Our 12 Most Popular Comfort Food Recipes of 2022

published Dec 24, 2022
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A photo of a square dish of baked eggplant casserole, that looks similar to lasagna, with fresh basil leaves on top.
Credit: Laura Rege

According to you (and us!), 2022 was another big year for comfort food recipes. Because after a long day, nothing beats jumping on the couch, queueing up your favorite show, and tucking into a piping-hot meal. There’s no clear-cut way to define this group of dishes, but one thing is for certain: Comfort food will always make you feel warm and snuggly from the inside out. Every bite relaxes you into a state of grace, and with all the heaviness life throws at us on the regular, it’s little luxuries like good food that fuel and encourage us to power on. Gooey cheese dips, soups loaded with veggies and chicken, and hearty breads are some examples of this year’s big hits.

Ready to get cozy? Here’s a look back at the 12 most popular comfort food recipes we published in 2022.

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Potato Dumplings
These German potato dumplings are a comforting alternative to mashed potatoes.
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Pasta al Forno

Everyone needs a back-pocket baked pasta (say that three times!), and in 2022, this was ours. Rigatoni joins forces with pockets of melty mozzarella and crumbles of juicy Italian sausage.

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Scotch Eggs

A Scotch egg has a nourishing, savory interior with a surprisingly crisp and airy exterior. The meat-wrapped boiled eggs seem like they would be heavy, but they're actually very light on the palate and still 100% comforting.

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Vegetarian Mushroom Stew

This stew features a hearty mix of mushrooms, nutty chickpeas, and greens in a thick and creamy coconut and tomato broth.

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Eggplant Casserole

With layers of herbed ricotta cheese, quick homemade marinara, meaty (yet super-creamy and tender) eggplant, and a gooey, cheesy top, this eggplant casserole is like big, warm blanket.

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Oatmeal Bread

This easy quick bread is very hands-off after 15 minutes of prep, and each bite is reminiscent of a hearty bowl of warm oatmeal.

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Black Bottom Cupcakes

A chocolate chip-studded cream cheese filling is what put us onto these positively dreamy chocolate cupcakes.

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Korean Corn Cheese Dip

This gooey, sweet-meets-salty dip comes together in less than 30 minutes. Tuck in with tortilla chips.

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Cottage Pie

The ultimate British comfort food, cottage pie is made with ground beef and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes.

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Griddled Rice Cakes with Furikake

Crispy griddled rice cakes are the easiest and one of the most comforting ways to use up leftover rice. Pat sticky sushi rice into patties and griddle them until they’re toasty and crisp, then serve with soy sauce or a big sprinkle of furikake.

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Chicken and "Clunkers" Soup

This weeknight feel-good recipe starts with boxed chicken broth and a rotisserie chicken for ease and convenience.

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Buttermilk Biscuits

Kate Wood's classic buttermilk biscuits from her book, Her Daily Bread: Inspired Words and Recipes to Feast on All Year Long, were a huge comfort-food hit once we shared it this year. This recipe can easily be doubled, and, once baked, can be frozen for enjoying at a later time. In other words, you're never too far from a warm biscuit or five.

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