Comfort food recipes

If it’s cosy, comforting dishes you’re craving, we’ve got plenty to raise your spirits. Our warming, indulgent comfort food recipes include pies, pasta and classic British puddings.

Comfort food means different things to different people, but one thing it must do is make you feel happier than you did before you ate it. Homecooked dinners can’t be beaten, and whether it’s a best-ever fish pie, chilli con carne, or a good old-fashioned bakery-style vanilla slice that gets your tastebuds tingling, there are tonnes of ideas here for dinners that will bring smiles to all.

We’ve got soul food like fried chicken and waffles, and decadent twists such as a pain au chocolat bread and butter pudding or ‘nduja meatballs. Real treat yourself territory, this. So explore all our comfort food recipes here and bookmark a few for an instant homecooked mood-lift.

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Atul Kochhar’s lamb pepper fry

Lamb curry recipes

Atul Kochhar’s lamb pepper fry

This special Keralan dish is flavoured with curry leaves, cloves and plenty of black pepper. “From Kerala, this curry –...

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Tom Kerridge’s chicken and mushroom pot pies

Chicken pie recipes

Tom Kerridge’s chicken and mushroom pot pies

Chicken pot pies are a British pub grub classic. Who better to show you how to make them than king...

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Anelli alla vodka (vodka spaghetti hoops)

Tomato pasta recipes

Anelli alla vodka (vodka spaghetti hoops)

This is spaghetti hoops – but for grown-ups! Anelli is the Italian word for pasta hoops, and this recipe is...

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Jamaican ginger cake with chocolate ganache and berry coulis

Baking recipes

Jamaican ginger cake with chocolate ganache and berry coulis

Elainea Emmott’s Jamaican ginger cake is the ultimate comfort bake. Team it with simple berry coulis and chocolate ganache for...

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Short rib ragù with pappardelle

Winter pasta recipes

Short rib ragù with pappardelle

A slow-cooked ragù is always a joy to cook – and fills the kitchen with its amazing aroma as it...

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Susuru (udon noodle soup with chicken and sesame)

Noodle recipes

Susuru (udon noodle soup with chicken and sesame)

Chef Masaki Sugisaki’s udon soup is creamy and rich with tahini and layered with umami-rich flavour. A shining example of...

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Wild garlic pesto lasagne

Wild garlic recipes

Wild garlic pesto lasagne

Make the most of seasonal wild garlic with this springtime pesto lasagne. As there’s no heavy ragù to make, it’s...

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Air fryer sweet potato fries

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer sweet potato fries

These air fryer sweet potato fries are an energy efficient way to get perfectly crisp fries without a deep-fat fryer...

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Black and gold cookies

Cookie recipes

Black and gold cookies

Chunks of golden caramelised white chocolate shine through rich dark chocolate dough in these indulgently chewy cookies. Make your own...

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Seafood and spinach pottage with spuds

African recipes

Seafood and spinach pottage with spuds

Lerato Umah-Shaylor shares her recipe for traditional Nigerian yam porridge or pottage (see Know-how, below). Hers is packed with juicy...

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Air fryer baked potatoes

Air fryer recipes

Air fryer baked potatoes

If you like your baked potatoes extra crisp, an air fryer is the way to go – it saves energy...

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Cheddar and chive soufflé

Soufflé recipes

Cheddar and chive soufflé

This cheese soufflé makes an impressive main course for a light, elegant lunch. Simply serve with a green salad. Have...

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Egg zosui (Japanese rice porridge)

Rice recipes

Egg zosui (Japanese rice porridge)

Use up leftover rice in this traditional egg zosui recipe by food writer Aya Nishimura. The Japanese rice porridge or...

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Rhubarb, rose and pistachio crumble

Crumble recipes

Rhubarb, rose and pistachio crumble

Classic rhubarb crumble is taken to new heights with aromatic cardamom, rosewater and an irresistible topping flecked with sesame seeds...

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Rum and raisin spotted dick

Retro puddings

Rum and raisin spotted dick

You can’t get a more traditional British pud than spotted dick – something that’s fallen out of fashion in recent...

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Chocolate parkin with marbled custard

Retro puddings

Chocolate parkin with marbled custard

Sticky Yorkshire parkin is taken to chocolate town with this indulgent bake – but the sauce definitely shares star billing....

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