Kicking off with a dash of nostalgia and a hearty helping of comfort, this collection of recipes is like flipping through an old family photo album—but for your taste buds. Each dish, from creamy pastas to savory meatballs, carries the warmth and love of mom’s cooking, updated with a twist or two for today’s kitchen. Whether you’re after the comfort of familiar flavors or eager to add new favorites to your repertoire, these recipes blend nostalgia with the kind of hearty goodness that makes every meal feel like home.

A bowl of pasta with bacon and brussels sprouts.
Brussels Sprouts Pasta. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.
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Creamy Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom risotto with peas and mushrooms in a pot with wooden spoon.
Creamy Mushroom Risotto. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Who needs dairy when you can have a risotto this creamy and packed with umami? It’s a dish that brings the rich, comforting essence of mushrooms to the forefront, creating a dining experience that feels both luxurious and utterly comforting.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Risotto

Lamb Bolognese

Lamb bolognese with tagliatelle noodles.
Lamb Bolognese. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Take a classic bolognese and give it a twist with lamb for an extra layer of flavor that’s both rich and cozy. Simmered with carrots, onions, garlic, and tomatoes, it’s a sauce that clings to your pasta and your heart, reminding you of the power of a good meal.
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Stuffed Chicken Marsala

Stuffed chicken marsala in a cast iron skillet.
Stuffed Chicken Marsala. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Elevate your chicken marsala with this stuffed version, brimming with melted mozzarella, tomato butter, and fresh basil. It’s a dish that combines sweet and savory in every bite, bringing a piece of Italy into your kitchen with an added touch of love.
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Instant Pot Tomato & White Beans

Instant Pot white beans and tomatoes on sourdough toast garnished with fresh herbs and crumbled feta.
Instant Pot Tomato & White Beans. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Transform your kitchen with the simplicity and heartiness of tomato and white beans, made effortlessly in an Instant Pot. It’s a humble yet flavorful dish that’s perfect over toasted sourdough, embodying the soul of family cooking with every bite.
Get the Recipe: Instant Pot Tomato & White Beans

Bucatini Cacio e Pepe

Bucatini cacio e pepe in a bowl with a gold fork and a pepper mill off to the side.
Bucatini Cacio e Pepe. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Simplicity shines in this classic dish with just five ingredients, proving that sometimes, the best flavors come from the least fuss. Creamy, cheesy, and utterly comforting, it’s a plate of pasta that feels like a hug from the inside out.
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Salsa Chicken

A white dish with chicken in a tomato sauce.
Salsa Chicken. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This is the weeknight hero you’ve been looking for. Juicy chicken breasts baked with salsa, sweet corn, and cheddar cheese create a dish that’s ready in under 30 minutes. It’s the fast, family-friendly meal that’ll have everyone asking for seconds.
Get the Recipe: Salsa Chicken

Venison Meatballs

Venison meatballs in tomato sauce on a plate with pasta.
Venison Meatballs. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These aren’t your average meatballs. Made with venison and baked to perfection, they’re a hearty addition to any pasta or sauce. Tender, meaty, and without the gamey taste, they offer a new way to enjoy a classic, bringing a piece of the outdoors into your kitchen.
Get the Recipe: Venison Meatballs

Brussels Sprouts Pasta

A bowl of pasta with bacon and brussels sprouts.
Brussels Sprouts Pasta. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Quick, easy, and packed with flavor, this pasta does weeknights right. With just six ingredients including bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichokes, it turns a simple dinner into something special, proving great meals don’t have to be complicated.
Get the Recipe: Brussels Sprouts Pasta

Cream Cheese Chicken

Cream cheese chicken in a white skillet.
Cream Cheese Chicken. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Say goodbye to boring weeknight chicken with this spiced, creamy dish that’s all comfort with a kick. The mix of five spices and cream cheese turns ordinary chicken into a feast for the senses, proving that sometimes, the simplest ingredients make the most memorable meals.
Get the Recipe: Cream Cheese Chicken

Easy Creamy Stroganoff

Dairy-free venison stroganoff over pasta garnished with parsley.
Easy Creamy Stroganoff. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Twist on the traditional with a dairy-free take using coconut yogurt, making it as indulgent as it is comforting for those cold evenings. Whether you opt for beef or venison, it’s a stroganoff that’ll keep you coming back for more, blending nostalgia with a touch of modernity.
Get the Recipe: Easy Creamy Stroganoff

Goat Cheese Grits

Creamy goat cheese grits in a white bowl with a wooden spoon topped with tomatoes and fresh basil.
Goat Cheese Grits. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Creamy grits get a bold makeover with goat cheese, topped with burst tomatoes, chicken, and basil for a meal that’s all about comfort and flavor. It’s a dish that combines the best of Southern cooking with a touch of elegance, making it a must-try for anyone looking for a new favorite.
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Creamy Tomato Farfalle

Creamy tomato farfalle with peas and prosciutto in a white bowl.
Creamy Tomato Farfalle. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Here’s a 20-minute marvel that shakes up the creamy pasta scene. Adding peas and crispy prosciutto to the mix turns a simple meal into a memorable one. It’s the perfect blend of comfort and convenience, echoing those cherished family recipes.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Tomato Farfalle

Spaghetti Alfredo with Broccoli

Spaghetti alfredo with broccoli florets in a pot with wooden spoon.
Spaghetti Alfredo with Broccoli. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Lightening up the classic alfredo without losing an ounce of flavor, this dish brings broccoli into the mix for a touch of green and a lot of creaminess. It’s the comfort food you remember, made healthier and just as mouthwatering, proving some recipes are too good not to make again.
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Pasta Checca with Burrata

Pasta Checca with burst tomatoes and burrata on a white serving platter.
Pasta Checca with Burrata. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This dish takes the best of traditional Italian meals and adds a fresh twist with burst heirloom tomatoes and creamy burrata. It’s a testament to the power of simple ingredients coming together to create something extraordinary, much like the recipes passed down through generations.
Get the Recipe: Pasta Checca with Burrata

Pesto Pasta alla Trapanese

Pesto Pasta alla Trapanese. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Fresh tomatoes, nuts, and basil get a quick whirl to create a pesto that’s as refreshing as it is easy. Tossed with pasta, it’s a summer sauce that makes eating in feel like dining out, capturing the essence of Italian summers.
Get the Recipe: Pesto Pasta alla Trapanese

Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Lemon ricotta pasta with cherry tomatoes and basil on a white plate.
Lemon Ricotta Pasta. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Brighten up your table with a pasta that’s as easy to whip up as it is creamy and refreshing. Lemon, ricotta, basil, and tomatoes come together in a dish that’s light, quick, and filled with flavors that speak of sunny days and simple pleasures.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Pasta

Bomb Meatloaf

Meatloaf on a white plate cut into slices with fresh parsley garnish.
Bomb Meatloaf. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Dive into nostalgia with a meatloaf that’s anything but ordinary. With its easy preparation and a glaze that wraps each slice in sweet and tangy goodness, it’s a hearty reminder of home. Definitely a keeper for those nights you crave something special.
Get the Recipe: Bomb Meatloaf

Pesto Salmon

Pesto Salmon. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

With just five ingredients and less than 25 minutes, this oven-baked salmon brings together healthy and flavorful in one fell swoop. It’s a weeknight wonder that’s both easy to make and a joy to eat, keeping dinner light yet utterly satisfying.
Get the Recipe: Pesto Salmon

Chicken Sorrentino

Chicken sorrentino on a serving spoon.
Chicken Sorrentino. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This dish packs a little bit of everything you love: breaded chicken topped with prosciutto, eggplant, and loads of cheese, all baked in a hearty tomato sauce. It’s the kind of meal that makes any night feel special, drawing you back to the joys of family gatherings.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Sorrentino

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