Tuna melt pasta bake

12 healthy comfort food recipes

These recipes will nourish the body as well as the soul, from warming chicken noodle soup to hearty bolognese and takeaway-style curry

Looking for healthy recipes with that comfort factor? Want meals that will nourish and satisfy those cravings? Check out our recipes below, and then have a look at our healthy dinner ideas, healthy slow cooker recipes and healthy one-pot recipes.


Our favourite 11 healthy comfort food recipes

1. Chicken noodle soup

Fry shredded chicken in miso and gochujang and add to this nutritious broth for a gut-friendly meal.

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe with Miso and Chilli

2. Easy baked bolognese sauce

Our all-in-one baked bolognese is super-simple and low in calories, requires very little preparation time, and tastes amazing! A great way to sneak in extra veggies, and perfect for feeding the whole family. Any leftovers can be easily frozen.

Baked bolognese sauce

3. Vegan chilli non carne

This sweet-and-smoky chilli is the epitome of healthy comfort food, providing plenty of satisfying plant protein and fibre from the beans. The tomato sauce is rich in skin-healthy antioxidants and potassium – important for replenishing your salt balance after a workout. It also freezes well, perfect for busier days.

Vegan Chilli Recipe

4. Tomato soup

This filling tomato soup really packs a punch, thanks to all that chipotle paste. Add plenty of fresh ginger for even more warmth.

Tomato, chipotle and rice soup

5. Pork shoulder casserole

Check out our melt-in-the-mouth pork shoulder casserole with mixed beans. This slow-cooker recipe is an easy one-pot to feed a crowd.

Slow Cooked Pork Recipe with Beans

6. Tuna pasta bake

An absolute classic, made even better with the addition of dried chilli flakes and rosemary. It’s a real crowd pleaser!

Tuna melt pasta bake

7. Vegetarian shepherd’s pie 

This recipe for spiced lentil shepherd’s pie is a great veggie version of a classic. It’s ready in 1 hour and is enough to feed the whole family.

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie Recipe With Spiced Lentils

8. Chilli con carne

Our most popular chilli con carne recipe ever, made Tex-Mex-style with aged minced beef, chipotle powder, red wine, 70% dark chocolate and semi-dried tomatoes. Tomatoes offer a skin-healthy dose of the antioxidant lycopene, while the addition of cocoa provides depth of flavour and gut-healthy polyphenols.

Easy Chilli Con Carne Recipe

9. Chicken saag

Packed with fresh red chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cloves and spinach – this recipe proves you can eat your favourite takeaway dishes without compromising on flavour or nutrition. Low in fat and rich in protein, this comforting dish makes for a great Friday night dinner or tasty packed lunch.

Healthy Curry Chicken Saag Recipe

10. Tuscan bean and barley stew

This recipe for Tuscan bean and barley stew is a perfect one to have on hand for a quick midweek meal. It’s ready in 30 minutes, serves four and is under 200 calories. You can use any leafy greens for this, just whatever you have around.

Tuscan Stew Recipe with Beans and Barley

11. Creamy lamb curry

This creamy lamb and tomato curry recipe is a great one to have on hand midweek. It may take a little longer, but it’s totally worth it and it’s really easy. Big flavours, minimal effort – it’s a winner for us!

Creamy lamb and tomato curry

12. Coconut chicken noodle soup

This slurp-able bowl of comforting noodles was inspired by classic Thai red curry. The freshness of the DIY curry paste really sings in this soup, and will help ward off any winter blues.

A bowl of chicken soup in a red-tinged broth with lime on the side