50 Comfort Food Recipes You Can Make in the Summer

50 Comfort Food Recipes You Can Make in the Summer

Sheela Fiorenzo
Sep 2, 2018
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More often than not, summer recipes mean no-cook meals, crunchy salads, and other dishes that deserve the label refreshing. That's all well and good, but after a long, hard day at work, sometimes you need to tuck into 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, or bake a juicy fruit cobbler that's begging for a big scoop of ice cream.

Here are the 50 best 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 this tomato cobbler is the ticket. Just look at 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 it 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 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 an abundance of summer squash to use up? 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 breadcrumbs, 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 together in the slow cooker in the morning, and come home later 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 includes 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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24. Grilled Pesto Chicken Flatbreads

Store-bought naan makes these grilled flatbreads come together quickly, while sweet corn and basil pesto ensure they taste like summer.

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25. Strawberry Honey Butter

Slather this sweet butter on warm biscuits, scones, and muffins to ensure a spectacular start to your morning.

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26. The Ultimate Fresh Blueberry Cobbler

Warm blueberry cobbler just may be the end all, be all in terms of summer comfort food — just don't forget the vanilla ice cream.

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27. One-Skillet Salsa Pork Chops

A jar of salsa and a slew of market-fresh veggies turn pork chops into a weeknight meal the whole family will love.

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28. Skillet Ratatouille Cobbler

Similar to the tomato cobbler above, this skillet dish takes advantage of some of summer's best vegetables and encases them in the most buttery biscuits around.

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29. Sausage and Greens Breakfast Casserole

This cheesy casserole is the make-ahead brunch dish you've been searching for — it can be assembled the night before or even frozen unbaked for a few months.

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30. Easy Rainbow Icebox Cake

This creamy, cool dessert is about as fun as they come — you sure don't need to be a kid to appreciate its rainbow of colors.

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31. Smoky Portobello Mushroom Cheeseburgers

If you think a mushroom "burger" can't be comfort food, then you need to try this one. When the cap is filled with melty smoked gouda, it definitely qualifies.

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32. Trail Mix Cookies

These chewy oatmeal cookies, studded with dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate, are made for everything from summer-camp snacking to vacation hiking.

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33. Potsticker Stir-Fry

This simple stir-fry comes together quickly with the help of frozen dumplings, making it perfect for an easy summer weeknight meal.

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34. Tomato and Feta Galette

This juicy summer pie can be served warm or at room temperature, which makes it a contender for your next picnic.

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35. 3-Ingredient Pesto Zoodle Bowl

Reach for store-bought zoodles and this lunch or dinner bowl comes together in just a handful of minutes.

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36. Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita

These easy wraps are proof that it's always more fun to eat with your hands — we think your whole family will agree.

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37. Strawberry Blondies

These berry and white chocolate chunk-studded blondies are the ideal way to wrap up any summer occasion, be it a pool party or a picnic.

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38. Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad

The heap of rice noodles in this salad allows you to twirl to your heart's content, which is always a sign of comfort food in our mind.

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39. How To Make Orange Sherbet

If orange sherbet makes you, like us, feel like a kid again then you most definitely should run into the kitchen right now and make this recipe.

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40. Grilled Shrimp and Vegetable Grain Bowls

These grilled packets are a fun DIY project. Allow guests to assemble their own packet, adding whatever veggies they like.

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41. Grilled BBQ Chicken Wings

These tender wings are prepared in the slow cooker before being tossed quickly on the grill to get them smoky and caramelized.

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42. Cherry Pie Bars

Think of these sweet treats as your favorite cherry pie in bar form, which means they are perfect for toting to potlucks and other summer parties.

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43. Fast and Fancy Pork and Beans

Pork and beans are a summer cookout staple for many. This version calls for canned beans, so the whole thing comes together in just 30 minutes.

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44. Grilled Potato, Onion, and Bacon Skewers

It doesn't get much simpler than these potato and bacon kebabs, but when both are on a stick you can guarantee you've got comfort food in your hands.

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45. Summer Squash Risotto

This cheesy risotto is the ideal way to make use of that bumper crop of zucchini that appears mid-summer.

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46. Smoky Trout Macaroni Salad

This riff of macaroni salad is just as creamy as you'd hope for, plus it's got a boost of flavor from the smoked trout that's flaked and mixed in.

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47. Strawberry Cream Cheese Swirly Buns

These sweet breakfast buns can be prepped the night before, giving you extra time in bed in the morning before tossing them in the oven.

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48. How To Make Crispy, Juicy Fried Chicken

It's absolutely worth making a bit of a mess in the kitchen to make this ridiculously crispy fried chicken.

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49. Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake

There just might not be a better duo than chocolate and peanut butter — this icebox cake proves it.

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50. Caramelized Figs and Ravioli with Rosemary Brown Butter & Crispy Prosciutto

This comforting pasta is salty, sweet, and extra savory all at the same time. Plus it calls for store-bought ravioli, so it comes together in no time.

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