.

    Recipe: Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

    58. Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa

    A mug of rich hot chocolate with whipped cream and caramel swirl topping.
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    Ditch the hot cocoa packets and whip up this decadent and seriously rich version from scratch. You won't want to leave out the whipped cream and salted caramel sauce.

    Recipe: Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa

    59. Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

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    Walnuts and chocolate are the ultimate cookie combination. Every bite is the ideal amount of sweet, savory, nutty, and buttery.

    Recipe: Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies