23 of the Best Summer Comfort Foods

23 of the Best Summer Comfort Foods

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Ariel Knutson
Aug 10, 2016
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Summer recipes tend to lean towards no-cook meals, crunchy salads, and other dishes that deserve the label refreshing. But after a long, hard day at work, sometimes you need something a little more comforting. These are the times when it's OK to turn on the oven and add something creamy or cheesy to your summer produce.

Here are the best 23 summer comfort food recipes to relish, no matter what the temperature is outside.

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1. 4-Ingredient Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

What's more comforting than a bowl full of pasta? This one needs only four ingredients and is covered in homemade pesto with cherry tomatoes.

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2. Blueberry Pancake Casserole

When you need something a little more homey in the morning, try this blueberry pancake casserole on for size.

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3. Slow-Cooker Ratatouille

A whole bunch of warm vegetables will make you smile, especially when all you have to do is throw them in the slow cooker.

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4. Watermelon Curry

This watermelon curry is incredible because it's both light and comforting at the same time. You can feel great about going back for seconds.

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5. Tomato Cobbler with Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits

Your cast iron skillet needs some love right about now, and these tomato cobbler is the ticket. Just look at all all those juicy tomatoes!

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6. Vegan Stir-Fried Garlic Tofu and Eggplant

This recipe comes together so fast once you have all the ingredients prepped. Eggplant is the star of the show here, but you could also sub out for zucchini or yellow squash.

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7. Truffled Corn Soup

This corn soup looks like it would have ton of cream in it, right? But — shock! It has none. Treat yourself with a sprinkle of truffle salt to finish.

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8. Heidi Swanson's Summer Squash Soup with Coconut Milk

Got some leftover summer squash lurking around your kitchen? Throw it in this delicious soup.

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9. Tomato and Squash Gratin

Summer vegetables and fruits are the best because you can basically throw some bread crumbs, fat, and cheese on 'em and you get something delicious. The proof is in this recipe.

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10. Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Ricotta and Herbs

Eat these with a glass of wine for dinner and you can't not have a good night.

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11. How To Make Creamed Corn in the Slow Cooker

Throw corn and cream t together in the slow cooker in the morning, and walk back in to this delicious side dish.

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12. Farro Salad with Roasted Eggplant, Caramelized Onion, and Pine Nuts

I dare you to add a dollop of fresh ricotta to the top of this bowl.

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13. Creamy Zucchini Fettuccine

Take a classic dish like fettuccine Alfredo and just add a ton of vegetables to the mix.

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14. Crustless Quiche with Summer Vegetables

When in doubt, throw leftover summer vegetables together with some eggs and you'll never go wrong. You can enjoy this one hot or cold.

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15. Sautéed Zucchini and Squash with Thyme and Feta

Feta basically makes everything better in the summertime. I love that this recipe include some savory herbs, too.

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16. Savory Tomato Peach and Tarragon Pot Pie

This recipe hits that sweet and savory note with the peaches and tomatoes. It's like a pie, but for dinner!

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17. Creamy Corn Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe gets a heavy dose of basil, corn, and red pepper flakes. The corn and cream add to its luxurious texture.

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18. How To Bake Eggplant Fries

Who needs regular potato fries, when there's eggplant around during the summer? Pair these eggplant fries with a creamy yogurt dip.

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19. Bacon and Basil Wrapped Corn

Do yourself a favor and wrap your corn on the cob in bacon this summer.

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20. Vegetable Jambalaya

Letting something simmer on the stove for 20 minutes might remind you of fall, but this vegetable jambalaya is intended for right now.

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21. Fresh Corn Galette with Zucchini, Thyme, and Goat Cheese

Wrap some fresh zucchini, thyme, corn, and goat cheese in a blanket of pastry dough. Your friends will love you forever and ever.

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22. Sausage and Zucchini Soup

This soup is a great way to use up all that zucchini you might have purchased or discovered in your CSA box.

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23. Creamy Polenta Bowl with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini

Top a creamy bed of polenta with all the oven-roasted vegetables your heart can handle.

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