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Comfort Food Side Dishes

Add interest to any plate with these recipes for comfort food side dishes, including pasta, vegetables, soup, potatoes, mac and cheese, casserole, baked beans, stuffing, corn pudding and more.

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Flavored with garlic salt and chives, these potatoes are rich, creamy and oh, so yummy. A sprinkling of paprika gives this dish a festive look. We prefer these to plain mash potatoes.—Cyneli Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Spaghetti Squash Medley

Spaghetti Squash Medley

Spaghetti Squash Medley

"We raise spaghetti squash in our garden, and I enjoy coming up with different ways to use it," writes Wanda Ivan of Salina, Kansas. "We like the colorful mix of tomatoes, carrot, broccoli and snow peas in this microwave dish."

Three-Cheese Hash Brown Bake

Three-Cheese Hash Brown Bake

Three-Cheese Hash Brown Bake

Serve up comfort food for breakfast with this cheesy casserole featuring convenient frozen hash browns. It requires just 10 minutes of prep before you pop it in the oven.—Nancy Sidhu, Franklin, Wisconsin

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Loaded Smashed Potatoes

If mashed potatoes are a must at your family Thanksgiving, then why not go all out with the works? I love garlic, onions and bacon, and this dish has all three! —Kathy Harding, Richmond, Missouri
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Parmesan & Garlic Fries

Parmesan & Garlic Fries

Parmesan & Garlic Fries

I found an even tastier way to eat fries! The addition of Parmesan and garlic makes this side dish simple irresistible.

Spinach Artichoke Pie

Spinach Artichoke Pie

Spinach Artichoke Pie

Spinach is an abundant vegetable grown here in our state. I make this side dish often when spinach is in season.

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Cheesy Vegetable Medley

Can't decide whether to cook vegetables or pasta for a side dish? Try combining them in this medley. It received rave reviews at our volunteer fire department meeting. Now, I make it for other covered-dish suppers.

Nelda's Sausage and Rice Dressing

Nelda's Sausage and Rice Dressing

Nelda's Sausage and Rice Dressing

This is an original recipe that I developed 15 years ago, and I can't count how many times I've used it since. Don't wait until Thanksgiving to try it.

Slow Cooker Mushroom Stuffing

Slow Cooker Mushroom Stuffing

Slow Cooker Mushroom Stuffing

My grandmother created this recipe after my grandfather left the well-drilling business and invested all their money in a mushroom farm. The farm was a success and saw the family through the Great Depression. —Eric Cooper, Durham, North Carolina

Glazed Parmesan Potatoes

Glazed Parmesan Potatoes

Glazed Parmesan Potatoes

Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food to me. If you haven't tried them with a touch of honey, you won't be disappointed with this savory-sweet combination. &mdash:Stephanie Shay, Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania

Homemade Mashed Potato Bake

Homemade Mashed Potato Bake

Homemade Mashed Potato Bake

A co-worker gave me this recipe. Once my family tasted it, we all agreed it was a keeper! Speckled with ham and flavored with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, it's a little different.—Gail Buss, Westminster, Maryland
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