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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole

    Tuna Noodle Casserole with Homemade Sauce

    The Spruce

    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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    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.

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    One-Bowl Brownies

    Chocolate brownie

     

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    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.