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.
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.
When you need something a little more homey in the morning, try this blueberry pancake casserole on for size.
A whole bunch of warm vegetables will make you smile, especially when all you have to do is throw them in the slow cooker.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Got some leftover summer squash lurking around your kitchen? Throw it in this delicious soup.
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.
Eat these with a glass of wine for dinner and you can't not have a good night.
Throw corn and cream t together in the slow cooker in the morning, and walk back in to this delicious side dish.
I dare you to add a dollop of fresh ricotta to the top of this bowl.
Take a classic dish like fettuccine Alfredo and just add a ton of vegetables to the mix.
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.
Feta basically makes everything better in the summertime. I love that this recipe include some savory herbs, too.
This recipe hits that sweet and savory note with the peaches and tomatoes. It's like a pie, but for dinner!
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.
Who needs regular potato fries, when there's eggplant around during the summer? Pair these eggplant fries with a creamy yogurt dip.
Do yourself a favor and wrap your corn on the cob in bacon this summer.
Letting something simmer on the stove for 20 minutes might remind you of fall, but this vegetable jambalaya is intended for right now.
Wrap some fresh zucchini, thyme, corn, and goat cheese in a blanket of pastry dough. Your friends will love you forever and ever.
This soup is a great way to use up all that zucchini you might have purchased or discovered in your CSA box.
Top a creamy bed of polenta with all the oven-roasted vegetables your heart can handle.