before you turn your ambitions toward elaborate entrees and decadent desserts, start with something simple: one-dish wonders, inspired by comfort food favorites, chosen to stoke your fall cooking fires.
Soaking up all the flavor of sweet-and-spicy spaghetti sauce, these oven-baked ravioli get the bonus of that cheese-topped meltiness. You know the kind—burnt edges, gooey middle, a.k.a. heaven on earth.
Classic pizza taste, no slicing required. This one-pan dish has pepperoni mixed in for that spicy richness everyone loves. Big batches are definitely recommended.
Also known as Mac and Cheese and Cheese and Cheese and Cheese.
10 minutes of prep time. That’s life-changing, people. Meaning a rich, satisfying dinner no longer requires tons of effort. Just tons of hungry.
This recipe is filled with ingenious cooking hacks, like boiling the shrimp in the last few minutes of cooking the pasta and popping the fresh ingredients in the oven to get a hint of roasty finish. Tricky-licious, we call that.
It’s the perfect mix of spicy Mexican zest on a luscious pasta base. Toss in the corn and tortilla chips, and it’s bueno in a big way.
If 10-minute prep time is on the menu, check this: a hearty, tasty meal that comes together quickly.
It’s the classic casserole, using smart shortcuts to get a meal on the table ASAP. Grab a rotisserie chicken, raid the fridge, and dinner’s in the oven in 5 minutes flat.
Little one-bite tortellinis are universally loved. What’s awesome about that, you ask? This delicious casserole also mixes in veggies. So picky eaters get good stuff in them. Win and win.
Love cheese, love spaghetti, love classic casseroles? This dish has it all, mixing in favorites and baking it up into a bubbly concoction everyone will love times a million.
Pasta is truly an international dish, with roots in Asia, popularity in Italy, and eventual worldwide domination. In this twist, a little South-of-the-border spice puts a few more miles on pasta’s passport.
In this delicious stuffed-pasta recipe, the chicken and the egg are reunited, made extra-amazing with melted cottage cheese and basil.
The scoop on this dish is that it tastes like an authentic, fussed-over lasagna, but is way easier to make. Just boil, mix, bake, and fight over who gets the last helping!
Love the fresh-and-healthy flavor that squash brings to a dish? This casserole mixes it in with creamy dairy and the soft and sweet/earthy flavor of sage—so perfect together.
Yippie-kai-yay-hungry? A hint of jalapeños and the satisfying flavor of bacon will set you right. No chuckwagon needed, just round up the herd and get ready for complements on the grub.