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21 Marvelously Mushy Foods to Eat with a Spoon

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Crunchy croutons, nutty toppings, and crispy-coated thises and roasted thats: We love texture as much as the next person. However, there's something about a big bowl of mush that tugs on our heartstrings (just ask our Managing Editor—hi, Kenzi!). Mushy has us reaching for our biggest spoons, and even writing haikus.

Mush is comforting in a way its firmer-textured friends aren't. It's forgiving, as overcooking mush is nearly impossible (it's mush, after all). It says, "What I lack in structure, I make up for in soothing stews, creamy porridges, and grains with just the right amount of bite to not have to bite at all."

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Here are 21 recipes mushy recipes to ready your bowls for:

Sean Brock’s Southern Grits
Sean Brock’s Southern Grits
Green Curry Porridge à la Heidi Swanson
Green Curry Porridge à la Heidi Swanson
Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Farro for Winter
Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Farro for Winter
Boosted Jook
Boosted Jook
Sweet Potato Chana Masala

Sweet Potato Chana Masala by MrsWheelbarrow

Peas Porridge Hot (Oat Risotto with Peas)

Peas Porridge Hot (Oat Risotto with Peas) by mrslarkin

Pasta and Bean Soup with Kale, Revisited
Pasta and Bean Soup with Kale, Revisited
Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk
Curried Lentils with Coconut Milk
Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo)
Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo)
Celery Risotto with Asian Pear and Shiso
Celery Risotto with Asian Pear and Shiso
Teff Porridge with Pecans, Dates, and Honey

Teff Porridge with Pecans, Dates, and Honey by Posie Harwood

Pumpkin Mush

Pumpkin Mush by fiveandspice

Pork Stew with White Beans and Butternut Squash
Pork Stew with White Beans and Butternut Squash
Savory 'Venn Pongal' (South Indian Style Rice & Mung Bean Risotto)
Savory 'Venn Pongal' (South Indian Style Rice & Mung Bean Risotto)
Carlo Middione's Polenta Facile
Carlo Middione's Polenta Facile
Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup
Marcella Hazan's Rice and Smothered Cabbage Soup
April Bloomfield's English Porridge

April Bloomfield's English Porridge by Genius Recipes

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)

Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans) by Emiko

Reheated Minestra with Olive Oil and Stale Bread
Reheated Minestra with Olive Oil and Stale Bread
Brothy, Garlicky Beans
Brothy, Garlicky Beans
Tuscan Ribollita
Tuscan Ribollita

Tell us: What's your favorite eat-with-a-spoon dish?