Rainy Day Recipes

Comfort food is definitely on the menu

When the weather forecast calls for a cold rainy day, comfort food sounds the most appealing. Staying indoors playing games, watching movies, and spending some quality time with family can give you the chance to make amazing and comforting food for the people you love.

Our collection of recipes ranges from brunch morsels to casseroles to belly-warming soups. So roll up your sleeves and ask everyone to chip in. Rainy can also mean tasty!

  • 01 of 08

    Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese

    Baked macaroni and cheese
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    A beloved American staple, a mac and cheese bowl doesn't have to come out of a box. Making this creamy dish at home from scratch will be quick and easy, and totally delicious. A combination of cottage cheese, mascarpone, and Gruyere make a creamy base that combined with eggs gives the pasta a bold texture.

    Buttery and filling, this casserole is baked with a panko topping to give an extra layer of yum. Add extra toppings for everyone to choose from, like crispy bacon, creamed spinach, or crunchy vegetables. Prepare, bake, and serve in one hour.

  • 02 of 08

    Chicken and Biscuits

    Chicken and Biscuits

     The Spruce

    Chicken and biscuits together form a filling and decadent American classic. Easy to make, our recipe uses slowly simmered vegetables, tender chicken breasts, and a rich gravy to top a hot buttermilk biscuit.

    Cook chicken breast on the bone, for flavor, with onions and herbs and use that as the base of your casserole. Top with peas and creamy gravy. Make the dough and cover the chicken and peas. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve with a fresh salad.

    Despite the many steps, this easy recipe is ready in one hour and 15 minutes.

  • 03 of 08

    Crock pot French Onion Soup

    French onion soup

     The Spruce

    People think of French onion soup as a dish they can only get at a restaurant because of its elaborate presentation when in truth it's fairly easy to make and great for when it's cold outside. Set your crock pot in the morning and enjoy this dish at night.

    Cook the onions in butter and olive oil until soft and place them in your slow cooker with beef broth, spices, and flour. Let cook for seven to nine hours. Once the soup is ready, top with toasted bread and cheese and put under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly.

    Our recipe uses traditional Gruyere cheese as the topper, but any melting cheese will work. You could also add vegan cheese and replace the beef broth with vegetable broth to make this dish vegan-friendly. Ready in nine hours.

  • 04 of 08

    Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole

    Tuna Noodle Casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Because this dish is so versatile and adaptable, each family has a favorite tuna casserole. Varied veggies add different textures, and soup-based sauces provide a variety of flavors. Some people choose to top the casserole with breadcrumbs and others with cheese, but no matter your favorite, give ours a try. It features tuna, pimientos, and peas brought together by a creamy homemade sauce of mayonnaise and mushrooms. Use egg noodles for a hearty texture and top with buttery panko crumbs.

    This flavorful dish is ready in 45 minutes.

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  • 05 of 08

    Country Ham and Split Pea Soup

    Split Pea Soup

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    Split pea soup is a great appetizer for a cold winter night and can be a whole meal when you add ham or any other meat. Carrots, celery, and onions give texture and flavor to a soup that's enhanced by ham hocks and beer flavors.

    Once the soup has cooked, the ham hocks get cleaned and the ham chunks go back in the pot. Serve with shredded Swiss or Cheddar cheese, fresh sourdough bread, and whipped butter for a satisfying but light meal that warms up a rainy day.

    Ready in two hours and 40 minutes.

  • 06 of 08

    Turkey Green Chili

    Turkey green chili recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    This beautiful green chili can be made in just 30 minutes and is an ideal addition to a rainy day menu. Warming and filling, it's filled with protein from turkey and beans and has a beautiful texture thanks to the hominy and vegetables. Beer and broth form the base for this delicious soup.

    Serve with white rice or corn tortillas, slices of avocado, and pico de gallo salsa. If you want a vegetarian version, double the number of beans, skip the turkey and use vegetable broth.

  • 07 of 08

    Ham and Brie Grilled Cheese

    Grilled Cheese with Ham, Brie and Caramelized Onion and Apple Spread

    The Spruce

    This innovative version of a grilled cheese hits all the right spots. Creamy from the Brie and salty from the ham, it also has a sweet note from caramelized apples and onions and is undeniably crunchy thanks to the toasted sourdough.

    Use pre-made caramelized onion and apple spread or buy any onion marmalade at your local store. Crisp the ham in a pan, add the spread, and place the mixture on a toasted and buttered piece of bread that's been covered in Brie slices. Close your sandwich with another slice of crusty bread. Ready in 15 minutes.

    If you can't find an apple-onion spread, make your own caramelized onions by adding three peeled, cubed sweet apples and two tablespoons of maple syrup to the onions two hours before the crock pot finishes.

  • 08 of 08

    One-Bowl Brownies

    One-Bowl Cocoa Brownies

    The Spruce / Jessie Sheehan

    What's a cold day indoors without a baking session? These one-bowl brownies are a great option to get your chocolate fix while you're trapped indoors.

    Use olive oil and butter for fat, cocoa powder, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and flour. Mix and bake! That's all there is to it and the result is an amazing and chewy brownie that's perfectly chocolatey without being too sweet. Sprinkle sea salt for the perfect sweet-salty combo and serve with a strong espresso. Ready in 30 minutes.