We make a version of lasagna that I call "Almost Lasagna" that is very versatile and easy to make ahead and heat later. Add a crusty bread and bagged salad, and dinner is complete!
My kids like this next recipe so much that they've said, "Mom, dinner was really good. Can we have it again tomorrow night?" Now, that works for me!
Our recipe blogger makes this simple pasta dinner in under 30 minutes using store-bought tortellini, sausage, and edamame beans.
My kids love Italian sausage, and when baked alongside a whole cut-up chicken, it infuses it with its wonderful flavor. The chicken is tender and succulent, and the garlic cloves, tossed into the roasting pan still in their skins, become soft and sweet and are perfect for spreading on toasted French bread or stirring into mashed potatoes.
These rich raviolis, stuffed with a creamy butternut squash puree, are simple and delicious. Get Alison Needham's great recipe here.
Named after the famous Italian tomato-mozzarella salad, this is a nearly instant, super-fresh recipe that's bursting with the summery flavors of juicy vine-ripened tomatoes and fragrant basil. Use as much of the fresh mozzarella as your budget will allow -- although if you're eating this as a side dish rather than a main course, you could skip the cheese altogether. And feel free to improvise: use halved cherry tomatoes, if that's what you've got, or add a few tablespoons of pesto, if you can't scare up any fresh basil.
Pasta salad is one of my favorite summertime meals. The versatility is never ending so it's always new, but always easy. Add a loaf of crusty bread and fresh lemonade or iced tea and you have a terrific beat-the-heat dinner. Making pasta salad is so simple and this formula will help you on your way to being a pasta salad expert.
Bring new flair to homemade pizza by putting a Mexican spin on toppings.
Turn Caprese salad leftovers into the most addictively delicious main-dish salad in the world. This quick and easy recipe will dazzle your kids, although they might prefer to call it Soggy Pizza Salad.
If you must feed zillions of people during the holidays, you want something uncomplicated, popular, and make-ahead-able. Lasagna is a great solution, and this recipe is not only delicious but very easy.