Valerie Bertinelli's Cozy Comfort Food Classics

Warm your insides with some of the best pastas, casseroles and slow-cooker recipes from Valerie's Home Cooking. 

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Chicken Enchiladas

Great for feeding a family, this Mexican dish — which makes 14 enchiladas — features a flavor-packed sauce with tomatoes, poblano peppers and a variety of herbs.  

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Deep-Dish Sausage Pizza

Take a quick trip to the Windy City with Valerie’s sausage-laden pizza. Bring everything together in a springform pan to get the desired depth you’d find in Chicago pizzerias. 

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Valerie's Very Best Gumbo

Based on the Louisiana classic, this gumbo recipe combines shredded chicken and two kinds of sausage with okra, bell peppers, celery, garlic and a bit of cayenne for some extra spice. 


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Cuban Sandwich with Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

First rubbed with an herb mixture, the boneless pork shoulder is cooked low and slow in an orange and lime juice, creating a tender meat perfect for a sandwich.

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Spicy Arrabiata Penne

This quick-fix pasta dish is easy to make and full of flavor from a mix of Italian seasoning, red chile flakes, garlic and fresh basil. 

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Spicy Black Bean Soup

For an easy meal that can be on the table in just 35 minutes, look to this Cuban-style comfort dish that is packed with flavorful herbs. 

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Italian Slow Cooker Beef Sandwiches with Giardiniera Aioli

Perfect for game day, boneless chuck roast is cooked low and slow for eight hours in a blend of Italian seasonings and served on a roll with a spread of a garlic-and-Dijon-based aioli. 

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Mom's Spaghetti and Meatballs

A classic Italian dish, Valerie's spaghetti is served in a tomato-and-white wine sauce and topped with pork and ground beef meatballs. 

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Three Bean Turkey Chili

Cozy up with this simple turkey chili topped with a generous helping of shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream. 

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Lemon-Dijon Potato Salad

Valerie's quick and easy potato salad is tossed in a lemon-and-Dijon mustard vinaigrette and can be served warm or at room temperature. 

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Lasagna alla Besciamella

A traditional lasagna recipe gets a creamy twist with the addition of a bechamel sauce layered with a meaty ragu and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. 

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Pasta with Bacon and Tomatoes

This simple pasta recipe is served in a white wine-tomato sauce and packs an extra punch of flavor from chopped slices of thick-cut bacon.

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Set-It-and-Forget-It Pot Roast

This fall-apart-tender roast is stuffed with garlic, slow-simmered in a white wine reduction and served on a platter of sauced carrots and potatoes. 

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Valerie's Homemade Pizza

This personal-sized pizza for meat lovers is grilled twice and topped with tomato sauce, cheese, sausage, prosciutto and Canadian bacon. 

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Chipotle Cheeseburgers

The star of this burger recipe is the spicy chipotle sauce which combines sour cream, salt, pepper, onions, cilantro and of course, chipotle peppers. Just a dab on your burger will deliver a burst of heat. 

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Lamb Shepherd's Pie

This savory pie is a mixture of ground lamb, herbs and chopped vegetables, with a hefty helping of mashed potatoes baked on top to seal in the flavors. 

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Deep-Fried Turkey

For a perfectly cooked turkey in under an hour, skip the oven and drop it into a counter top fryer. All you need to do is season it with a little bit of salt and pepper and then carve it when it's time to serve. 

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Beef and Potato Hash

The perfect savory addition to any brunch menu, the chuck roast in this hash recipe is slow-roasted for eight hours and then shredded over a bed of tender, golden brown potatoes. 

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Butternut Squash and Arugula Pizza

Swap out a traditional red sauce for a rich butternut squash spread to create a next-level pizza experience. Loaded with cheese and topped with light, citrus-dressed arugula, this pizza is a meal in perfect balance. 

Butternut Squash and Arugula Pizza

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Perfect for a weeknight dinner, this hearty dish is packed with six different spices, chopped andouille sausage, smoked ham and a hint of brown sugar for sweetness.

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Potato Skins with Beer Cheese

If you can't get enough of your favorite lager, this simple appetizer will allow you to drink it and eat it at the same time. 

Potato Skins with Beer Cheese

Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing

Sweet Italian sausage is the special ingredient in Valerie's stuffing, and she bakes it with walnuts, cranberries and a medley of vegetables, herbs and spices. 

Get the Recipe: Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing

Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joe Sliders

Perfect party-sized bites, these sloppy joes are filled with a mix of ground beef, finely chopped veggies, and a Worcestershire-chili powder sauce simmered together for four hours. 

Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joe Sliders

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork with Fried Shallots and Chiles

Perfect between two slices of bread or on it's own, this slow-cooker pulled pork is infused with a splash of beer and gets a savory crunch from fried shallots and chilies.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork with Fried Shallots and Chiles

Beef Bourguignon

The meat in this traditional French stew is simmered in a red wine sauce for over an hour and flavored with bacon, garlic, mushrooms and onions. 

Beef Bourguignon

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