March Comfort Food Calendar
March 1: Crock-Pot Mac and Cheese
Start off the month with this three-cheese version of the American classic. It gets a nice kick from a generous pinch of cayenne, while buttery breadcrumbs give it a great crunch.
The Ultimate Southern Fried Chicken
It doesn’t get any more comforting than fried chicken. This is a no-fail version with a perfectly crunchy seasoned crust (the trick is cornstarch) and juicy meat.
March 3: Harissa White Bean Stew with Turmeric Yogurt
Individual Chicken Pot Pies
Chicken pot pie is so good that one wants to share. Now no one has to.
March 5: Slow Cooker Beef Goulash
This warming eastern European short rib stew is best served in deep bowls over buttery noodles.
Remember when we said you have nowhere to be? This spicy chili really benefits from being simmered low and slow — for six hours.
March 7: Cheeseburger Soup
We like to garnish this deeply satisfying soup with the works: hamburger bun croutons, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, dill pickles and scallions.
March 8: Muffuletta Calzone
Two of our favorite things come together in this indulgent recipe. It uses the ingredients in a classic muffuletta sandwich (salami, ham, provolone, roasted peppers and olives) in a calzone that's baked until warm and melty.
March 9: Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork
Pulled pork tastes like home. Serve it with coleslaw and pickles, or mound it on hamburger buns and top with coleslaw and thinly sliced onion and dill pickles.
March 10: Seafood Gumbo
Friday night calls for gumbo. This one is rich and toasty thanks to the dark roux, and it's filled with oysters, shrimp and crab.
March 11: Chocolate Chip Coconut Pancakes
Saturday morning is perfect for a warm, cozy stack of pancakes. Chocolate chips and coconut are a given.
March 12: Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce on Spaghetti
The name speaks for itself. Italian meat sauce over pasta is just what you need to fend away Sunday scaries.
March 13: Coconut Chicken with Pickled Pepper Collards
African flavors shine through in this delicious fried chicken dish.
Mac and Cheese with Cracker Crumble
Snow day and every day, mac and cheese hits the spot. To create a mac and cheese with the silky consistency of Velveeta, but using a flavorful, aged cheddar, chefs and brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio add sodium citrate to bind their cheese sauce.
March 15: Mashed Potatoes with Crispy Shallots
Whoever said mashed potatoes weren't a meal was sorely mistaken. For ultrafluffy potatoes, Grace Parisi presses them through a ricer. To achieve a similar texture, pass the potatoes through a food mill or a fine-mesh sieve.
March 16: Double Cheeseburgers, Los Angeles-Style
Drive-thru not required for these hit-the-spot double cheeseburgers. Roy Choi's burgers look like the American classic, but get an Asian twist with toasted sesame seeds in the mayo and fresh shiso leaves on top of the lettuce.
March 17: Cacio e Pepe Pizza
You made it through the week. Thus, you deserve this cheesy, peppery pizza.
March 18: Pierogi
Spend the weekend making pierogi from scratch. It’s a project, but totally worth it.
March 19: Jam-Stuffed Brioche French Toast
It’s Sunday morning and that means one and only one thing: brunch.
March 20: Slow Cooker Ham Hock and Chickpea Stew
Split pea soup is the inspiration for this hearty stew. Like split peas, chickpeas need to simmer for a long time, making them ideal for the slow cooker.
March 21: Grandma’s Lasagna
We trust Grandma to bring the comfort. This version of lasagna has tomato sauce, chunks of meat, shredded mozzarella and creamy ricotta cheese.
March 22: Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
The queen of the comforting soups, chicken noodle cures all things. Here, a deeply flavorful recipe for the tried-and-true classic.
March 23: Spaghetti with Veal Meatballs
Always a crowd favorite, spaghetti and meatballs is perfect any day of the week.
March 24: Chicken Potpie
Even the world's best crust can be ruined by a watery or gluey filling. Chef Matt Bolus at 404 Kitchen in Nashville says to cook your filling just shy of that slightly loose gravy consistency.
March 25: Corn Bread Casserole
Corn bread casseroles are a too-busy cook's dream. A handful of pantry staples—frozen and canned corn, corn muffin mix, butter, sour cream and an egg—are baked into something delicious and comforting.
March 26: Shoyu Ramen
Homemade ramen should be your Sunday project. This version has a pork-and-chicken-based broth that gets extra depth of flavor from kombu (seaweed) and shoyu (Japanese soy sauce).
March 27: Vegetarian Black Bean Chili with Ancho and Orange
This vegetarian chili from TV chef Ellie Krieger starts with canned black beans, so it's easy to make. A hit of fresh orange adds a warm, sweet note to the rich spices.
Meatloaf with Red Wine Glaze
This meatloaf is better than Mom’s. The glaze also makes the meat loaf especially easy to pair with red wine, which is a plus because it’s always 5 o’clock on a snow day.
March 29: Stovetop Chicken and Dumplings
Baking these easy dumplings right on top of the simmering stew makes them extra fluffy.
March 30: Easy Chicken Parmesan
This comfort food classic is easy and delicious. Pair with some crusty bread for a kid-friendly weeknight dinner.
March 31: Shrimp and Cheese Grits
The last day of the month deserves a quintessential comfort dish: shrimp and grits. Cooking the shrimp in their shells adds flavor to the sauce and gives your guests a reason to roll up their sleeves.