39+ Recipes that Use A Lot of Milk

Milk is a versatile ingredient that can be used in countless dishes, adding richness, creaminess, and a depth of flavor. So, if you’re looking for ways to use up that gallon in your fridge, we’ve got you covered. Here’s 39+ recipes that really let milk shine.

The BEST Ways to Use Up a Gallon of Milk

Hand holding cream colored mug of honey cardamom latte next to small dish of honey and honey wand.
This Cardamom Latte with honey is deliciously creamy and fragrant with a hint of sweetness from a swirl of honey. It’s the perfect warm beverage to start your day with.
Cardamom Latte
Overhead close up of prepared pancake ready to serve.
This strawberry dutch baby pancake has delicious crispy edges & a puffy center. Topped with a tangy lemon sugar that's not to be missed!
Strawberry Dutch Baby
Hand holding cup of golden milk latte.
This Golden Milk Latte Concentrate is easy to make ahead. When you want to enjoy a Golden Milk Latte simply combine this healthy vanilla-scented turmeric blend with your favorite milk and enjoy warm or cold. 
Golden Milk Latte
Hand scooping into spoon bread.
Spoon Bread with Cheddar Cheese combines the savoriness of cornbread and the softness of a souffle in one delicious dish! Made with savory scallions and sharp cheddar cheese, you won’t be able to get enough of this classic Southern recipe.
Spoon Bread
Two hands holding bowl of cooked polenta.
This Creamy Parmesan Polenta recipe makes a delicious side dish. Irresistibly delicious with parmesan cheese, but simple to make with just 5-ingredients: polenta, parmesan, milk, chicken broth and butter. Yum!
Parmesan Polenta
Two green smoothies on counter with metal straws.
This Green Goddess Smoothie features Kale, Almond Milk and Apples, and is the perfect, healthy way to start your day.
Green Goddess Smoothie
Piece of lasagna in serving dish.
This show-stopping Lasagna with Bechamel is layered with a slow-simmered meat sauce and homemade bechamel sauce. It’s a creamy, close-to-authentic Italian lasagna you’ll never forget!
Lasagna with Bechamel
Hand holding blackberry smoothie
This Healthy Blackberry Smoothie is the perfect way to start your day. Made without banana, it’s amazingly rich and creamy, and packed with Vitamin C.
Blackberry Smoothie
Overhead close up of blue cheese gnocchi tossed with prosciutto and spinach.
This Blue Cheese Gnocchi with Frizzled Prosciutto is pure decadence. A rich blue cheese sauce coats the gnocchi which is tossed with a bit of fresh spinach and topped with some crispy prosciutto. 
Blue Cheese Gnocchi
Overhead shot of dutch baby in cast iron skillet.
This dutch baby pancake, also called a German pancake, has delicious crispy edges, with an airy, puffy center. Topped with tangy lemon sugar and fresh blackberries. It will quickly become a favorite breakfast recipe!
Blackberry Dutch Baby
Bowl of pea and bacon pasta on white counter.
This Pasta with Peas and Bacon comes together in just 20 minutes! It's a delicious (and budget friendly) dinner that's perfect for any night of the week. 
Pasta with Bacon & Peas
Canele cakes arranged on cooling rack.
It's not the canele recipe that makes great caneles; it's the process! With the right equipment and this tried-and-true technique, you'll make perfect French caneles with crisp, caramelized shells and luscious custardy centers.
Blackberry cornbread muffins on cooling rack slathered with honey butter.
These are the BEST Blackberry Cornbread Muffins. Bursting with blackberries and served with creamy whipped honey butter.
Blackberry Cornbread Muffins
Soft pretzel dipped in cheese sauce.
Make this ooey gooey 4-ingredient pretzel cheese dip to serve along with pretzel bites for an easy crowd-pleasing appetizer that will have everyone coming back for more!
Pretzel Cheese Dip
Overhead close up of bowl of hungarian mushroom soup.
This Hungarian Mushroom Soup with Fresh Dill is rich, with hints of smokiness and a great umami flavor. It’s the perfect bowl of soup to warm up with this season!
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Side view of blackberry muffin in parchment paper liner.
The BEST Blackberry Muffins. Bursting with blackberries and topped with a cinnamon-cardamom crumble topping.
Blackberry Muffins
Tuna Noodle Casserole with Piquillo Peppers and Gruyere Cheese is an upgraded version of the classic tuna noodle casserole. Spiked with a bit of white wine and topped with buttery parmesan breadcrumbs – Yum! | platingsandpairings.com
This easy Tuna Noodle Casserole with Cheese is an upgraded version of classic tuna noodle casserole. Spiked with piquillo peppers, white wine & topped with panko.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl topped with blueberries, coconut, almonds, kiwi and pumpkin seeds.
This vibrant Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl is a thick and creamy smoothie made with pitaya, tropical fruit, and almond milk. It’s the perfect, healthy way to start the day.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
This easy Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Soup is creamy, flavorful, and quick! Russet potatoes and aromatic ingredients come together in a pressure cooker to create a velvety soup you can load with toppings and serve for a weeknight meal.
Instant Pot Cheesy Potato Soup
Two bowls of pasta with white bolognese.
This White Bolognese Sauce combines beef & Italian sausage in this silky, rich & delicately spiced sauce that’s perfect for topping a bowl of pasta!
White Bolognese Meat Sauce
Two hands holding bowl of potato cheese soup.
This Smoky Chipotle Potato Cheese Soup is the perfect recipe to warm you up on chilly days. It’s thick & creamy with just a hint of spicy heat.
Potato Cheese Soup with Chipotle
Homemade hot chocolate is a warm hug in a mug. Gather around the people you love most and get out the marshmallows and whip cream for a real chocolatey treat.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Homemade Hot Chocolate
This baked macaroni and cheese recipe is a throwback to a childhood classic with an extra cheesy, velvety sauce and all the crispy crusty parts everyone will fight over.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Snowy white, with a dusting of fresh nutmeg and just the right splash of booze, our homemade eggnog recipe is here to give your holidays a seriously delicious glow-up.
Recipe: The Modern Proper
Homemade Strawberry Mint Ice Cream is made with wholesome ingredients such as whole milk, cream, and raw honey, combined with the sweetness of ripe strawberries.
Recipe: Life Around the Table
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
Explore our original Spanish flan recipe for a creamy, caramel-topped dessert. Perfect your culinary skills with this simple, classic guide.
Recipe: Also The Crumbs Please
Spanish Flan
Vanilla Custard is so rich & creamy. Serve with fresh fruit for a simple & delicious dessert, or up-level a trifle, cake, or pie!
Recipe: Spend with Pennies
Homemade Vanilla Pudding
This french chocolate flan is a baked chocolate custard in pastry which is rich, creamy and chocolatey – a decadent dessert!
Recipe: Bonni Bakery
Chocolate Custard Tart
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream ~ a homemade ice cream that tasted just like cookie dough! If you’re a cookie dough fiend, you’ve found your fix!
Recipe: The View From Great Island
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Learn how to make galatopita — a Greek pie made with a milk and semolina custard. It’s creamy, dreamy and just plain delightful.
Recipe: Souvlaki For The Soul
Greek Milk Pie (Galatopita)
You will love the subtle, complementary flavours of honey and Earl Grey tea in this light, refreshing Panna Cotta.
Recipe: Life Around the Table
Earl Grey Panna Cotta
Overnight French toast casserole turns sandwich bread into a tasty breakfast! This make-ahead breakfast is a perfect holiday breakfast.
Recipe: i Heart Eating
Overnight French Toast Casserole
This old-fashioned rice pudding recipe is made with 7 pantry-staple ingredients. This recipe is so simple and makes super creamy pudding!
Recipe: i Heart Eating
Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding
Ham and Asparagus Strata is an easy, make-ahead breakfast casserole for a stress-free brunch. Cubed bread is layered with ham, sautéed vegetables, an egg and milk mixture, and shredded cheese.
Recipe: From Valerie's Kitchen
Ham and Asparagus Strata
This Creamy Ham and Potato Soup recipe is easy to make, ready to go in about 30 minutes, and SO flavorful and creamy and delicious!
Recipe: Gimme Some Oven
Creamy Ham and Potato Soup
Thinly sliced potatoes are baked in a garlicky cream sauce and covered in two kinds of cheese in this comforting casserole! You simply must serve these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes at your next holiday meal.
Recipe: Joyful Healthy Eats
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Here's how to make a perfectly creamy bowl of rolled oats (or old-fashioned oats) with milk. Inspired by Dalia, a South Asian porridge, this recipe shares how to make your oatmeal with milk in the optimal way.
Recipe: Tea For Turmeric
Oatmeal Made with Milk
This lemon chicken orzo soup will become your new go-to chicken soup. The fresh, creamy, lemony broth is the perfect slurping soup for chilly evenings.
Recipe: Life Around the Table
Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup
Atole De Avena, or oatmeal drink, is a warm, comforting drink so versatile that it can be enjoyed as a snack, dessert or as a calming bedtime drink.
Recipe: Life Around the Table
Atole de Avena (Comforting Oatmeal Drink)

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39+ Ways to Use a Gallon of Milk

If you're looking for ways to use up that gallon of milk your fridge, we've got you covered. Here's 39+ recipes that use a lot of milk! Try this Hungarian Mushroom Soup with Fresh Dill. It's rich, with hints of smokiness and a great umami flavor.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion (diced )
  • 1 pound mushrooms sliced (white, cremini and/or a mix of wild mushrooms like chanterelles)
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 3 cups vegetable stock (chicken stock or bone broth)
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill (or 2 tsp. dried dill)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the onions and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms have released their liquids and it has evaporated, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Mix in the flour and paprika and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the stock, soy sauce and milk, bring to a gentle boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and mix in the sour cream, lemon juice, dill and parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1080mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1430IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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