The Blog

12 Melty, Gooey, Cheesy Recipes That'll Make You Happy

Any way you slice it, cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Whether you melt it in a sandwich, toss it with pasta, or bake it into a dip, you can't help but feel happy when you're eating cheese.
This post was published on the now-closed HuffPost Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email.

Any way you slice it, cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Whether you melt it in a sandwich, toss it with pasta, or bake it into a dip, you can't help but feel happy when you're eating cheese.

2016-10-18-1476755375-617190-BakedBrie.jpg

Thanks to store bought puff pastry, this fancy-looking appetizer is easy to make. It also comes with a most popular person at the party guarantee. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-23-1477223586-1633293-spinachquiche1.jpg

This classic French quiche is made decadent with heavy cream and Gruyère. There's also a good bit of spinach in it, which balances out all that richness and -- dare I say -- makes it just a little bit good for you. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-23-1477222679-4364907-ChipotleChickenQuesadillas.jpg

Crisp tortillas filled with gooey melted cheddar and shredded chicken in a sweet and smoky chipotle sauce -- these are the best quesadillas! The recipe is adapted from the website of Curtis Stone, one of my favorite chefs and cookbook authors. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-23-1477221576-4178864-BakedPennewithSpinachRicotta.jpg

In this quick and easy riff on spinach and ricotta cannelloni, penne pasta is tossed in a creamy spinach, basil and ricotta sauce, topped with cheese, and then baked until gold brown. You can get the pasta in the oven in just 20 minutes; toss a salad while it bakes and dinner is done! GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-18-1476757118-5933914-CheddarIrishBread.jpg

Soda bread is a quick and easy table bread leavened with baking soda instead of yeast. This version is made with extra sharp cheddar, which gives it a crisp golden crust and tender, cheesy interior. The dough takes just 10 minutes to put together and bakes in under an hour -- all the while making the house smell divine. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-23-1477222168-1637693-turkeysausagemeatballs.jpg

Sausage and cheese make these meatballs tender and also add great flavor without the need for a ton of other ingredients. The meatballs are browned under the broiler rather than in a frying pan -- that means no stovetop splatters, and you can get the rest of dinner ready while the meatballs cook. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-23-1477224198-8656859-sausagelasagna.jpg

Made with three types of cheese, a quick sausage bolognese sauce, and no-boil lasagna noodles, this lasagna is a much-requested family favorite at my house. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-23-1477223383-7412664-pestopizza.jpg

These pizzas are covered with a generous layer of pesto before baking, and then topped with more pesto and fresh basil when they came out of the oven. Not only do they taste very "pesto-y," they also look gorgeous. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-23-1477222540-7750126-HamCheeseTailgateSliders.jpg

Perfect for football parties, these Southern-style ham and cheese sliders doused in a tangy butter and mustard sauce feed a crowd, can be made ahead -- and boys love them. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-19-1476837223-3817119-ChiliconQueso.jpg

Skip the Velveeta: from-scratch queso is so much better! This version -- made with jalapeños, Cheddar and Pepper Jack -- is rich, creamy, and dangerously addictive. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-23-1477222972-9469278-buffalochickendip.jpg

This creamy and spicy dip has all the great flavor of Buffalo wings, but without all the mess. Made with a shredded rotisserie chicken, cheddar, and blue cheese, it's a super-easy, super-cheesy appetizer for football season. GET THE RECIPE

2016-10-19-1476837611-7678516-broccolicheesesoup.jpg

Topped with crisp homemade croutons, this creamy broccoli and cheese soup is a hearty meal unto itself. Gruyère cheese gives it a wonderful nutty flavor. GET THE RECIPE