In our dreams, every day of summer is sunny with a high of 78 degrees (and zero humidity, of course). In reality, we often feel like we’re living inside a thunderstorm cloud. When the weather is misty and gray, we’re reaching for one of these 20 cozy rainy day recipes—you can think of them as sunshine in a dish.
20 Rainy-Day Recipes for Summer
White Risotto With Corn, Carrots And Kale
We see you begging to be used, farmers market haul. If you’re wondering what makes this risotto “white,” we’ll let you in on the secret: It’s onion, rice, white wine and Parm.
Ina Garten’s Updated Chicken Marbella
We might just be slicing into a piece of olive-y, garlic-y chicken, but we’re pretending we’re having a candlelit dinner with Ina Garten.
Crock-pot Corn Chowder
Creamy yet light, and you don’t even have to turn on the stove? Sign us up.
Summer Skillet Gnocchi With Grilled Corn And Burrata
Our recommendation? Use a grill pan so you don’t have to toil over those coals in the rain. (Oh, and be generous with that burrata.)
Cheater’s Skillet Lasagna With Corn And Cherry Tomatoes
If you thought lasagna was a cold-weather-only meal, think again. It’s all about what’s in the filling, and we’re swooning for zucchini and corn.
Cheater’s Spicy Sausage Pizza With Burrata
A mid-July forecast of 60 degrees calls for pizza. This one has plenty of meat, cheese and veggies for good measure.
Tomato Bisque With Fried Cheese
You had us at “fried cheese,” but the fact that we can use up our surplus of home-grown tomatoes doesn’t hurt.
30-minute Creamy Chicken, Corn And Tomato Skillet
Seasonal ingredients? Check. Three simple steps? Double check. Yep, just confirmed we’ll be making this meal on every rainy day from now until Labor Day.
Instant Pot Vegan Pho
What’s better than piping hot pho broth and slurpable noodles? The fact that this recipe is all made in an Instant Pot, that’s what.
Soft Polenta And Mushroom Bowls
Plant-based polenta is never a bad idea, but think about the fridge cleanout potential here. You could easily swap the mushrooms with whatever seasonal veggies you have on hand.
Skillet Pasta With Summer Squash, Ricotta And Basil
We know you were wondering what to do with all that squash from your garden. Voilà, a 30-minute meal just for you.
Curry Coconut Noodle Soup
Our favorite cozy dinner is a big bowl of something spicy, and Coterie member Gaby Dalkin’s easy spin on Thai food hits all the right notes.
30-minute One-pot Cheater’s Bouillabaisse
Grab a glass of wine and a crusty baguette, and you’re all set for the evening.
15-minute Mezze Plate With Toasted Za'atar Pita Bread
Think of this as the Mediterranean version of your usual charcuterie board. (And yes, we’re advocating for charcuterie boards as dinner.)
Zucchini Ricotta Galette
Normally this rustic, savory pie would serve eight, but since we’re taking at least two slices for ourselves…well, you do the math.
Whole-wheat Feta Tart With Caramelized Onions And Herbs
While we’re on the topic of savory pies, might we suggest a tart that’s filled with not one but two types of cheese? It looks really fancy, but it’s actually easy to master.
Cheater’s Skillet Paella
Don’t tell the Spaniards that we took some shortcuts, but our version of the hearty rice dish needs only one pan and one oven.
Poblano Corn Chicken Tortilla Soup
Cool days call for warm soup, and if it’s full of corn, avocado and lime, even better.
Spinach Salad With Hot Bacon Dressing
Save the Caesar and caprese for another day. Warm bacon dressing…need we say more?
Grain-free Red And Green Pork Posole Soup
This spin on Mexican hominy soup actually has zero hominy in it…but you won’t miss it. It’s warm enough for breezy nights (and days) without being too rich or heavy. (Thanks, Coterie member Phoebe Lapine.)