Comfort Food Recipes to Soothe Your Body and Soul


There’s nothing quite like the comfort of a homemade meal. Especially during times of stress, it can be so soothing to prepare a dish that is both hearty and soul-satisfying. Today, we will share some of our favorite comfort food recipes with you. From beef stroganoff to French onion soup, we have got you covered! These recipes are all simple enough for anyone to make at home, and they are sure to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. So, let’s get cooking!

Beef stroganoff is sure to be nostalgic for many out there. Families have been eating this favorite, frequently, in large quantities, for decades. The ingredients you will need for beef stroganoff are:

-One pound of beef chuck, trimmed and cut into one-inch cubes (you can also use one pound of ground beef)

-One large onion, diced

-One can of mushrooms, drained

-Two tablespoons of flour

-One teaspoon of salt

-One tablespoon of paprika

-One tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

-One cup of beef broth

-One cup of sour cream

Instructions:

In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the beef cubes in batches over high heat. Once all the beef has been browned, remove from the pot and set aside. Next, add the onion to the pot and cook until softened. Add the mushrooms and cook for an additional few minutes. Stir in the flour, salt, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce. Add the beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and add the beef back into the pot. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until the beef is cooked through. Stir in the sour cream and serve over cooked egg noodles or rice. Enjoy!

Chicken and dumplings are another warm, creamy treat and are quite simple to make with the right fixings. For chicken and dumplings, you will need:

-One whole chicken (3-4 pounds), bone in, cut into eight pieces

-Two large carrots, diced

-Two celery stalks, diced

-One large onion, diced

-One tablespoon of thyme leaves

-One bay leaf

-One teaspoon of salt

-One tablespoon of black pepper

-One cup of all-purpose flour

-Two tablespoons of baking powder

-One cup of milk

-One half stick of butter, melted

Instructions:

Place the chicken pieces in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the carrots, celery, onion, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Pour in enough water and chicken stock to cover the chicken. Poach the chicken in the stock for about 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to low.

Remove the chicken from the pot, take it off the bone, and set aside. Strain the vegetables and return them to the pot. Add more water if necessary. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Add flour to thicken the stock.

For the dumplings, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and milk. Stir in the melted butter until well combined. Drop the dumpling batter by spoonfuls into the simmering soup. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Add the chicken back into the pot and cook for an additional five minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!

French onion soup is a classic for soothing soup lovers and the love that goes into making it is apparent in how it tastes. You will need:

-Six large onions, sliced

-Two tablespoons of butter

-3-4 tablespoons olive oil

-One teaspoon of sugar

-One tablespoon of all-purpose flour

-One teaspoon of salt

-One tablespoon of black pepper

-Eight cups of beef broth

-One cup of dry white wine

-One baguette, sliced into one-inch pieces

-One half pound of Gruyere cheese, shredded

Instructions:

In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and sugar. Cook on low until the onions are golden brown and caramelized, stirring occasionally. This will take about 30 minutes.

Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Cook for one minute. Stir in the beef broth and wine. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and top with the shredded Gruyere cheese. Bake for five to seven minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Ladle the soup into bowls and top with a piece of cheesy toast. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Making comfort food at home is a great way to soothe your body and soul. These three recipes are all hearty, simple to make, and sure to please. So next time you’re feeling down at home, give one of these a try. Your taste buds (and your tummy) will thank you!

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