With all of the absolute craziness plaguing (literally) our world right now, it is getting harder and harder to not let it affect our everyday mood. In trying times like these, we could all use some comfort food to lift our spirits.
Personally, when I think of good old fashioned comfort food, my mind goes to cheese, potatoes, pasta, and grease. Basically anything g that will clog an artery or two. Expect a ton of that below! Here are 10 comfort food recipes that are tested and confirmed cures for any sadness the world throws your way!
1. Chicken Noodle Casserole
Chicken Noodle Soup is one of the most famous comfort food recipes to cure a sickness, so why not make it into a full-blown meal to cure sadness? This recipe is fool-proof and will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside with each and every bite. Enjoy this gooey, cheesy, tasty dish that will take you back to your days of laying in bed on a school day watching cartoons while you’re delivered a hot bowl of soup right to your bed.
2. Classic Patty Melt
My go-to meal when I am sad is always some form of a cheeseburger. My favorite kind of cheeseburger is a patty melt. Thy rye bread and the onions transform this classic meal into something of a flavor explosion of great vibes and positive thoughts. Mentally bring yourself to a packed diner (in the pre-Corona era, of course) with 50s music playing in your head like elevator music with each bite. This patty melt recipe has gotten me through some tough times, and costs way less than a therapist! It’s super easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious.
3. Ravioli Lasagna
Nothing makes me feel as safe and secure as a family dinner on Sunday nights with the people I love most in the world gathered around a big pot of sauce with some pasta, bread, and cheese. This Ravioli Lasagna recipe is a staple in my family and truly just tastes like a hug. This comfort food recipe is oozing with cheese and pasta and will definitely make you schedule your next physical after you eat it, but it is totally worth it. Make this plate of tangible love the next time you’re missing home or feeling sad, and put a smile on your face!
4. Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese
Garlic bread and grilled cheese are both powerhouse comfort foods on their own. Imagine how comforted you would feel if you combined them? Try this recipe that is the epitome of comfort food the next time it all just gets to be too much. This takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare and will leave you happy for the rest of the day. Maybe even the rest of your life!
5. Macaroni and Cheese
There’s nothing I crave more after a long day of stress and worry than a heavy bowl and mac and cheese. This recipe is the creamiest, cheesiest recipe I could find, and has been put to the stress test more times than I’d like to admit. This recipe is very easy to make and costs almost nothing. There is nothing that mac and cheese can’t make better, even if it’s just for a moment or two.
6. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Another classic recipe that feels like it’s warming up your insides with every bite is the chocolate chip cookie. each family has their own way of making them, and no recipe is right or wrong. The recipe that I like to use, that warms my soul the most, is the soft batch recipe. A nice, soft chocolate chip cookie after a bowl of mac and cheese sounds absolutely sublime at any time, let alone when you’re not feeling great.
7. Fudge Brownies
This indulgent dessert is another incredibly comforting recipe to treat yourself too on a particularly rough day. I’d even advise skipping dinner and heading straight for these of you’re really in one of those awful moods. These are the richest and gooey brownies I have ever made and no one has ever had anything but a smile on their face while eating them. I find baking very therapeutic when I’m anxious and upset, so this recipe is a win-win for me!
8. Mashed Potatoes
Creamy, buttery mashed potatoes are God’s gift to this earth. It is impossible to turn done mashed potatoes whether you are happy or sad. Nothing soothes the soul quite likes sitting on the couch in front of the television with a bowl of mashed potatoes topped with like 6 sticks of butter and a spoon just eating away your sorrows.
9. Hot Fudge Cake
This is so delicious that you would think it is so hard to make, but it is actually really simple. This dessert is sure to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside if you’re not feeling too great on the outside. Add a scoop of vanilla since cream on top of this while it’s still warm and you’ll scent to heaven instantly.
10. Broccoli Cheddar Soup
This 30-minute broccoli cheddar soup recipe will cure any of your blues with even just the smell it will create in your kitchen! This comfort food recipe is so tasty, rich, and creamy and is super filling. This is my absolute favorite soup recipe and I make it every chance I get! It’s definitely going to take all of your worries away with each spoonful as it warms you from your head to your toes. This soup is a literal bowl of love. Who doesn’t need a little extra love at times like these?