Quick, Easy Comfort Food Recipes That Taste Like They Took Hours

Comfort food always makes you feel warm and satisfied. The only problem? It can take a lot of time to prepare and cook. Macaroni and cheese is great, but you don't want to spend hours making it from scratch, and the instant variety just isn't the same.

This often leads to either going out for comfort food or making something else that takes less time to prepare. You don't have to! Thanks to these quick, easy recipes, you can have delicious comfort food anytime.

A Simple Baked Bean Dish Craving a heartier version of a sloppy Joe? Don't want to get more than one pan dirty? This easy one-skillet recipe is for you. The timesaving trick? Use pre-made salsa and canned baked beans. The recipe also allows for creativity. The type of salsa you choose controls its heat and flavor. I love trying a salsa verde for tanginess or a chipotle salsa for smokiness.

Comfort food recipes don't have to take hours, but with these simple hints, they'll taste like they did!

A Versatile Bean Casserole Casserole recipes are fantastic because they're so simple. This easy casserole recipe is no exception; it combines canned beans, cornbread and sausage for a hearty meal that's ready in about half an hour. This dish is also quite versatile. Vary the type of sausage or beans in the recipe according to your taste.

A Delicious Italian Meal Everyone loves Italian recipes. It's easy to mix a jar of tomato sauce with some pasta and mozzarella for a quick meal, and this Italian-inspired skillet recipe raises it to the next level. Take that jar of spaghetti sauce and mix it with canned beans and your choice of Italian sausage (sweet or spicy, depending on your family's tastes). For extra flavor, pop the dish under the broiler after you sprinkle on the cheese for a bubbly, browned topping.

A Savory Chicken Cacciatore Sticking with quick, easy Italian meals, this chicken cacciatore recipe takes just half an hour to put on the table. Again, you start with a trusty jar of tomato sauce, and then add chicken breasts and white beans. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, and you have a satisfying dinner. Just don't forget to top it with Parmesan cheese.

Comfort food recipes don't have to take hours, but with these simple hints, they'll taste like they did!

* Tip: You can't beat comfort food during the cooler months! We have some new takes on old favorites and three comforting casseroles that won't weigh you down.

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