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Comfort Food Classics

Comfort food cravings grow stronger and stronger as the daylight and temperature outside decrease.
12/09/2014 12:05pm ET | Updated February 8, 2015
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Whether it's built into our brains or something we've created all on our own, comfort food cravings grow stronger and stronger as the daylight and temperature outside decrease.

While there are plenty of naturally warming foods, winter weather makes us crave all things cheesy, gooey, warm, and hearty, which makes comfort food the perfect choice for this week's SWAT (Sharing With A Theme).

We put the Culinary Content Network to the test to come up with a few of their favorite comfort food recipes, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Christine Carlisle of Chew Nibble Nosh pops everything she needs for her Cajun beans and rice in the slow cooker in the morning to come home to the perfect, budget-friendly comfort food.
  • Lauri Yates of Foxes Love Lemons brings us a Mexican pasta bake. It's cheesy and gooey, and everything you want in a winter casserole to help you forget that it's going to be gross outside for the next few months.
  • This week's winner comes from Becky Winkler of A Calculated Whisk. Add sweet potatoes and kale to three-meat chili for a well-rounded, one-bowl meal.

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.

Pasta Bolognese
A classic Italian comfort food for any night of the week. Bolognese sauce can be as simple or as complex as you like, depending on what you have around to toss in. Click here to see the recipe . Photo Credit: © Ana Voloshyna/Divine Cuisine
Beef Pot Pie
Use store-bought puff pastry to top this twist on the traditional pot pie for a cozy weeknight meal. Click here to see the recipe. Photo Credit: © Penney Lane Kitchen / Kathy PenneyClick Here to See More Comfort Food Classics
Bacon and Sweet Potato Chili
Add sweet potatoes and kale to three-meat chili for a well-rounded, one-bowl meal. Click here to see the recipe. Photo Credit: © A Calculated Whisk / Becky Winkler
Ancho Turkey Chili
Use farro and ground turkey for a lighter take on standard chili that will still fill you up. A mix of fresh and powdered chiles makes this stew slightly spicy and super flavorful.Click here to see the recipe. Photo Credit: © Food For Your Soul Too/ Peter Block Click Here to See More Comfort Food Classics