The 29 Best Recipes to Cook This February

published Feb 1, 2024
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Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Food Stylist: Kelli Foster

While January was the perfect time to slow down after the holidays, February has us feeling a bit more refreshed for the year. And it’s packed with festivities!

We’re looking forward to the Super Bowl with creamy dips, sliders, and chicken wings. To celebrate Mardi Gras, we’ve got Cajun gumbo and shrimp & grits. And for Valentine’s Day, we’ll be making desserts like two-ingredient chocolate mousse and brown butter raspberry shortbread. 

And don’t worry — our editors’ picks for the best February recipes don’t forget the comforting soups and hearty stews that’ll keep you warm during those cold and snowy evenings.

From easy one-pan meals to cozy classics, we have recipes that everyone will love. Here are 29 recipes to cook this February (don’t forget that February 29 is a leap day!), including top picks from The Kitchn editors.

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Parmesan-Herb Dutch Baby with Garlic-Butter Mushrooms

Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Funston, is a fan of this savory version of a Dutch baby. "We posted a Reel that has racked up more than 5 million views on Instagram and has now convinced all of us that it's the year of the savory Dutch baby!"

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4-Ingredient Cajun Sausage and Broccoli Skillet
This one-pan dinner comes together in just 30 minutes — and packs in a ton of flavor.
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Harissa Orange Chicken Thighs

Culinary Producer Rachel Perlmutter is excited to make this four-ingredient recipe. "I will not let February go by without trying Kelli's harissa orange chicken thighs! The second I saw the photo, I knew I had to make them."

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One-Pan Creamy Lemon-Dill Tortellini

When you're short on time, look no further than this one-pan tortelini. You only need 20 minutes!

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Cheesy Garlic Bread

Recipe Director, Lauren Miyashiro's, pick is James' cheesy garlic bread. "His garlic bread is UNREAL. I can't wait to make it again for Super Bowl."

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Chicken Parmesan
Looking for the best Chicken Parm? You've come to the right place. Our recipe has it all: crispy chicken topped with marinara, Parmesan, and gooey mozzarella.
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Sheet Pan Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Feta

Senior Food Editor, Kristina Razon, is on a salad kick. "I made Rachel's amazing holiday salad, and I'm very much looking forward to making her latest (and very gorgeous) sheet pan salad."

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One-Pan Tuscan Chicken

The creamy sauce makes this chicken totally irresistible. It's no wonder it was our second most popular recipe in January.

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Alison Roman's Buttermilk Pancakes

Senior Lifestyle Editor, Mara Weinraub, is definitely a pancake person. "After seeing the headlines for this pancake showdown winner, I turned to Lauren and asked her just how good these pancakes are — and she raved about them. So now I must try them and see how they stack up to my current fave."

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Cajun Gumbo

This humble Southern stew represents the marriage of cultures, subtleties of tradition, local ingredients, and, above all, community. It's perfect for Mardis Gras.

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Roasted Tomato Soup

Staff Writer, Patty Catalano, calls for this cozy homemade tomato soup. "Tomato soup and grilled cheese is one of my favorite winter dinners. I can't wait to ditch the can in favor of this roasted tomato soup."

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Mushroom Parmesan

Senior Food Editor, Kristina Razon, plans on making this recipe again. "Kelli's mushroom Parmesan is one of the best recipes I cross-tested last month. It's been added to the rotation!"

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13 / 29
Shrimp and Grits
Learn how to make the best classic Southern shrimp and grits at home with creamy, cheesy grits.
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Easy Chocolate Mousse

Editor-in-Chief, Lindsay Funston, loves this simple version of this classic dessert. "Easy chocolate mousse with two ingredients is about all I have energy for this Valentine's Day."

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Not sure what to bring to a Super Bowl party? The answer is always this dip.

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Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Senior Food Editor, Kristina Razon, is looking forward to making this creamy comfort food in her Instant Pot. "My Instant Pot has been languishing in my basement, but I can't wait to dust it off so that I can make this super-quick mac and cheese!"

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17 / 29
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Tender chunks of beef and hearty bites of carrots and potatoes make this slow cooker stew the ultimate winter dinner.
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Saag Paneer

Culinary Producer, James Park, has bookmarked this vibrant spinach dish. "I'm VERY excited to make this saag paneer! It look very approachable and very flavorful too."

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19 / 29
Kimchi Fried Rice
This classic Korean comfort food is made with kimchi, cold rice, and a perfect balance of spicy and salty seasonings.
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3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies

Recipe Director, Lauren Miyashiro, can't wait to make these soft and chewy cookies. "Kelli's oatmeal cookies are on my list! You only need three ingredients (that I already have in my kitchen)."

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Brined Chicken Wings

Brining is a foolproof method for the best chicken wings. Serve with blue cheese dressing, carrot sticks, and celery sticks for the Super Bowl.

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Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup
Thinly sliced lemon gives this comforting soup extra depth of flavor.
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Sizzling Fish

Senior Recipe Editor, Christine Gallary, plans on making this Cantonese steamed fish that's topped with ginger, green onions, and fermented black beans. "I'm excited to celebrate Lunar New Year with my family and make a whole steamed fish for good luck!"

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Ham and Cheese Sliders

These sliders have it all: sweet slices of ham, irresistibly gooey Swiss cheese, squishy Hawaiian rolls, and a savory butter drizzled over top. They'll be a guaranteed hit at your Super Bowl party!

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Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow

Staff Writer, Patty Catalano, plans on making this sweet treat for Valentine's Day. "While we don't serve fancy Valentine's Day dinner, it is fun to mark the holiday. I'm going to make Kelli's Valentine's Day puppy chow, and because there's no peanut butter in them it's safe for my kids to enjoy at school."

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Scallion Pancakes
You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to whip up a batch at home with ingredients you already have in your pantry.
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Brown Butter Raspberry Shortbread

Senior Lifestyle Editor, Mara Weinraub, is excited to make this buttery shortbread."I plan on making these holiday cookies for the in-office Valentine's Day party!"

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Sour Cream and Charred Scallion Dip

This easy dip tastes just like the iconic potato chip you love — but better. It's the perfect dip for the Super Bowl.

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Gooey Skillet Texas Sheet Cake
Make Texas sheet cake in a skillet with a rich, chocolatey cake, roasted pecans, and fudgy frosting.
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