12 Comfort Food Recipes Perfect For Spring

Summer is on its way, but we still have a few chilly nights ahead of us. So, if you’re looking for comfort food meals to warm you up, this is the list of recipes you want. It has comforting casseroles, soups, and pasta. Each recipe is a great option for dinner tonight, and all of them will soothe your soul after a long, chilly day. To round out any of these meals, just add a side salad and some garlic bread or toast for a filling, delicious meal.

1. Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Nothing says comfort food quite like tuna noodle casserole. But is the popular dish really as bad for you as its reputation suggests? Not when you make it with the right ingredients. This delicious comfort food dish will warm your soul as well as your belly.

2. Butternut Squash Risotto

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This Butternut Squash Risotto has the perfect creamy texture and sweet nutty flavor that will make you feel like you’re in a cozy Italian trattoria. Made in one pot, it can be paired with a protein of your choice and roasted veggies for a complete, hearty meal.

3. Lasagna Soup

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A comforting meal should be warm, cozy, and filling. This lasagna soup is the perfect choice. You can make it with any type of pasta you like best and serve it with garlic bread and a salad to complete the meal.

4. Instant Pot Turkey Chili

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This one-pot Dutch oven chili recipe is perfect for busy fall nights. If you want to enjoy a warm and comforting meal, serve this up with a side of cornbread for some extra comfort and coziness. This is a great meal to make for on-purpose leftovers for lunch the next day.

5. Spinach Lentil Soup

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For an especially chilly evening, this spinach lentil soup is just the soup to warm you up fast. It’s hearty, filling, and totally delicious and comforting. It’s the kind of soup where you just want to wrap your chilly fingers around the bowl and breathe in the homey goodness.

6. Dutch Oven Chicken

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Dutch oven recipes are filling and heartwarming. And this Dutch Oven Chicken is no different, which makes it perfect for a comforting fall meal. This recipe creates the most tender and moist chicken you’ll ever have – guaranteed!

7. Chicken and Parsnip Soup

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This Chicken and Parsnip Soup recipe is hearty and filling. It soothes your soul and warms your heart. And it doesn’t scrimp on flavor! Keep this recipe for your fall comfort food craving!

8. Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

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Try this Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore recipe, which is delicious and family-friendly. It is a warm and comforting dinner that the whole family can share on a fall night. Serve it with rice or pasta. Either way, it’s a perfect pairing!

9. Italian Meatballs

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This Italian Meatballs recipe will bring back nostalgic flavors that will warm your heart. It’s a flavor that you probably grew up with, but this recipe elevates that and gives it a healthy and nutritious twist.

10. Quick And Healthy Spaghetti

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If a simple spaghetti dinner sounds like it’ll hit the spot for you or the whole family, nothing beats a simple homemade spaghetti recipe that comes together quickly and is easy to make. Serve it with a green salad and some warm garlic bread to round out the meal.

11. Baked Ziti

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Baked and casserole dishes are a no-brainer for fall because they are easy to make and extra filling. This Baked Ziti recipe is easy to put together when you want a last-minute idea for dinner. And yet it is perfectly delicious and nutritious, too!

12. Easy Black Bean Taco Soup

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Black bean taco soup is a delicious idea for dinner tonight. Ground meat combined with tomatoes, spices, and plenty of black beans make a hearty meal the whole family will love. Top your soup with fresh cilantro or a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt.

Sick Of The Same Ol’ Chicken For Dinner? Here Are 101 New Ways To Make It!

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Having chicken for dinner… again? Here are 101 new ways to level up your dinner game tonight.

Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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Lean ground turkey is a great replacement for ground beef if you are working on your health. Here, we give you 17 Meals with ground turkey that are surprisingly good for you.

While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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