Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), the Danish concept of a cozy sense of being and environment, can be felt in a number of ways — from sitting in a space with lots of candles to snuggling up with a warm blanket — but my favorite way to experience it is through my stomach. It's hard to deny the pleasure of comfort food and just how cozy it can make you feel. Here are 10 of the best ways to get that hygge feeling through food.
A slice of rich, fudgy chocolate cake is sure to put a smile on anyone's face, particularly when it's accompanied by a scoop of ice cream and a big drizzle of melted chocolate.
A good minestrone should make you feel like you pulled up a chair at an Italian nonna's kitchen table and she lovingly served you from a big steaming pot on the stove. This will do that.
When you need to braise something for a few hours, like these short ribs, the only thing that's left to do is curl up on the couch and embrace that hygge feeling.
This simple Roman pasta has all the basic comfort foods covered: eggs, cheese, meat, and most importantly carbs.
Chicken pot pie is always a crowd favorite among comfort food classics, but it can often be time-consuming to prepared. This version takes a few shortcuts in order to get it on the table a whole lot faster.
In just under an hour, six ingredients join forces to make these sweet, decadent buns which are best enjoyed with a big mug of coffee or hot cocoa.
This savory bread pudding is as ooey-gooey as they come, thanks to plenty of ricotta cheese tucked inside. It's a wholesome dish that tastes even more cozy when paired alongside a good glass of wine and friends.
Deep-dish means there's even more saucy, spicy filling tucked underneath the mashed sweet potato topping in this Indian riff on shepherd's pie.
It's hard to resist a creamy bowl of rice pudding. It's one of those desserts (or breakfasts — we're not judging) that you just want to tuck right into.
Help yourself to a big square of this vegetarian lasagna and the instant you stick your fork in it you'll be comforted by all its cheesy, saucy goodness.