Comfort food can be a personal thing. My ultimate comfort dish is my grandmother’s famous baked spaghetti, served up with a heaping helping of nostalgia. Her recipe (and similar ones like this from Food Network Kitchen) is made up of ingredients that are universally comforting: pasta, rich red sauce and plenty of cheese. When my sweet tooth beckons, though, it’s all about the chocolate. Ina’s Brownie Pudding, made with “good” cocoa and real vanilla bean, is my go-to.
This gallery of All-Star Comfort Food Ingredients rounds up sweet and savory staples that you’ll want to stock in the pantry and fridge so they’re on hand when you’re craving comfort food. What did we miss? Let us know your favorite comfort food ingredients in the comments.
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