‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Best Comfort Food Recipes

If you’re forced to stay indoors, cooking is a great way to spend your time. The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond shared a list of her favorite comfort foods in a handy video. Here’s a list of some of the yummy recipes on Drummond’s list.  

Slow Cooker Sunday Stew

Ree Drummond | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Ree Drummond | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

For this slow cooker beef stew recipe, Drummond uses a generous helping of onions, carrots, fresh parsley, and red potatoes. She also likes to add chunks of fried bacon. “It can’t hurt, can it?” she asks during The Pioneer Woman show. If bacon isn’t enough excitement for you, Drummond also uses half a bottle of beer as her cooking liquid. She tops it off with tomato paste, a jalapeño, garlic, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Drummond then pairs the beef stew with fettucine.


Most would agree Lasagna is the ultimate comfort food. Drummond inserts flavor into her lasagna by adding three pounds of ground beef and two pounds of pork sausage. She also adds minced garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and pepper, and fresh herbs. Instead of ricotta, Drummond uses a parmesan and cottage cheese mixture.

Creamy mashed potatoes

If you like creamy mashed potatoes, this recipe is for you. Drummond starts her recipe by boiling five pounds of potatoes. She mixes 1 ½ sticks of butter, 8 ounces of cream cheese, and a cup of heavy cream. For seasoning, she adds seasoned salt, regular salt, and black pepper. Drummond also places additional slices of butter on top of the potatoes.

Chicken and noodles

Another go-to comfort food on Drummond’s list is chicken and noodles. She starts off the recipe by adding chopped onions, carrots, and celery. She then mixes in sliced pieces of chicken, salt, black pepper, ground thyme, half and half, and turmeric. She uses a flour paste to make the mixture thicker, saying this is what differentiates chicken noodle soup from chicken and noodle. Drummond cuts down on cooking time by using frozen homestyle noodles. She says these are the noodles her grandmother used to use.

Stuffed shells

Drummond stuffs her shells with a container of ricotta cheese, in addition to grated parmesan cheese and grated Romano cheese. Other ingredients include two eggs, basil, salt, pepper, parsley, and marinara sauce.

“This is a really great meatless meal. I love it because you can serve the shells with a salad, and that’s a great meal in itself,” says Drummond during The Pioneer Woman show. After making the mixture, Drummond stuffs jumbo shells and places them cheese-side down in the marinara sauce. She then tops the shells with another layer of marinara sauce and grated mozzarella in addition to grated Romano and parmesan cheese. She cooks this recipe for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Four more comfort foods from The Pioneer Woman

Additional comfort foods inspired by Drummond you might want to try include corn and cheese chowder, no bake mac and four cheeses, meat pies, and chicken mozzarella pasta.

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