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How many memories can be unlocked by tasteful food? How many of us think about warm Sundays at our grandma’s house and the aroma of freshly baked pie? Or perhaps it’s the memory of gathering around the dinner table with family and friends for a holiday feast, the comforting scent of roasting turkey filling the air. Food is more than just a human need – it’s the connection to our dearest memories and cherished occasions. Food serves as a love language, capable of bringing the most special moments of our lives.

Whether it’s from our childhood or a place with homestyle cooking, comfort food recipes often are simple and traditional, yet are full of love. The mood-lifting properties of comfort foods are undeniably real, don’t you think? So, with joy in mind, we’ve handpicked a selection of tradional recipes to transport you back to your favorite memories. Bring your cutlery and let’s start! But before getting to the recipes…

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Now, let’s go to the recipes!

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

It is impossible to not think about a hot bowl of grandma’s chicken noodle soup – especially if you’re coming down with something. Picture tender chunks of chicken, hearty vegetables, and perfectly cooked noodles, all mixed in a rich and flavorful broth.


  • Chicken (preferably bone-in for added flavor)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chicken broth
  • Egg noodles
  • Salt and pepper
  • Herbs (such as thyme or parsley) for garnish

Start by cooking chicken in broth until it’s tender, then shred it up. Next, add some diced carrots, celery, onion, and garlic to the pot, and let everything simmer together until the vegetables are nice and soft. While that’s cooking, prepare some egg noodles separately, and once ready, add them to the soup.

Finally, season everything with a bit of salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs – and don’t forget to add a little love for extra flavor! Enjoy your delicious homemade chicken noodle soup.

2. Fettuccine Alfredo

Our inner child must be buzzing. This special dish is surely enjoyable for creamy sauce lovers, even the pickiest people love this – I mean, you really can’t go wrong with pasta, cream, and cheese. Right?


  • Fettuccine pasta
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Begin by cooking the fettuccine until it reaches the perfect al dente texture. While the pasta is cooking, take a separate pan and melt some butter along with minced garlic. Once the butter is melted and aromatic, pour in some heavy cream and let it simmer until it thickens up nicely.

After the cream has thickened, stir in a generous amount of Parmesan cheese until it’s completely melted and incorporated into the sauce. Once the sauce is ready, toss the cooked fettuccine in it until each strand is perfectly coated! Mamma mia!

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3. Irish Mashed Potatoes 

If you’re crazy for mashed potatoes, this recipe is for you. Colcannon, a traditional Irish dish, puts a delightful spin on mashed potatoes, bringing a truly new experience to your table.


  • Potatoes
  • Cabbage or kale
  • Butter
  • Milk or cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: green onions or chives for garnish

Start by chopping your potatoes into chunks. Then, boil them in a pot of salted water until they’re tender. While the potatoes are boiling, finely chop some cabbage or kale and sauté them in butter until they’re soft and wilted. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them and return them to the pot. Add a generous amount of butter and a splash of milk or cream to the potatoes, then mash them until they’re smooth and creamy.

Next, stir in the cooked cabbage or kale until it’s evenly distributed throughout the mashed potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy it!

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4. Butternut Squash Soup

Looking for an easy weeknight dinner both comforting and budget-friendly? Serve it alongside some crusty bread for a complete meal that’s sure to warm you up from the inside out.


  • Butternut squash
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Vegetable broth
  • Heavy cream or coconut milk (for creaminess)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional spices (such as nutmeg or cinnamon)

To make a delicious butternut squash soup, start by roasting chunks of butternut squash, onion, and garlic until they are tender and caramelized. Once roasted, blend the vegetables with vegetable broth until smooth, creating a velvety texture. For added creaminess, stir in some heavy cream or coconut milk. Finally, season the soup with salt, pepper, and optional spices like nutmeg. Enjoy this comforting soup on a chilly day!

5. Apple Pie 

No list of comfort foods would be complete without a classic apple pie. This timeless dessert features a flaky, buttery crust filled with tender apples that have been seasoned with brown sugar and cinnamon. 


  • Pie crust (store-bought or homemade)
  • Apples (such as Granny Smith or Honeycrisp)
  • Sugar (both granulated and brown)
  • Flour (to thicken the filling)
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon juice
  • Butter

Start with preparing your pie crust and lining a pie dish with it. Next, toss sliced apples with sugar, flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice until well coated. Then, fill the pie crust with the apple mixture and dot it with butter for added richness. Cover the pie with a second pie crust or lattice top, sealing the edges. Finally, bake the pie in the oven until the crust is golden brown and bubbly.

Serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream it’s a must! Besides that, your sweet tooth will thank you later.

The best comfort food in the world is undoubtedly the one that brings back cherished memories and warms the heart. Whether it’s a steaming bowl of grandma’s chicken noodle soup, a creamy plate of fettuccine Alfredo, or a slice of homemade apple pie, comfort food has the remarkable ability to bring feelings of nostalgia and love.

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