Our 15 all-time favorite comfort foods

Chicken noodle soup

There’s even a line of inspirational books called “Chicken Soup for the Soul” because of the connection to comfort.

Chicken pot pie

 That sounds like a terrible idea for the middle of the work day, but after that long work day  when you just need to feel full, content, and comfortable

Chicken tenders

The progression of breaded chicken pieces as you age from kid to adult starts with dinosaur or other fun-shaped chicken nuggets, then regular chicken nuggets.


One of the best things about chili is that it can be customized based on the eater’s preferences. It can be mild or spicy; made with beef, pork, turkey,or meatless;the bean options are open-ended

Chocolate chip cookies

 It’s one of the first cookies most kids try, and one of the first most people learn how to make. And between a billion similar but slightly different recipes online.

Cinnamon buns

In a classic season 4 episode of “The Simpsons,” Homer sleeps in and, while wrapped up in a cocoon of blankets, utters the phrase: “I’m just a big toasty cinnamon bun.” 


Cornbread has long been a staple in the Southern states, but it was a popular dish in Native American culture way before that. And cornbread isn’t the only cornmeal-based comfort food.


Fries are not healthy. Potatoes are good for you, but there are much healthier ways to eat a potato than deep frying it, adding loads of salt, and dipping it in fatty, sugary, or salty sauces.

Greasy burgers

A cheeseburger doesn’t have to be a ridiculously unhealthy meal. You can top a 90/10 burger with a slice of cheese and wrap a bun around it without blowing through all your calories

Grilled cheese & tomato soup

when it’s cold outside, there’s no better comfort food than grilled cheese and tomato soup. Dipping a griddled, melty sandwich into a creamy bowl of hot pureed tomatoes


They’re basically just boiled cornmeal (cornmeal again?), but are usually mixed with the satisfying flavors of butter, salt, cheese, and/or cream, as well as shrimp,

Ice cream

Ice cream is not only sweet-tasting and pleasing to the taste buds, but eating that many calories at once and not giving a darn about it is an feeling—especially when you’re feeling down.

Mac & cheese

Mac & cheese is a family favorite, a regional and cultural specialty, and a simple dish with an endless amount of variations and personalizations. Hail to the cheese!

Mashed potatoes

Is there a more nostalgic and more holiday-centric side dish than mashed potatoes? Most people even have a style preference based on the kind of mashed potatoes they ate growing up.

Matzo Ball Soup

It has a similar broth as the aforementioned chicken noodle soup, but the matzo balls are made from ground matzo, eggs, water, and oil. Also include chicken soup with dumplings

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