Gloomy weather and declining daylight calls for finding comfort in every which way, particularly on the plate. And while my ultimate comfort food harks back to childhood — ultrasimple egg noodles with butter and parmesan cheese — I turn to these classics when I'm looking for something a bit more dynamic.
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie sounds like quite the undertaking, one that would only be suited for a weekend project, but this quick and easy version comes together in less than an hour! Whether you rely on store-bought pie dough or make the crust from scratch  it's a surefire hit.
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Take a cue from the first lady and whip up a comforting and nourishing gratin dish of cauliflower macaroni and cheese .
Indian Spiced Burgers
For a new spin on burgers, try these curry-spiced burgers  that are brightened up with creamy cucumber raita. For even more Indian flavor, swap out ground lamb for the beef (both versions are delightful).
Three-Ingredient Tomato Sauce With Spaghetti
Silky tomato sauce  made with only three ingredients sounds too good to be true, but thankfully it isn't. To get two meals for the effort of one, double the sauce recipe and make a double batch of classic meatballs  while it simmers. Dine on spaghetti and meatballs one night and meatball subs  the next.
Barack Obama's Chili
Hearty chili  goes from everyday to extraordinary with simple additions like bacon and Fritos. Best of all, like all chili, it makes exceptional leftovers, perfect for bringing a taste of comfort to the office.