Round Up of Our Favourite Comfort Food Recipes

Words: Tam Selley

Welcome to mid-winter everybody. It’s a tough time of the year. The weather has started dampening the mood and sometimes even the warmest of blanky’s, beanies, jackets and hot water bottles don’t bring us the internal warmth that summer has to offer. We, however, find solace in the soothing reminder of warm hearty comfort food that we can curl up on the couch with and give the weather outside the middle finger. We round up some of our ultimate comfort food recipes to help keep you going the rest of this chilly season.

Our Ultimate Comfort Food Recipes

Hearty Soups

Creamy Red Pepper Soup

You say cheese, we say yes please. Every time. Almost everything in the world can be fixed with a good helping of melted cheese. This creamy red pepper soup is decadently rich with the addition of melted Brie.

Recipe for Creamy Red Pepper Soup

Hungarian Goulash soup with homemade dumplings

If you’ve ever had the fortune of spending time in Europe during winter, you’ll know that Goulash is a staple meal item around this time due to its downright delicious and warming nature. This slow-cooked gorgeous goulash is beaming with meaty flaves and you don’t have to travel across the globe to savour it.

Recipe for Hungarian Goulash Soup

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

You can’t really have the phrase ‘comfort food recipes’ without chicken noodle soup. It’s basically the common tongue for comfort food, used all around the globe for its magical healing properties – or just because it makes you feel so damn happy. This Asian twist on the Western classic is packed with umami flavour and slurpable noods.

Recipe for Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

Thick Pumpkin Soup with Blue Cheese Crumbs

Here in SA, the quintessential winter soup is definitely a good ol’ butternut. We vamp up this traditional soup by switching our nutterbuts with pumpkin, and add in some blue cheese crumbs and sage to complement our sweet ‘n smooth pumpkin.

Recipe for Pumpkin Soup with Blue Cheese Crumbs


Comforting Currys

Lamb Rogan Josh

These unbelievably tender Rogan Josh spiced lamb shanks will be the best shanks you’ve ever had. The juicy fall-apart lamb and layers of spicy fragrant yoghurt will have you smiling from ear to ear.

Recipe for Lamb Rogan Josh

Chicken Korma Bunny Chows

Whoever invented the bunny chow is our hero. It doesn’t get more satisfying than filling your tum with a spicy warm curry housed inside a quarter loaf of soft bread, does it?

Recipe for Chicken Korma Bunny Chows

Aloo Gobi

This potato and cauliflower curry is spicy, savoury and satisfying. One of our favourite vegetarian curries!

Recipe for Aloo Gobi

Thai Green Chicken Curry

This is the kind of curry you can make over and over again and it just never gets old. A classic, light, coconut-based curry with homemade Thai green curry paste.

Recipe for Thai Green Chicken Curry


Perfect Pies

Beef Short Rib Pie

This pretty pastry is filled wall-to-wall with tender shredded meat and topped with thinly sliced ’tatoes for a something a lil’ different.

Recipe for Beef Short Rib Pie

Cottage Pie

Growing up, cottage pie was a weekly household menu item during the cold winter months. This recipe mixes up the classic mince-and-peas filler and replaces it with a steak, kidney, silky onions and yummy mushroom filling, housed beneath a buttery potato crust.

Recipe for Cottage Pie

Country Pumpkin Pie

Although this is more of an American classic, it’s still an absolutely bang-on comfort food favourite. Sweet pumpkin pie encased in a coconut crust, topped with crispy salty bacon and crunchy pecan nut brittle, drizzled with sweet maple syrup mmmm… staaahp.

Recipe for Country Pumpkin Pie

Mississippi Mud Pie

Can I have some chocolate with my chocolate please? Okay, we’re thinking that our American friends know a thing or two about making some sweet-ass pies and inspired us to make our own version. This bad boy is literally drenched in all the variations of chocolate you can dream of.

Recipe for Mississippi Mud Pie


Slow Cooks

Slow Cooked Ragu

Ragu is right up there on our list of ultimate comfort food recipes. It takes a lot of time and effort to make this smashing dish, but Rome wasn’t built in day – this ragu can be though. Slow cooking your meat yields that melt-in-your-mouth result and heaps of flavour.

Recipe for Slow Cooked Ragu

Braised Beef Shin

This whole-braised beef shin will probably change your life. You can thank us after you’ve reaped the rewards for your time and effort and we’ll say you’re welcome. Accompanied with a groovy gravy and the most delish crunchy potatoes in all the land.

Recipe for Braised Beef Shin

Slow Braised Oxtail in Orange Fennel & Thyme

We honestly love anything that is cooked with red vino, so it’s no surprise that we drool over this oxtail slow-cooked in red wine with subtle citrus notes and thyme. Another homely classic.

Recipe for Slow Braised Oxtail

Chipotle Beef Brisket on Cheddar Biscuits

This slow-cooked beef brisket is the jaw-dropping kinda stuff, and the Southern-style mature cheddar buttermilk biscuit that sandwiches this brisket is to-die-for.

Recipe for Chipotle Beef Brisket on Cheddar Biscuits


Real Good Roasts

Simple Roast Chicken

A roast chicky is one of the easiest and most comforting meals that you can make. This is our humble yet delicious simple roast chicken recipe – comfort food at its best.

Recipe for Simple Roast Chicken

Roast Lamb Greek Style

This Greek style leg of lamb is juicy, tender and full of herby flavour. One of our favourite roasts to make!

Recipe for Greek Style Roast Lamb

Roast Pork Belly

Pork belly is undoubtedly our go-to roast. The soft flavourful meat paired with crispy crackling is the stuff dreams are made of. This pork belly roast is flavoured with sage, a combo that was just meant to be.

Recipe for Roast Pork Belly

Roast Bone Marrow

This probably wouldn’t be the first thing to come to mind when the the word ‘roast’ arises, but man-oh-man is this a comforting snack!

Recipe for Roast Bone Marrow


Other Classic Comfort Food Recipes

Mac ’n Cheese

Our comfort food recipes list would not be complete without a good old mac ’n cheese. This past-time favourite is really just a hug in a bowl. Our mac ‘n cheese is simple yet filled with all the creamy and tasty good stuff, topped with a Parmesan gratin.

Recipe for Mac ‘n Cheese

Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles

This combo of spicy crispy chicken accompanied by sweet pillowy waffles is really just life-changing stuff to be honest.

Recipe for Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles

comfort food recipes

Pan fried Toasted Cheese Sandwich

This is the ultimate toasted cheese sarmie. Making your toastie on a pan slathered in butter is pretty mandatory, but swapping your store-packaged bread for fresh sourdough and opting to mix up your cheeses is the way forward.

Recipe for Pan fried Toasted Cheese Sandwich

White Chocolate Pecan Bread & Butter Pudding with Marshmallow Sauce

Our bread and butter pud is kitted out with all the extra sweet and sassy goodness. We lose the bread and make ours with buttery croissants, and dress it up with pecan nuts, white chocolate and marshmallow sauce.

Recipe for White Chocolate Pecan Bread & Butter Pudding

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