Whether you’ve been working non-stop, the weather has you down, or you just need some warmth and comfort any time of year, Italian food is the perfect choice. The term comfort food first appeared in the 1960s in an article published by the Palm Beach Post.
Here is the excerpt: “Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food‘—food associated with the security of childhood, like mother’s poached egg or famous chicken soup.”
Whether you grew up eating Italian food or not, chances are you love at least one of these Italian comfort foods on our list.
Read on to discover the five best Italian dishes for “comfort food”.
This hearty, filling meal can be stuffed with extras that really make it a personalized comfort food. Besides the basic ingredients of lasagna noodles, cheese and tomato sauce, you can add mushrooms, vegetables, and meats like sausage and ground beef. Top it off with a yummy salad with spicy Italian dressing.
2. Spaghetti and Meatballs
This classic recipe is served all over the world and most of us have grown up eating it. Spaghetti is a warm, filling meal that pairs great with meatballs and a loaf of buttered bread. Help yourself to seconds and even thirds but don’t forget to save room for dessert.
3. Stuffed Shells
This recipe may take a bit of time to make, but it’s worth it. Stuff the shells with a mixture of ricotta and parmesan cheese along fresh parsley. Drizzle with yummy tomato sauce and savor any leftovers for days. This is one recipe that tastes better and better from day one to day three.
4. Stuffed Manicotti
The cousin of stuffed shells, manicotti has a very different taste and texture due to the shape of the pasta. Stuff your manicotti just as you would your stuffed shells and pour over your homemade spaghetti sauce. Refrigerate the leftovers for yummy comfort food any time of the day.
A hearty soup is always good comfort food and minestrone soup is no exception. It’s packed full of deliciousness with beans, pasta, vegetables, and more. Make it from scratch at home in the crock pot and pair it with crusty bread. Offer a bowl to your neighbor. You just never know when someone else needs some Italian comfort food.