Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

Find healthy, delicious comfort food recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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American Goulash

Rating: 4.7 stars
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American goulash, also known as old-fashioned goulash, is the perfect economical family meal. The pasta cooks right in the sauce, so this satisfying dish can cook in just one pot.

Creamy Mushroom, Chicken & Asparagus Bake

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This comforting weeknight casserole recipe features plenty of mushrooms and asparagus combined with chicken and brown rice and a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce. Whip this up anytime you have leftover chicken or cooked brown rice to spare.

Lemony Linguine with Spring Vegetables

Rating: 3.67 stars
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Instead of cooking pasta in a huge pot of water, here we use just 3 1/2 cups for this one-pot pasta recipe. When the pasta is al dente, most of the water has evaporated and the bit that's left is thickened with the starch that cooks off the pasta. With just a few add-ins like lemon and Parmesan cheese you have a delicious silky sauce. Want to use up your veggie stash in the freezer? Swap in 8 ounces frozen spinach for fresh.

Creamy Chicken, Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms One-Pot Pasta

Rating: 3.7 stars
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You'll only have to dirty one pot in this easy pasta recipe that cooks chicken and vegetables right along with the noodles. Plus, by using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta, the starch that usually gets drained off with your pasta water stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results.

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Penne with Pesto and Spinach

Fresh pesto brilliantly compliments the lemon and garlic flavors of this juicy chicken dinner.

Chicken & Broccoli Casserole

Rating: 3.29 stars
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This one-pan chicken-and-broccoli recipe comes out of the oven all browned, cheesy and bubbling like a casserole, but is really prepared more like a skillet meal on the stovetop. Serve with a crunchy green salad.

Chicken & Spinach Soup with Fresh Pesto

Rating: 4.83 stars
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This fragrant, Italian-flavored soup takes advantage of quick-cooking ingredients--boneless, skinless chicken breast, bagged baby spinach and canned beans. It features a simple homemade basil pesto swirled in at the end to add a fresh herb flavor. If you are very pressed for time, you can substitute 3 to 4 tablespoons of a store-bought basil pesto. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

Rating: 5 stars
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One sheet pan is all you'll need to whip up these zesty chicken fajitas. They're quick and easy to make and cleanup is even faster!

Muffin-Tin Quiches with Smoked Cheddar & Potato

Rating: 4.61 stars
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Potatoes, cheese and greens make this mini quiche recipe delicious and satisfying. Bake up a batch over the weekend and you'll have breakfast available in a hurry for the rest of the week.

One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Rating: 4.56 stars
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This chicken Parmesan pasta uses the one-pot pasta method to cook your noodles, chicken and sauce all in one skillet for a fast and easy dinner with minimal cleanup. Finish the dish under the broiler to achieve a delicious melted cheese crust.

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing

Rating: 4.43 stars
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Hearty yet simple to prepare, this stuffed sweet potato with black beans, kale and hummus dressing is a fantastic 5-ingredient lunch for one!

Firehouse Enchiladas

Rating: 4 stars
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Our take on this popular Mexican dish certainly does not disappoint. Packed with protein and easy to make, this recipe is the perfect dinner solution.
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Inspiration and Ideas

25 Comfort Food Recipes For When You Need a Giant Hug

Whether it’s been a rainy day or a long week at work, these comfort food recipes are here for you. Classic dishes like Mac & Cheese and Skillet Ravioli Lasagna are cheesy and delicious. Meanwhile desserts like Mug Brownie and EatingWell’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are ooey, gooey and full of chocolate. So when you need a dish that’ll leave you feeling warm and full, these recipes are the ultimate comfort.

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.02 stars
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Sliced Brussels sprouts and mushrooms cook quickly and cling to the pasta in our fall version of pasta primavera. Look for presliced mushrooms to cut prep time. Serve with a tossed salad.