The 28 Best Recipes to Cook This February

published Feb 1, 2023
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Does your cooking motivation wane as we move into the cold, dark mid-winter days of February? It sometimes does for me. So to keep myself motivated and make my time in the kitchen more fun this month, I’m setting a cooking challenge for myself — and it would be so fun if you join in too!

This February I challenge you (and myself!) to cook one recipe that feels extra cozy and comforting (chicken noodle soup casserole, perhaps), one recipe that feels like a treat to yourself (thinking chocolate snack cake with peanut butter frosting or pasta al limone), and one recipe that will bring your slow cooker out of retirement.

The one thing that gets me most excited for Super Bowl Sunday: the snacks (nachos are my go-to!). Even if your team isn’t playing or you’re not into football, it’s easy to get behind a tray of grilled wings, homemade pigs in a blanket (they’re easier than you think), and creamy spinach dip.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, we’ve long been of the mind that staying in and cooking (or baking!) something special at home is way more fun than going out. Embrace the day by cooking something special for yourself, your partner, a friend, or your family.

If you have some extra time on your hands this month (perhaps during the long weekend mid-month), consider cozying up in the kitchen with a project, like pan-fried chive pockets or sourdough cinnamon rolls. Or if you want to get in the Mardi Gras spirit, how about a king cake?

From Super Bowl Sunday to Valentine’s Day to Mardi Gras, plus cozy snow-day eats, there’s a huge selection of really fun and delicious things to cook and bake this month. February is a great time to hunker down in the kitchen and lean on slow-cooked braises, hearty soups, stews, and noodle dishes that are impossibly comforting and warm you from the inside out. We have all of that and lots more. Here are 28 of our favorite ideas to inspire your cooking (and baking!) all month long, because we want you to have a positively delicious month ahead.

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Pan-Fried Chive Pockets

Senior Recipe Editor, Christine, has these pockets at the top of her list for a fun weekend project this month.

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Pasta al Limone
This vibrant and creamy pasta is bursting with fresh lemon flavor.
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Slow Cooker Cream of Mushroom Soup

This creamy mushroom soup is elegant enough for date night, but because it's made in the slow cooker Staff Writer, Patty, isn't waiting for a special occasion.

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Instant Pot Bò Kho (Vietnamese Beef Stew)

This warming beef stew is ultra fragrant, thanks to lemongrass, star anise, ginger, and cinnamon.

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Jjajangmyeon (Korean Black Bean Noodles)

To have really good jjajangmyeon, Recipe Production Coordinator, Justine, quite literally has to take a plane, train, or automobile to a restaurant. "But with this easy recipe chock-full of flavorful ingredients — caramelized veggies, inky black bean paste, tart vinegar — I can enjoy black bean noodles at home as a weeknight treat!"

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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Parm

It’s one of the most satisfying meals to ever come out of the air fryer.

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Loaded Black Bean Nachos

Culinary Producer Kelli has a tradition to make nachos for the Super Bowl every year. "My toddler is also going to love helping me make (and eat!) these this year."

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Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ragù

A bed of buttery mashed potatoes is just right for cradling this homestyle chicken ragù.

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Chocolate Cake with Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Frosting

If you're looking for a Valentine's Day dessert that's guaranteed to impress, this is the one.

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Tamago Kake Gohan (Egg Over Rice)

When Recipe Director Lauren heard Culinary Producer James describe this egg over rice dish as life-changing, she knew she had to make it. "I love how simple and customizable it is!"

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Slow Cooker Spinach-Artichoke Dip

This dip is the best reason to bring your slow cooker out of retirement this month. It's the perfect addition to your Super Bowl spread and a great snack for cold, snowy weekends.

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Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole
This chicken noodle soup casserole has all the familiar flavors of the classic soup including gorgeous egg noodles studded with sliced onions, carrots, and celery.
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Steak in Red Wine Sauce

The buttery, herby red wine sauce really makes this steak something special.

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Silver Dollar Pancakes
For a bite-sized brunch treat, look no further than silver dollar pancakes.
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Grilled Chicken Wings

Reciper Director, Lauren, has these crispy wings bookmarked for the Super Bowl.

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Baked Oats

Unlike the hearty oatmeal you’re familiar with, baked oats taste just like an ultra-tender banana bread breakfast cake kissed with a hint of warm cinnamon, and studded with chocolate chips.

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

This version is sublimely comforting and easy enough to make on a weeknight.

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Sweetheart Snack Mix
This endlessly customizable snack mix is great for kids and adults of all ages, and is the perfect sweet and salty treat to always have on hand.
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Stuffed Meatloaf
Oozing with mozzarella or your favorite cheese, this stuffed meatloaf is a fun and cheesy twist on a classic.
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Raw and Roasted Radicchio Salad with Sweet Potato, Manchego, and Crunchy Seeds

This topping-heavy salad is designed so that it's all good parts: Roasted sweet potato keeps the radicchio's bitterness in check, and toasted sunflower seeds add crunch.

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Dark Chocolate Pots de Crème

Chocolate-lovers, this was made for you. It's rich, luxurious, and easy to pull off.

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Cabbage Roll Soup
All the classic flavors of stuffed cabbage rolls stewed together into an easy, filling soup.
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Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

Remember: You can use your sourdough starter to make cinnamon rolls. And they're amazing!

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Cumin-Roasted Carrots with Wild Rice and Chickpeas

You know that bag of carrots hanging out in the bottom of your crisper? This salad is the perfect way to turn them into a totally satisfying lunch or dinner.

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Pigs in a Blanket
Homemade pigs in a blanket are the perfect last-minute appetizer.
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Creamy Polenta with Mushroom Ragù

If you're lucky enough to have leftovers, Culinary Producer Kelli loves topping them with a fried egg.

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30-Minute Puff Pastry Doughnuts

These quick and easy doughnuts come together with a package of thawed puff pastry dough.

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King Cake

These multi-color, sparkly cakes are a Mardi Gras tradition. Here's everything you need to know for making one at home.

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