Comfort food is both universal and specific. Particular dishes connect us to our memories, family, culture, and community. We picked a few favorites that always manage to make us feel a little better. We hope you take a moment to slow down and enjoy a nourishing bowl of congee, some plump and pillowy tortellini, a really good chocolate chip cookie—or anything that warms you.
It doesn’t get more comforting than congee. This is our take on the Chinese rice porridge (you’ll see versions of it in many Asian countries). Don’t skip the crispy shallots—in fact, make extra, because you’ll want to sprinkle them on everything.
Gluten-Free Mac ’n’ Cheese
Finding a good gluten-free version of mac ’n’ cheese can be tough. In this recipe, we use brown rice pasta instead of wheat, and arrowroot powder to thicken the cheese sauce. It’s delicious.
Cooks slowly and gets a deep, layered flavor. You won’t miss the red meat at all. It also keeps well in the fridge.
Three-Cheese Tortellini en Brodo
You may have dreams after about a warm bowl of aromatic broth filled with pillowy cheese tortellini. The tender pasta dough, creamy ricotta, garlicky broth, and salty Parmesan combine to make an incredible bite.
Crockpot Green Chicken Pozole
Simultaneously light and comforting, this Mexican stew is great for lunch or dinner any time of year. The spice is pretty subtle, but if you’re making it for little kids, you may want to cut back to one jalapeño.
Crockpot Chana Masala
We like this Indian-inspired vegetarian chickpea dish for a family dinner. It’s easy to prepare, the ingredients don’t break the bank, and it’s packed with protein, fiber, and iron (if you add the spinach).
Matcha Ice Cream
If you like matcha, you’ll love this creamy treat. It’s made with a classic custard base and sweetened with coconut sugar.
Crockpot Apple Cobbler
A cobbler in the crockpot may sound odd, but this dessert will make you a believer. And the crispy edges, buttery cobbler topping, and subtly sweet apple filling just might make this your new favorite fall dessert.