Comfort Food Classics

Try our best soul-satisfying dishes, from meatloaf to casseroles to homemade cookies.

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Italian Chicken Soup With "Toasted" Parmesan Gnocchi

Alex adds homemade gnocchi to chicken soup for an Italian twist on a comforting classic.

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Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

For a quick weeknight dinner, try Giada's easy recipe for center-cut pork chops that are encrusted in Italian-style breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.

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The Best Chicken-Fried Steak

A staple throughout Texas, chicken-fried steak consists of a thinly pounded beef cutlet that is battered and fried until crisp, then served with creamy country gravy. What's not to love?

Get the Recipe: The Best Chicken-Fried Steak

Spaghetti Carbonara

You likely have most of the ingredients for this creamy Italian pasta dish on hand: eggs, spaghetti, Parmesan cheese and bacon. Add more flavor with a little smoky cognac or brandy and spicy slices of jalapeno.

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Sandra's Beanless Beef Chili

This meaty chili cooks away in a slow cooker for extra convenience.

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Chicken-and-Dumpling Soup

Michael Symon's soup features a whole slow-simmered chicken, an array of root vegetables and his homemade dumplings.

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Perfect Pot Roast

This down-home classic pot roast recipe is sure to produce tender, juicy beef.

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Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Malted milk powder is the secret ingredient in The Pioneer Woman's classic chocolate chip cookies.

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Chicken Fried Steak With Gravy

For this homey classic, Ree Drummond breads and fries steak until it's nice and crispy, then smothers it in creamy homemade gravy.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

The Pioneer Woman's homemade version of this classic soup is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

Ina Garten spices this cozy soup with saffron to stand up to the flavor of the Gruyere croutons.

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Pork Chops With Mushroom Gravy

Use low-fat sour cream to thicken the gravy and leftover pork juices to enhance the overall flavor.

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Shrimp and Grits

The secret to these grits is paying attention when beginning to cook them in order to get the lumps out.

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Dressed-Up Bacon Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is already a beloved comfort food, but the bacon, breadcrumb and scallion topping on this version makes it extra special.

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1770 House Meatloaf

Ina Garten has dined so many times at the 1770 House in East Hampton, N.Y., that they gave her the recipe for one of her favorite comfort foods.

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Chicken-Fried Steak With Cream

Dredge pounded steak in a flour mixture before deep-frying it to a golden-brown. Drizzle the fried steak with gravy and top with scallions.

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Bacon-Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

These spuds feature not only cheddar cheese, but bacon as well — a double dose of comfort packed into creamy goodness.

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Chicken Parmesan

This classic comfort food is ready in under an hour.

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Chicken Potpie With Cheddar Crust

Grated sharp cheddar cheese is the secret to this flaky crust that encases creamy chicken and vegetables.

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Saffron Risotto With Butternut Squash

Ina adds roasted squash and Parmesan cheese to a risotto that's filled with pancetta, shallots and saffron threads.

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Oreo Cookies

Our version of the classic Oreo cookie pays homage to everyone's favorite after-school snack. Just like the original, they're delicious dipped in a glass of ice-cold milk.

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Slow Cooker Short Ribs

The rich flavor of short ribs melds with root veggies and herbs in Sandra's truly comforting dish.

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Beef Stroganoff

With top sirloin roast as its base, Claire's Stroganoff recipe achieves a tender beefy flavor with only 5 ingredients.

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Mac and Cheese Soup

You can't go wrong with this twist on a classic. Serve it with a crusty baguette topped with tomato.

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Buffalo-Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

This surprising dish combines the flavors of Buffalo chicken wings and cool blue cheese dip with classic creamy macaroni and cheese.

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Beer-Braised Chicken

For this hearty dinner, chicken is seared in oil and bacon fat, then simmered in beer until tender.

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Patty Melts

Top turkey and beef patties with sauteed onions, mushrooms and melty Swiss cheese, then sandwich them between 2 slices of grilled-to-perfection multigrain bread.

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Sausage and Vegetable Stew

This stick-to-your-ribs stew is perfect for a chilly winter day. Kielbasa gives the stew a smoky flavor, and lots of chunky vegetables make it hearty enough for a 1-pot meal.

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Shrimp Scampi Over Pesto Couscous

Sandra brings a bright and playful twist to this classic go-to comfort food by replacing pasta with couscous and pesto.

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Twice Cooked Turkey Meatloaf

Claire's meatloaf not only has all the expected comforting flavors, but also extra texture from her searing technique.

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Bacon-and-Egg Soup

Bacon and eggs make the perfect breakfast combination, but now they can grace your dinner table, too. Poach eggs in bacon-infused broth, then serve with crispy, crusty croutons and fresh parsley.

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Pulled Pork Sliders With Mustard BBQ Sauce and Pickled Onions

Sandra's condiments add a flavor punch to these cute pulled pork sliders.

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