4 Fresh Takes on Traditional Comfort Food

Families often have favorite dishes that they eat over and over again. Sometimes, though, it’s fun to get some new dinnertime ideas that put a twist on traditional comfort food. Whether it is a surprising ingredient substitution or a reimagining of a dish in another context, each of these ideas provides a fresh take on an old favorite.

  1. Weekday version of holiday dinner: A holiday spread with meat, stuffing, and casseroles is a classic comfort food, but it’s not realistic to spend hours preparing a typical weekday dinner. Try an easy version using pork chops, which are a surprisingly versatile protein. Just prepare a box of STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix while searing the pork chops on both sides. Then put the pork chops in a baking dish, spread some cream of mushroom soup on top of each one, put a dollop of stuffing on top, and bake them until they are cooked through.
  2. Nachos for dinner: Although most people think of a bowl of nachos as an appetizer, you can tweak the recipe to prepare them for dinnertime instead. One simple idea is to make a layered nacho casserole to serve alongside a salad. Prepare a nacho filling of shredded chicken, cooked bell pepper chunks, taco seasoning, and sour cream, and alternately layer it in a casserole dish with tortilla chips and VELVEETA.
  3. Spinach lasagna: While the typical lasagna with meat sauce is a classic Italian favorite, you can make a vegetarian version as a fresh alternative. Assemble a spinach lasagna with the typical noodles and tomato sauce, along with layers of spinach mixed with BREAKSTONE’S Cottage Cheese and KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese. The spinach is a great way to sneak veggies into your kids’ favorite dishes.
  4. Chicken cacciatore: KRAFT Macaroni and Cheese is one of the classic comfort food dishes, but it usually needs to be paired with one or two other dishes to add meat and vegetables for well-rounded meal. Keep dinner simple with a comfort food adaptation that creates a one-pot chicken cacciatore based on macaroni and cheese. It’s an easy dish the whole family can enjoy together.


When you change up your usual dinnertime choices, you can discover delicious adaptations on your favorite recipes. Don’t be afraid to try something new, because you might even discover a recipe that is even more comforting than the dish it was inspired by.