13 Comfort Foods to Make Before You Leave For College Because Cafeteria Food Is Just Sad

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Let me tell you a secret about college. It may be a chance to meet new people and learn new things; it might be the best time of your life or the worst — but this much is certain: you’re in for a whole lot of strange, semi-edible, and otherwise questionable food. You will, for example, try the cafeteria goulash and barely survive. There will be nights when you eat nothing but popcorn, washed down cheap vodka from the frat house next door. In a desperate attempt at something respectable, you will even play dress up with your Easy Mac, but it won’t be the same.

Before you leave to face the mystery meat, treat yourself to a hard-earned meal. Sure, you can hack your favorite recipes away from home with a mug and a microwave — but let’s be honest: nothing is quite as magical as your mother’s lasagna, fresh out of the oven, the cheese still bubbling on top. Don’t pack your bags just yet — here are our favorite cozy recipes to cook up one last time.

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