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    Make-Ahead Spicy Olive Pasta

    This is a fancy version of my grandchildren's favorite baked spaghetti. It feels like such a special dinner, and it's so cozy for winter. —Louise Miller, Westminster, Maryland

    Sausage Manicotti with Pumpkin Sauce

    This manicotti is a wonderful change from typical pumpkin dishes in the fall. —Barry Dale, Puyallup, Washington


    Creamy Avocado Manicotti

    I am always looking for creative ways to make vegetarian dinners a little different. I grow my own basil,...


    Cheeseburger Stuffed Pasta Shells

    14 reviews

    You could call this a comfort food mashup made in heaven. Jumbo stuffed pasta shells are loaded up with cheeseburger...


    Five-Cheese Ziti al Forno

    10 reviews

    After having the five-cheese ziti at Olive Garden, I tried to make my own version of it—and I think I...

    Crunchy White Baked Macaroni & Cheese

    2 reviews

    This creamy, bubbly, indulgent classic is down-home comfort food at its finest. The topping is made with panko bread crumbs...


    Crumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese

    5 reviews

    Everyone loves this grown-up macaroni and cheese. It's also tasty with sharp cheddar and cream cheese instead of Gruyere and...

    Sassy Southwest Stuffed Shells

    1 review

    When I was a child, my mom made this dish quite often. When I came across her recipe on an...


    Perfect Four-Cheese Lasagna

    4 reviews

    Lasagna is one of my favorites, and this is the recipe I’ve been making since I was a teenager. It’s...


    Artichoke & Spinach Chicken Casserole

    6 reviews

    Try this homey and comforting casserole for an alternate main dish at Thanksgiving. The spinach adds nice color, and the...


    Broccoli Orzo Bake

    Orzo pasta makes this bake a sensational alternative to the classic broccoli casserole. There's a nice blend of cheese and...

    Taco Noodle Dish

    9 reviews

    I got creative while we were housebound during a snowstorm one winter...and used ingredients I had on hand to come...


    Baked Lasagna Roll-Ups

    13 reviews

    This baked lasagna is far better tasting than any store-bought version. Ham and spinach combine for fabulous flavor. —Delia Kennedy,...


    Pepperoni Lasagna

    8 reviews

    I've served this satisfying lasagna for years - when our children were small, they preferred it more than a steak...


    Enchilada Stuffed Shells

    18 reviews

    I served this entree to my husband, my sister and my brother-in-law, who is a hard-to-please eater. He said he...


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    Chicken Broccoli Shells

    18 reviews

    This cheesy entree is a make-ahead dream. Just assemble it ahead of time and put it in the oven when...

    Loaded Chicken Carbonara Cups

    2 reviews

    Spaghetti cupcakes with a chicken carbonara twist make for a tasty, fun family dinner. Whole wheat pasta and reduced-fat ingredients...


    Cheesy Lasagna

    5 reviews

    The four different types of cheese make this lasagna a real crowd-pleaser. You can vary the amount of mozzarella, Monterey...


    Chicken Manicotti with White Sauce

    8 reviews

    I like making this dish for special occasions. You can also use low-fat ingredients, and it turns out just as...


    Spicy Breakfast Lasagna

    3 reviews

    It's fun to cook something new for family and friends—especially when it gets rave reviews. When I took this dish...


    Spaghetti Pizza

    3 reviews

    I got this recipe from a local radio cooking program. It's easy to assemble and features traditional pizza ingredients over...


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    Chili Mac Casserole

    32 reviews

    This cheesy casserole uses several of my family's favorite ingredients, including macaroni, kidney beans, tomatoes and cheese. Just add a...


    Italian Baked Chicken

    13 reviews

    For a casual get-together, this saucy herbed chicken is a terrific choice. Serve it over angel hair pasta for a...


    Whole Wheat Pasta Bake

    6 reviews

    With a casserole this rich and saucy, it’s tempting to skip the crunchy topping and dip a fork straight into...

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    Fontina Chicken & Pasta Bake

    14 reviews

    Eat it tonight, or freeze it for later. This cheesy casserole is still awesome months after you make it. —Taste...


    Thanksgiving Stuffed Shells

    2 reviews

    Leftover turkey, dressing and sweet potatoes make terrific stuffing for jumbo pasta shells. We add cheese and use turkey gravy...


    Greek Spaghetti with Chicken

    9 reviews

    Flavorful spaghetti surely provides a comforting dinner. Featuring chicken, spinach and two types of cheese, this is a crowd-pleaser. —Melanie...


    Chicken & Swiss Casserole

    15 reviews

    It's nice to have an alternative to the traditional baked ham on Easter. This comforting casserole is always a crowd...


    Chicken Garden Medley

    24 reviews

    After my family sampled this dish at a friend's house, it quickly became a favorite—especially with our teenage daughters, who...


    Meatless Lasagna

    2 reviews

    "This saucy lasagna is one of my specialties," says Sharon Allen of Allentown, Pennsylvania. "It's packed with fresh-tasting vegetables, such...