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"It's Probably The Meal I Make Most Often": People Are Sharing Their Favorite Low-Maintenance, Extremely Satisfying Meals

By Hannah Loewentheil,


Sometimes you just want to eat something comforting, quick, and easy. So redditor u/actuallyboa asked, "What’s a comfort food you like to make for yourself that only has two or three ingredients ?" Here are the wildly easy, feel-good meals that people make on repeat (so let them inspire you).

1. "Mujadara, which is a Lebanese recipe that calls for just caramelized onions, rice, and lentils. Yum!"


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2. "Oatmeal with peanut butter and a chopped apple stirred into it. For true comfort food, I just want to replicate a fancy version of those instant oatmeal packets from childhood."


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3. "Boxed mac 'n' cheese with a bag of frozen mixed veggies and, if I'm feeling really ambitious, whatever meat (leftover or fresh) is in my freezer, which is usually chicken, shrimp, or pancetta/bacon."

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4. "A tomato sandwich. All you need is tomato, mayonnaise, and sliced bread. I have this most summer days when fresh local tomatoes are at their peak. It's probably the meal I eat most often."


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5. "My favorite comfort food of all time is hot steamed white rice, a pat of butter, and tamari or soy sauce. It is simple perfection."


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6. "Naan flatbread. A slice of naan topped with Brie and some sort of spread, whether it's olive tapenade, marmalade, jam, or tomato sauce."


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7. "When I was in school, I'd often eat this incredible chia pudding. The only ingredients you need are chia seeds, coconut milk, and maple syrup."


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8. "Ramen noodles tossed with sesame oil and chopped scallion."


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9. "A toasted slice of a crusty Italian bread dipped in good, flavored olive oil. Add something like salt, pepper, garlic, or grated Parmesan if you're feeling ambitious."


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10. "Tortilla + cheese + salsa = all you need for a perfect quesadilla."


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11. "Hummus mixed with a good hot sauce on naan or pita. It might sound like a weird combo, but it's pretty spectacular."


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12. "Fried cabbage with bacon and onions or leeks or with butter and parsley. If I'm feeling fancy, I'll serve it with a fried egg or some toast. It's good enough for any meal."


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13. "A classic grilled cheese sandwich made with sourdough bread, sharp cheddar, and Kerrygold salted butter."


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14. "Congee with egg. To make it, all you need is rice, stock, and egg, plus some ginger for seasoning if you have it on hand."


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15. "Miso pasta. Grab a box of pasta, butter, and miso paste. Add some fresh Parmesan if you've got it."


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16. "A caprese salad made with ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. Drizzle with balsamic or Italian dressing."


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17. " Pastina . You'll need mini star-shaped pasta (pastina), chicken bouillon, plus butter and/or Parmesan cheese if you want it."


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18. "Breakfast quesadilla. All you need is a tortilla, shredded cheese, and an egg or two. Scramble the egg in a bowl, add a handful of cheese. Pop the tortilla onto a medium-hot pan, wait a couple of minutes, pour the egg mix onto the tortilla, and let it sit until the egg begins to settle. Carefully fold the tortilla in half to make a perfect quesadilla."


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19. "Fried rice. All you need is rice, egg, shallot or onion, and some meat (optional). It’s easy and quick to make, and it's always my go-to food when I’m feeling down."


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20. "J. Kenji López-Alt's mac 'n' cheese . Easier than the boxed stuff, made with macaroni, evaporated milk, and shredded cheese."


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21. "Tuna pasta. Just grab a can of tuna, a box of fusilli or any other pasta, and some mayo. I like to add sweet corn, too."


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22. "Spam musubi made with Spam, Japanese short-grain white rice, and nori."



23. "Egg drop soup, which you can make using just chicken broth, eggs, and soy sauce. Green onions and sesame oil are optional."


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24. "A simple baked potato with butter and shredded cheddar. Hits the spot every time."


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25. "A PB&J sandwich, although it must be strawberry jelly for me. It's just not the same with grape."


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26. "Canned chili over lettuce with salsa and/or sour cream. This makes a darn good taco salad. Bonus points if you eat it with tortilla chips or Fritos."


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27. "Cinnamon toast. Toast, butter, and cinnamon sugar is all there is to it."


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28. "Rigatoni cooked al dente with grated Parmesan and black pepper. It's like a poor man’s cacio e pepe."


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What's your favorite low-maintenance but delicious comfort food that requires just a few easy ingredients? Tell us in the comments!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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