Idiots Guide: All-Time American Comfort Foods

The modern culinary revolution has been a wonderful thing for humanity. However, in many ways it has made food more complicated than it needs to be, and who wants to struggle pronouncing ‘foie gras’? This list is a throwback reminder of the comfort foods that we’ll always love.

#7. Spaghetti & Meatballs

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A simple dish with extraordinary staying power. There’s not many other dishes that can elicit a general feeling of comfort than Spaghetti & Meatballs. The key of course being the quality of the meatballs, and when it’s done well, the love spreads through your soul at record speeds.

#6. Macaroni & Cheese


We love Mac & Cheese. You love Mac & Cheese. Everyone loves Mac & Cheese. Those who don’t love Mac & Cheese probably suffer from some kind of strange ailment not yet known to science. Hell, even the stuff that comes out of a box is often good enough. However, the real deal with luxurious creamy cheese and perfectly cooked noodles? Nirvana on earth.

#5. Meatloaf


Perhaps the bedrock menu item in every diner in America. There’s nothing quite like a plate of ‘home-style’ meatloaf with a side of mashed potatoes, is there? As simple as this dish is, there is an art to doing it exceptionally well. Ask anyone who’s ever had the dry crumbly stuff. However, when it’s prepared masterfully? One of the best of all-time.

#4. Lasagna


Lasagna is just good. Period. Everyone’s mother makes the best. We know this because it’s the longest running rumor in history. It’s also probably true in almost every case, as lasagna is an American comfort food staple. What could be better than a pasta lined sheets that make a pillow filled with luxurious tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, buffalo mozzarella, ground beef, and/or vegetables? Answer: Not much.

#3. Chicken Noodle Soup 

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As sure as the sun rises in the east, and sets in the west, a hot steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup is a staple of home cold/flu remedies. Besides the perceived health benefits, it’s simplicity exudes a culinary elegance that matches the warmth and wonderful feeling it surely provides.

#2. Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

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Yes, this is a sandwich and not a dish. However, is there any food that can best bring out your inner 12 year-old? We contend that it is basically impossible to feel bad when faced with a P,B, & J sandwich (crust optional) and a tall glass of milk. It’s just so very good!

#1. Chicken Pot Pie

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What can we say? There is something about a homemade Chicken Pot Pie that heals the soul in profound ways. A soft flaky crust with creamy vegetable and chicken goodness tucked nicely inside is the stuff of culinary heaven. In fact, heaven just won’t be heaven without it!




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