Quick Comfort Food Recipes That Make Delicious Dinners

Dig into your favorite foods—fast!—thanks to our quick comfort food recipes. These recipes result in rich, hearty flavors but require you to spend surprisingly little time waiting for them to cook on the stovetop or in the oven. How is that possible, you ask? We used some of our favorite culinary tricks to streamline classic recipes and speed things up in the kitchen without sacrificing any flavor. In the process we created some new classic dishes, like the Pork-Meatball Skillet Bake, shown here. Weekday or weekend, these quick meals are sure to satisfy even the heartiest cravings.

Individual portions of mouthwatering chicken pot pie and enchiladas speed up the baking time and let everyone have their own fair share. Chicken cutlets and the broiler turn Chicken Parmesan into an easy weeknight dinner. Plus, we included a freeze-ahead component for chicken Parm on the fly. Cutlets in general lend themselves to quick dinners because they cook so fast; we make a tasty version of chicken and waffles in 30 minutes flat with their help. We also put cutlets to good use in a crowd-pleasing spinach and artichoke dip-inspired dish that makes for another satisfying and speedy chicken dinner.

Classic goulash takes two hours or more to tenderize the meat and build flavor, but our beef goulash is done in just 30 minutes thanks to quick-cooking, juicy skirt steak. And you can go ahead and forget about instant mac and cheese—you won’t crave anything else after trying our Test Kitchen’s Favorite Mac and Cheese recipe. Other winners? Our orange pork, which features flavor-packed ingredients and a quick cooking time, and our lentil soup with shiitake mushrooms. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for a burger that mimics fast food and burger hand pies, another innovative spin on classic comfort good.

When it comes to getting dinner on the table fast, we always have you covered, but these recipes are extra special because they are sure to warm you from the inside out, even on the coldest winter nights.

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