International Comfort Foods

Travel the world, one homey bowl at a time, with these round-the-globe comfort food recipes from Cooking Channel chefs.

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Bacon, Egg and Shrimp Fried Rice

Swap takeout for stovetop: Ching's easy fried rice is ready in just 15 minutes and uses up any leftover protein that you have sitting in the fridge, from chicken to roast pork.

Get the Recipe: Bacon, Egg and Shrimp Fried Rice

Beef Bourguignon

This hearty French beef stew gets its flavor from a whole bottle of red wine, aromatics, bacon, and a fresh herb bouquet garni made from bay leaf, parsley stems and thyme sprigs.

Get the Recipe: Beef Bourguignon

Pani Puri

India's beloved street snack features spices, peas and potatoes stuffed inside pillowy pockets of fried dough.

Get the Recipe: Pani Puri

Roasted Shrimp, Corn and Bacon Ramen

Make a satisfying noodle dish that melds Japanese and American flavors.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Shrimp, Corn and Bacon Ramen

Jerk Chicken and Dumplings

Explore the Caribbean side of a classic comfort food with Chuck's spicy chicken wings and fried dumplings. His ginger beer and kaffir lime-infused pan sauce channels sunny island flavors, and the crunchy cornmeal dumplings are a perfect sidekick that never gets soggy.

Get the Recipe: Jerk Chicken and Dumplings

Melanzane Alla Parmigiana

Debi and Gabriele's version of eggplant parm layers thin slices of fried eggplant with homemade red sauce, mounds of mozzarella and fresh basil. This restaurant favorite is even better at home, baked until bubbly.

Get the Recipe: Melanzane Alla Parmigiana (Eggplant Parmigiana)

Osso Buco

Giada offers her twist on osso buco, veal shank braised with vegetables and white wine. Make it a two-pot meal by serving with risotto, which is traditional.

Get the Recipe: Osso Buco

Italian Sausage, Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

Kelsey rolls homemade sheets of pasta to make these cannelloni, which are stuffed with a sweet Italian sausage and ricotta filling, then slathered in her simple red sauce.

Get the Recipe: Italian Sausage, Spinach, and Ricotta Cannelloni

Chuck's Awesome Poutine

Chuck has mastered Canada's favorite comfort food, poutine. To make it, top hot french fries with fresh cheese curds and brown gravy.

Get the Recipe: Chuck's Awesome Poutine

Make-Ahead Paella Casserole

A pinch of saffron and a splash of sherry provide subtle richness and body in this famous Spanish rice dish. Stocked with chorizo, cod and plump shrimp, Rachael's version is a truly hearty one-pot wonder.

Get the Recipe: Make-Ahead Paella Casserole

Italian Stracciatella with Meatballs and Tortellini

With its long list of ingredients, this Roman egg drop soup may sound complicated, but Nadia G. has a few timesaving tricks, including make-ahead chicken broth and store-bought tortellini.

Get the Recipe: Italian Stracciatella with Mini Meatballs, Tender Cheese Tortellini and Baby Spinach

Beef Stroganoff over Buttered Noodles

Low-and-slow cooking makes cubed chuck roast exceptionally tender in Tyler's mushroom-studded take on classic Russian stroganoff.

Get the Recipe: Beef Stroganoff over Buttered Noodles

Pork and Prawn Dumplings

Siu mai, open-wrapped, steamed pork and prawn dumplings, can be found in all the dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong and around the world. Make Ching's version at home today.

Get the Recipe: Pork and Prawn Dumplings

Meatballs in Almond Sauce

This traditional Catalan sauce — made with fried almonds, garlic and bread — is a fragrant, nutty alternative to the typical tomato-based dressing.

Get the Recipe: Meatballs in Almond Sauce (Albondigas en Salsa con Picada de Almendras)

Hungarian-Style Shepherd's Pie

Rachael takes the ingredients for Hungarian goulash — beef, onions, vegetables and sweet paprika — and tops them with a parsnip-potato puree for a hearty one-pot meal.

Get the Recipe: Hungarian-Style Shepherd's Pie

Pork Belly With Lentils

French green lentils are the perfect foil for fatty, honey mustard-glazed pork belly.

Get the Recipe: Pork Belly with Lentils

Bal's Rice Pudding

Bal infuses Indian flavor into comforting rice pudding with clove and cardamom pods.

Get the Recipe: Bal's Rice Pudding


Use bread to thicken this Tuscan vegetable soup. It's studded with cranberry beans, cabbage and tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: La Ribolitta

Patatas Bravas

Patatas bravas are Spanish fried potatoes traditionally served tapas style with salsa brava, a spicy tomato sauce. Bobby's version is topped with a spicy tomato mayo.

Get the Recipe: Patatas Bravas Home Fries with Roasted Tomato Aioli

Quiche Lorraine

This classic French dish is infused with onions, bacon and a mix of cheddar and Gruyere cheeses. It's all tucked into a buttery crust.

Get the Recipe: Quiche Lorraine

Mattar Paneer

Fry paneer (Indian cheese) and serve it with peas in a fragrant tomato-ginger garlic sauce.

Get the Recipe: Muttar Paneer

Chicken South Indian Style

Stew chicken with a creamy coconut-tomato sauce flavored with garlic, ginger, turmeric and fresh curry leaves for an authentic, comforting dish.

Get the Recipe: Chicken South Indian Style

Potato Parathas

This homemade potato flatbread is perfect for sopping up the sauce from your favorite curry.

Get the Recipe: Potato Parathas

Green Pastitsio

Rachael adds chard to this Greek version of macaroni and cheese; it's traditionally made with a creamy bechamel sauce, feta cheese, and fresh dill and mint.

Get the Recipe: Green Pastitsio

Rice Pilaf With Chorizo

This paella-inspired pilaf gets its flavor from Spanish chorizo, saffron and sweet piquillo peppers. Bake the pilaf just before serving to achieve the requisite crispy crust on top.

Get the Recipe: Rice Pilaf with Chorizo Casserole


This simple Indian sweet combines sugar, chickpea flour, butter, cardamom and pistachios for a candy-like consistency.

Get the Recipe: Vesan

Spicy Coconut Soup

Aida's take on tom kha gai, a Thai coconut soup, has chunks of tofu, snow peas and Thai basil floating in the lemongrass- and ginger-infused broth.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Coconut Soup

Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Soup)

The Vietnamese version of chicken soup is just as comforting as the American one, but it's infused with ginger and lime, and it's served with rice noodles, fresh herbs, bean sprouts and fish sauce.

Huevos Rancheros

This Mexican classic is equally good for breakfast or dinner. Aida serves the crispy, egg-topped tortillas with salsa verde and sliced avocado.

Get the Recipe: Huevos Rancheros with Tomatillo Salsa

Roast Chicken Enchiladas Suizas

Suizas, meaning Swiss, refers to the Swiss immigrants who introduced a creamy sauce to Mexican enchiladas. Rachael uses Mexican crema to create the sauce, and she stacks her enchiladas (rather than rolling them) for easy serving.

Get the Recipe: Roast Chicken Enchilada Suizas Stacked Casserole

Spanish Meatballs

Emeril makes his albondigas (Spanish for "meatballs") with a mix of veal, beef and pork infused with garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin and chili powder. He serves them alongside a bright red pimenton (paprika) sauce.

Get the Recipe: Spanish Meatballs

Pork Rib Broth With Soft Rice Noodles

Luke combines a sweet-and-savory pork rib broth with rice noodles and a fresh mint and chive topping.

Get the Recipe: Pork Rib Broth with Soft Rice Noodles: Hu Tieu Suon Heo