Everyone has at least one special comfort food that they love. Whenever they eat it, it brings them a nostalgic feeling and some sentimental values. Comfort food is loved by everyone all around the world. And you will be surprised after knowing all the different types of comfort foods from all over the world. Every country and every culture have their own staple and value when it comes to food. No matter where you are from, any place has that one specific dish that everyone loves and holds great value for them.
A recipe for any specific comfort food is run down from generation to generation. There might be a dish that your Grandmother used to make that you loved. And she passed that legacy to your mother, and your mother passed down that legacy to you. Food has no boundaries as long as it's good. And when it is a family recipe, you are sure that it will taste amazing and give you a nostalgic feeling to bring back all the sentimental values.
Although there are hundreds of comfort foods around the globe, we have short-listed them to six specific dishes that are very easy to make at home. Even if you are someone who is new in the cooking world, you don’t need to worry. These dishes are super easy to make.
1. Classic Mac ‘n’ Cheese:
Who doesn't love a cheesy bowl of classic mac 'n' cheese? It is the ultimate comfort food. At least once in your lifetime, you must have tried mac 'n' cheese and gotten lost in its cheesy feeling. It is a small bowl of happiness, just waiting to be devoured. All you need to make yourself some classic mac 'n' cheese sauce is 3 tbsp of butter, 2 ½ tbsp of flour, 2 cups of milk, ¼ tsp of garlic powder, 1 cup of cream cheese, 2 cups of shredded cheddar, and mozzarella cheese each, and some reserved pasta water. Mix these ingredients in a pan and make the sauce. When the sauce is done, add 3 cups of boiled elbow macaroni. There you have some good old classic mac 'n' cheese!
2. Homemade Pizza:
Now a homemade pizza might sound complicated and a long process because of its detailed ingredients. But once you make it, there is no turning back. It has to be an amazing comfort food because who doesn't like a good and cheesy pizza. If not homemade, then you can easily order it fresh and enjoy it with a cold beverage. Or you can also buy it frozen and toss it in the oven whenever you like. But if you want to make pizza at home, then you need 2 ½ cups of water, 1 tsp sugar, and 2 tsp of dry yeast for the dough. Mix the ingredients and wait for the yeast to bloom. Then in another bowl, add 7 cups of flour, 1 ½ tsp of salt, 6 tbsps of olive oil, and the yeast mixture. Now combine all the ingredients and knead the dough for 10-15 minutes. Then place the dough in a greased bowl and leave it to rise for about an hour.
Meanwhile, take a can of tomatoes, add 1 tbsp of salt, and blend it until it forms a smooth paste. Now place the dough on a flat surface and cut it in equal four parts and take one and roll it. Then pour some prepared tomato sauce and spread it evenly. Then spread some shredded mozzarella as much as you like (the cheesier, the better!). You can add more ingredients as you desire. Then place the pizza in the oven and bake it for 20-25 minutes. Congratulations, you just made yourself an irresistible pizza!
3. Mashed Potatoes:
Even a child can make mashed potatoes. Okay, don't let the kids in the kitchen. Mashed potatoes are mainly served as side dishes with plenty of dishes, but it should not be a barrier and stop you from making it at home and only munching on it while watching a good movie. Now for some amazing mashed potatoes, you need four boiled potatoes, peel them and mash them until there are no lumps left. Add 3 tbsps of softened butter, 2 tsp of black pepper, salt to taste, ½ cup of cream, and ½ cup of whole milk to the potatoes and mix well. Go ahead and enjoy the creamy mashed potatoes you just made.
4. Grilled Cheese:
Now, this has to be THE easiest recipe for this blog. Grilled cheese can be eaten at any hour of the day. And it also doesn't take that much time to make. From a child to an adult, everyone loves them some good grilled cheese sandwich. Now all you need is bread (of any sort), spread some butter on it on both sides, then on one side add some shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese (as much as you like), then place the other piece over the first one and place it in a non-stick pan and cook it until both sides are golden and the cheese is nicely melted. Voila!
5. Creamy Fajita Pasta:
It's time to spice things up and take it up a notch. Pastas are delicious and fulfilling. Whether you order it from a restaurant or make it at home, it will satisfy your cravings and fulfill your stomach. Fajita is one of the best flavors to try while making pasta. It will not only give it an amazing taste but also leave you wanting more. Now for a delicious and creamy fajita pasta, you need to add oil in a pan and add three breasts of chicken cut into cubes and saute until cooked, then add one sliced green bell pepper, one sliced red bell pepper, one sliced onion, cook it for about a minute or two, then add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 4 cups of milk, and 3 cups of boiled penne pasta. Now mix all these ingredients. Just before serving it, add some shredded mozzarella cheese and give it one more mix. And that's some delicious pasta!
Just the idea of having comfort food brings a little bit of comfort to your soul. Although if you want complete comfort, then you have to make one of these dishes and enjoy it while it lasts.