Best ever comfort food recipes

Our indulgent recipes will see you through to the second half of the week past Hump Day. This is proper comfort food - cheese toasties, mac 'n' cheese, sticky chicken noodles, curry and chocolate cake - enjoy

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Savoury comfort food recipes

Quick mac ’n’ cheese with crispy breadcrumbs

Easy, cheesy comfort and no faffing about making a flour-based roux, this mac ‘n’ cheese is ready in just 25 minutes, perfect midweek comfort food.

Mac ’n’ Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs Recipe

Wild boar sausage toad in the hole

This is a simple twist on a classic – swapping out everyday pork bangers for something a little more adventurous.

Toad in The Hole Recipe With Wild Boar Sausages

Indian nachos

Give this classic cheesy snack an Indian twist with crispy curried chickpeas and minty yogurt sauce.

Indian Nachos Recipe

Lamb hotpot

This warming Lancashire hotpot, with a spring-inspired twist using wild garlic and watercress butter, makes one big hug of a dinner.

A lamb hotpot in a casserole dish with fresh herbs

Mushy pea fish pie

Take your classic fish pie to the next level with our epic recipe complete with a hidden layer of vibrant-green mushy peas buried in the bottom.

Best Fish Pie Recipe with Mushy Peas

Chicken kievs

A classic family favourite made for beating hump day, these tender chicken kievs are unmatched in comfort.

Chicken kiev with chips and greens

Herb and mustard toad in the hole

Check out our epic toad in the hole with mustard, herbs and cumberland sausages. Rosemary and mustard powder give a fancy twist to a traditional toad in the hole. Make sure the baking dish is big enough to hold all the sausages with enough space for the batter to puff up in between.

Toad in The Hole Recipe with Rosemary

Sticky honey and mustard catherine wheel sausage with pears, cobnuts and celeriac mash

Check out this comforting sausage recipe with chipolatas and creamy celeriac mash. It’s not just the name that makes this dish perfect for a bonfire or firework party. The mix of sticky, sweet, savoury and a pop of heat from the mustard is exactly the kind of thing you want to be eating on a cold autumn night – fire blazing, scarves done up tightly and sparklers at the ready.

Catherine Wheel Sausage Recipe with Celeriac Mash

Meatball, sage and squash lasagne

Cooking for a crowd? Make our easy meatball lasagne recipe with sage and squash. This indulgent family recipe makes for a comforting midweek meal during the festive season.

Meatball Lasagne Recipe with Sage and Butternut Squash

Coconut and peanut aubergine curry

This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is vegetarian, under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect comforting meal to make midweek.

Bowl of creamy aubergine curry with a plate of forks and rice at the side

Venison and sloe gin stew with cheesy polenta

Check out our warming stew with venison, sloe gin and cheesy polenta. This rich winter recipe may take a little time, but it’s definitely worth it, a comforting recipe the whole family will love.

Venison Stew Recipe with Sloe Gin and Cheesy Polenta

Greens and gruyère toastie

Check out our quick and easy toast recipe from food writer John Gregory-Smith. This oozy fried cheese sandwich is made using swiss chard, cream and gruyère cheese – the perfect indulgent brunch.

Gruyère Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Meatball and mozzarella pan bake

This easy meatball and mozzarella pan bake is a one-pot that will please everyone. You can’t plate this up politely, so just put it in the middle of the table.

Meatball Recipe With Mozzarella

Chicken kiev katsu curry with quick-pickled veg

Check out our epic chicken kiev recipe where Japanese chicken katsu meets chips ’n’ curry sauce. This indulgent recipe is easy to make and seriously comforting.

Chicken Kiev Recipe with Katsu Curry Sauce

Mac ‘n’ cheese with rich beef ragu

We’ve reinvented a classic mac ‘n’ cheese dish by adding a hidden layer of rich beef ragu to this recipe to make it really special and indulgent. To discover more macaroni cheese recipes, click here. Or take a look at our best ever ragu recipes.

mac 'n' cheese

Sticky lemon and chilli chicken noodles

Recreate a Chinese takeaway at home, with the bonus of knowing exactly what’s in it! This healthy noodle dish has a sticky lemon, chilli and honey sauce with plenty of juicy chicken to keep you going to the weekend.

Smashed burgers with jalapeño rarebit

Rarebit meets nacho cheese in this dirty diner-style burger. Smashing the patties gives you extra crispy edges. Quick, easy and unbelievably indulgent.

Smashed burgers with jalapeño rarebit

Dead good spaghetti carbonara

Creamy, classic carbonara is a sure mid-week pleaser. We love it with parmesan and lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Coddled duck eggs with smoked haddock and spinach

Want more exciting ways to cook eggs? Try our indulgent recipe for rich coddled duck eggs baked with soft smoked haddock and topped with fresh chives.

Coddled Egg Recipe with Duck Eggs and Smoked Haddock

Chicken tikka masala

Britain’s favourite comfort food is a hybrid Indian curry recipe born in the UK. Make sure your chicken gets nicely browned at the edges to add flavour for a fragrant, creamy and delicious tikka masala.

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Smoky sausage and kale pizza

Prepare your dough beforehand to make this easy Brooklyn-style smoky sausage and crispy kale pizza. It’s packed full of flavour and, as soon as your dough is risen and ready, it only takes 45 minutes to bake – perfect mid-week cheesy comfort food!

Smoky Sausage Pizza Recipe With Kale

Full English croissants

Check out our epic breakfast croissant recipe packed with super crispy bacon, baked beans and runny fried eggs. The perfect indulgent treat for all the family.

Croissant Sandwich Recipe with Bacon and Eggs

Fontina, proscuitto and sage-stuffed French toast

The ultimate eggy bread. A delicious toasted cheese sandwich. French toast filled with fontina, sage and prosciutto. Whatever you call it, this is a special comfort food recipe for four.

Sweet comfort food recipes

Luxury hot chocolate with mix ’n’ match toppings

Set up a little table outside with all the toppings, then let people help themselves to create their own take on the ultimate hot chocolate.

Luxury Hot Chocolate Recipe

Toffee apple brioche and butter pudding

Nothing reminds us more of childhood treats and carefree indulgences than crunchy apples lead in rich, sticky toffee. We’ve created a delicious, family favourite fruit pudding. Toffee apple, bread and butter pudding, with extra toffee means this recipe is an easy win for all.

Toffee Apple Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe

Easiest ever chocolate fudge cake

This chocolate fudge cake recipe is super easy and quick to make so it is perfect for when you need to bake a last minute simple yet decadent cake for a special occasion or for a mid-week treat.

Pain au choc bread and butter pudding

This is a real show stopping dessert but it’s incredibly easy to make. You can make this indulgent pud with croissants, but then you’d miss out on that extra chocolate hit. We have plenty more chocolate pudding recipes here.

Pain au chocolat bread and butter pudding

Ginger sticky toffee pudding

Check out these seriously decadent ginger sticky toffee puddings. A dark, rich toffee dessert spiked with fiery ginger – serve with cream, ice cream or custard. They can be made ahead, if you like.

Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding

Whisky and rye salted caramel apple pie

Try Edd Kimber’s indulgent whisky and rye salted caramel apple pie. This apple pie recipe is a great twist on the classic. Whisky is added to the thick and crunchy pastry, and caramel added to the apple filling for a more decadent and grown up taste. Plus, Edd’s step-by-step guide to the perfect lattice crust.

Whisky and Rye Salted Caramel Apple Pie Recipe

Chocolate and burnt butterscotch layer cake

This deliciously indulgent, grown-up chocolate and burnt butterscotch cake looks really impressive and is definitely worth the effort.

burnt butterscotch cake

Peanut butter drizzle pancakes

Covered in a vibrant array of summer fruits and a lip-smacking peanut butter sauce, these light and fluffy pancakes from food writer John Gregory-Smith make a fabulous brunch for two, or dessert for four.

Peanut Butter Pancakes Recipe

Dulce de leche cheesecake 

This recipe for dulce de leche cheesecake comes from Lobos tapas bar in Borough market. It’s feels really indulgent and is the perfect way to end a meal.

Dulce de leche cheesecake

Chocolate-filled donuts with Baileys glaze

These baked chocolate-filled donuts with Baileys glaze are deliciously indulgent. Enjoy them as an afternoon treat with a cup of tea, or serve as a pudding. Baking them avoids the hassle of deep-frying if you’re not confident.

donuts with Baileys glaze

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