Quick family comfort food recipes

Try quick classic comfort food recipes the whole family will love, from speedy creamy pasta bakes to no-fuss fajitas with all the trimmings.

Sausage & mash with veg

When you're cooking a family meal after a busy day at work, you need it to be quick and comforting whether it's a steaming bowl of creamy pasta, or classic sausage & mash. So, forget slaving away in the kitchen – we've come up with recipes that take 20 minutes or less to make and plate.

If you're craving something that's wholesome as well as hearty, our healthy comfort food recipes are full of flavour and nutritional benefits.

Baked eggs with spinach & tomato

Baked eggs with spinach and crusty bread
What could be more comforting than a runny yolk? This healthy dish with baked eggs and a hearty tomato sauce is ideal for chilly evenings. Throw your four ingredients together and voila, a rustic dish that's full of flavour. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.

Gnocchi with creamy tomato & spinach sauce

Gnocchi with creamy tomato sauce and parmesan
A creamy and comforting midweek meal you can make with mostly storecupboard ingredients. We love a simple veggie option and this tomato & spinach gnocchi is our idea of heaven. Switch out your pasta for these delicious potato dumplings. 

Blackened salmon fajitas

Salmon fajitas with guacamole on board with fork
Presenting a quick-fix Tex-Mex you can make with just five ingredients. Give your standard salmon a flavour boost with fajita seasoning and a super speedy guacamole. Add any tasty extras you like such as salsa, soured cream or zesty salads. Get everyone to tuck in and assemble their own just how they like them. 

Tangy turkey sloppy joes

Sloppy joes with slaw
Take a virtual trip across the Atlantic with our American-style sandwiches and crunchy slaw. Moreish low-fat mince patties boast a variety of spices and sauces to create a real flavour hit that will go down well with kids, especially. Adjust the spice level to taste, either amping up or leaving out the smoked paprika. 

Two-step carbonara

Two-step carbonara in bowl
It doesn't get much easier than this pasta classic that uses dried pancetta, garlic and plenty of spaghetti. Ready in 14 minutes, this is the ultimate quick comfort food to please a crowd. Serve with parmesan for sprinkling.

Fiorentina baked pasta

Baked pasta with mushrooms
A good pasta bake is the archetypal comfort food you can throw together with minimal fuss. This veggie Fiorentina bake is as simple as chopping some fresh mushrooms, cooking up some pasta and using a ready-made cheesy sauce. We can't think of anything more comforting than a bubbling, golden brown bowl of pasta. 

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22nd Nov, 2017
Our favourite family comfort food is a big plate of what we just call spaghetti. It is a sauce made with onions garlic tomato puree and milk , then toss in wholewheat (spelt) spaghetti, put in ovenproof dish and top with grated cheese. Grill or bake in the oven until the top is crispy . Serve on its own or with a crispy green salad
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