10 Soul-Satisfying Comfort Food Recipes

Searching for some new comforting foods to serve this winter? Look no further, as here are 10 soul-warming dishes to soothe the soul and keep the cold at bay. 

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    Braised Veal Shanks
    Braised Veal Shanks. Getty

    Meaty veal shanks turn meltingly tender when braised slowly in wine and vegetables. Plus they each hold a delectable nugget of marrow in the hollow bone. Serve the shanks over buttered egg noodles or fettuccine and be sure to include a tiny spoon for scooping out the marrow. This is comfort food at its best! 

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    Baked Macaroni and Cheese
    Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Getty

     A true American classic, this recipe for baked macaroni and cheese couldn't be easier or more comforting. It's also a very versatile dish, lending itself to many variations. For example, no reason to stick to elbow macaroni for the recipe, try it with penne, rigatoni or rotini. And you can mix-up the cheese you use, too. How about a mixture of cheddar and Monterrey Jack, or Gruyere and fontina? The variations on the dish are only limited by your imagination.

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    Slow-Cooker Brisket
    Slow-Cooker Brisket. Getty

    Slow-cooker brisket is an incredibly easy way to cook this popular cut of beef. The long, slow braising turns this less expensive, tough cut into a flavorful and tender meal. The chipotle chile powder gives the dish a bit of heat, but it's an optional ingredient. Serve the brisket with mashed or roasted potatoesor buttered egg noodles for a real comfort food dinner 

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    Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
    Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo. Getty

    There are about as many versions of a pot of gumbo as there are cooks who make it, and this is merely one take on the legendary dish. But one thing all good gumbos have in common is a roux - a blend of flour and oil cooked until an amber brown color. The unmistakably rich, nutty flavor that it adds to the soup/stew sets it apart from the ordinary.

    Check out the step-by-step instructions and photos for this gumbo recipe. 

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    Beef Stew
    Beef Stew. Getty

    The best part about this beef stew is that once you put it together, it requires no attention, not even stirring. For a great meal, serve it with some buttered egg noodles.

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    Lamb stew
    Lamb Stew. Getty

    I love this recipe for its hearty flavor and incredibly easy preparation. The beer gives the dish a deep, robust flavor. For the best Irish flavor, use Guinness Stout or another stout. What's more, you can use boneless beef chuck or round stew meat instead of the lamb with equally delicious results. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes, and warm Irish Soda Bread.

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    Turkey Pot Pie
    Turkey Pot Pie. Getty

     Although this dish is called a “pie,” there isn’t any pastry involved. It is simply a mix of ground turkey and vegetables in a sauce with a topping of mashed potatoes. The dish is browned in the oven for a delicious example of comfort food. For a pretty effect, pipe the topping over the filling, using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip.

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    chicken chili
    Chicken Chili. K. Kingsley

    In my opinion, just any time is a good time to eat chili, and this recipe cooks up into a real crowd-pleaser. The addition of orange zest and juice imparts a fresh lively flavor. Serve the chili with lots of toppings for hungry diners to choose from, such as chopped cilantro, sour cream, chopped avocado, shredded cheese, chopped scallions, chopped tomatoes and even some raisins or pine nuts.
     

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    Eggplant Parmesan
    Eggplant Parmesan. Getty

    Many people complain that the eggplant in their eggplant parmigiana turns out soggy and oil soaked. This recipe solves that problem by salting the eggplant ahead of time to draw out the water and leaves the eggplant crisper. 

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    Veal Meatballs
    Veal Meatballs with Tomato-Vegetable Sauce. Getty

    Ground veal gives these meatballs a mild flavor and makes them tender and juicy. Simmered in a tomato-vegetable sauce, these meatballs are good served over pasta and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.