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Single Serving Comfort Food Recipes

We’ve gathered over 10 of our favorite and most popular single serving comfort food recipes that you’re sure to enjoy. You'll find quick recipes for Beef Stew, Tuna Casserole, Meatloaf, and more all in single serving and small batch portions.

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There's something special about comfort foods that we seem to crave throughout the year. When it's cold, a big bowl of something warm and wonderful feels right. If we've had a bad day, many of us crave a glorious carb filled meal. And on days when we're feeling like we just want to curl up on a sofa in something comfortable and binge watch our favorite show, a hearty nostalgic dish seems to call out to us.

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Here we've gathered our favorite (and most popular!) comfort food recipes. Each recipe is designed to serve one person, possibly two if a side dish is also shared.

Within this list, you're sure to find many hearty and delicious recipes you're sure to enjoy.

Comfort Food Recipes

Healthy Comfort Food Recipes

Easy Pork Tenderloin For One

Juicy and tender pork tenderloin is filled with flavor. Easy small portion baked pork tenderloin recipe can be ready in just 30 minutes!
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pork tenderloin | one dish kitchen

Easy Unstuffed Cabbage Roll For One

Unstuffed cabbage rolls, similar to cabbage rolls but much easier to make and faster to cook. This single serving cabbage roll recipe is made with a few simple ingredients in one pan and is served over rice.
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unstuffed cabbage rolls | one dish kitchen

Turkey Chili For One

Easy Turkey Chili recipe made with lean ground turkey, tomatoes, vegetables, and spices. A healthier alternative to beef chili, this flavor packed single serving meal can be ready in around 30 minutes!
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Turkey Chili For One | One Dish Kitchen

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup For One

Creamy Instant Pot butternut squash soup is a healthy and hearty soup recipe made in a pressure cooker. Get the slow simmered flavor in half the time with this flavorful butternut squash soup recipe.
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bowl of butternut squash made in the instant pot | one dish kitchen

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup For One

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup – this small batch recipe yields the perfect amount for anyone cooking for one. The soup is made with one chicken breast or thigh and can be ready in minutes. Full of flavor, hearty, and so comforting.
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instant pot chicken noodle soup for one | one dish kitchen

Italian Meatball Recipe For One

Easy recipe for one giant Italian meatball topped with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. This homemade, oven baked meatball is perfectly juicy and filled with flavor!
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single meatball with tomato sauce and cheese on top

Pork Stir Fry For One

A pork stir fry recipe that's easy to make and filled with flavor. Ground pork seasoned perfectly and cooked with vegetables served with a terrific sauce over rice. Ready in under 30 minutes, this delightful single serving ground pork stir fry needs to be on your dinner menu.
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pork stir fry | one dish kitchen

Chickpea Curry For One

Chickpea Curry For One! This wonderful single serving chickpea curry recipe is made with canned beans and pantry staples. It's a light and hearty vegetarian dish that can be ready in under 30 minutes!
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chickpea curry covering rice in yellow bowl

Baked Chicken Caprese For One

Healthy baked Chicken Caprese, an easy to make recipe filled with flavor! One chicken breast, seasoned and baked along with one sliced tomato, onions, a splash of balsamic and topped with melted Mozzarella cheese. A wonderful single serving meal!
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Caprese chicken with tomatos on top served with pasta on white plate

Lemon and Garlic Chicken For One

Easy to make and full of flavor, this Lemon and Garlic Chicken For One is sure to please. This single serving meal cooks in under 30 minutes and can be cooked in the oven or on the grill. Serve over rice or orzo pasta. For a low carb variation, serve in a lettuce wrap.
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lemon garlic chicken on a bed of rice on a white plate

Butter Chicken For One

Butter Chicken For One - chicken cooked in a wonderful blend of Indian spices. This easy to make, classic recipe is ideal for anyone cooking for one.
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butter chicken for one | one dish kitchen

French Onion Soup For One

French Onion Soup with caramelized onions, broth, French bread and creamy Gruyere cheese. A single serving version of a bistro classic.
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French Onion Soup For One | ONE DISH KITCHEN

Healthy Sloppy Joe

Healthier Sloppy Joes For One made with lean ground turkey, chopped red peppers and sweetened with molasses. Lower in fat and calories than a traditional Sloppy Joe sandwich and even more delicious!
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Healthier Sloppy Joe For One | One Dish Kitchen | Game Day Recipes

Mini Zucchini Lasagna

Healthy, low carb, cheesy zucchini lasagna made with all of the wonderful ingredients found in a traditional lasagna but without the noodles.
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Baked Zucchini Lasagna in a square baking dish

Nostalgic Southern Comfort Food Recipes

Salisbury Steak Recipe For One

This Salisbury Steak Recipe For One is single serving comfort food at it's finest. Low in carbs and topped with a mushroom, onion gravy. Made with with pantry staples, this comforting meal can be ready in minutes.
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Salisbury Steak For One | One Dish Kitchen

Mini Slow Cooker Meatloaf | Single Serving

Mini Crockpot Meatloaf - easy recipe for making a moist and juicy meatloaf in a slow cooker. Made with onions, garlic, spices and topped with a sweet and tangy sauce. Recipe includes instructions for converting a large slow cooker into a single serving slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Meatloaf For One | One Dish Kitchen

Beef Stroganoff For One

Easy recipe for Beef Stroganoff For One. Tender beef in a rich, creamy, flavorful sauce served over buttered noodles. 
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Beef Stroganoff For One | One Dish Kitchen

Twice Baked Eggplant

Cheesy Twice Baked Eggplant reminds me of a healthy twice baked potato. This stuffed eggplant recipe will make you an eggplant lover!
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Twice Stuffed Eggplant For One | One Dish Kitchen

Easy French Bread Pizza

Homemade French Bread Pizza topped with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Easy to make with instructions for freezing and baking. Quick to make, easily customizable, and super inexpensive. This might just be your new favorite weeknight meal!
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french bread pizza on a plate | one dish kitchen

Tuna Casserole For One

Delicious Tuna Casserole For One made with a noodles plus rich and creamy homemade sauce. The ultimate single serving comfort food!
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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Bacon Cheeseburger Mini Meatloaf

This easy Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf recipe this is the best meatloaf recipe! It tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. This mini meatloaf is the perfect size to serve one or two people.
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This Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf For One tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger without the bun. The ultimate single serving comfort food. | One Dish Kitchen

Easy Taco Casserole | Single Serving

Layers of seasoned ground beef and cheese between crispy tostadas and baked in the oven. Easy single servings recipe is absolutely delicious!
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Taco Casserole For One | onedishkitchen.com

Beef Stew For One

A hearty, classic Beef Stew filled with amazingly tender beef, onions, carrots, and potatoes. You'll love how easy this stew is to make and how rich and satisfying it tastes! This recipe makes the ideal amount for one person.
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beef stew |one dish kitchen

Lasagna For One

A classic recipe for the best homemade lasagna! This mini lasagna recipe uses just 2 lasagna noodles and is layered with meat, cheese, and sauce.
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baked lasagna in a square baking dish

Side Dishes To Go With Comfort Food Recipes

You might like to consider serving any of these single serving side dish recipes with any of the comfort food recipes listed:

Cornbread

Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Butternut Squash

Cucumber Salad

Irish Soda Bread

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10 thoughts on “Single Serving Comfort Food Recipes”

  1. Michelle Shilts

    I love this website very much. I have been having trouble cooking for myself since my husband had passed away on 6/8/2008 of a heart attack after being married for 20 years. Thank you for your recipes that you have been sending me and I look forward to seeing more of them soon.

  2. Margaret Reznicek

    You are awesome! I thank you a hundred times over for all the hard work you put into making other’s lives easier. You are truly a blessing! I subscribe, own your cookbook, and have used dozens of your recipes and haven’t been disappointed yet! Umm, however…I’m still waiting for the Boston Cream Pie for one! Thank you again for the gift you have given to so many people

    1. Margaret, you are too kind!

      I’ve added Boston Cream Pie to our list of recipes to work on and share this year. Thank you for the suggestion – I happen to love this pie so working on the recipe will be a fun project.

      Take care,
      Joanie

  3. I’ve got to tell you… After having had bariatric surgery and also having recently tuned into cooking for one, I’m in heaven with these recipes. Thank you SO much.

  4. I am a new member. I lost my husband 2 years ago, came across this network a few days ago and i am really enjoy the recipes. Love the meatloaf, and others..Thanks..

    1. Hi Jean,
      Welcome! Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your husband. I’m so glad you found our site and hope you find many new recipes to try here.
      Have a wonderful week.
      Joanie

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