What's for Supper? Make-Ahead Italian Casseroles

Your family will love these delicious supper recipes. They're easy to make in advance.


At Southern Living, we think supper should be quick, easy, and delicious. Here's what's for supper. Hi, I'm Norman, from the Southern Living test kitchens. If you need to feed more than a few people and are pressed for time, a trustworthy casserole is your ideal supper solution. Making a casserole allows you to assemble when you have the time, [MUSIC] And to step away from the kitchen during baking, giving you the extra minutes you may need to get other things done. Here's some Italian style casseroles with flavors that everyone in your family will love. Pizza Spaghetti Casserole. Destined to become your kids' new favorite meal. This casserole recipe combines classic family favorites. Like pepperoni pizza and traditional spaghetti. It takes just seven ingredients, and 40 minutes of bake time to have pizza spaghetti casserole bubbling hot on your table. Unbaked, you can freeze it for up to a month. So make sure to prepare extras and save for a busy day. Spinach ravioli lasagna. A spin on classic lasagna, this white sauce version features a savory combination of fresh spinach, pesto, and Alfredo sauce. The recipe uses frozen ravioli instead of lasagna noodles to cut down on prep time, helping to bring this dish to the table in only 45 minutes. [MUSIC] [INAUDIBLE] Serve it with a Caesar Salad for a satisfying meal. Turkey Tetrazzini. Rich and creamy turkey tetrazzini is always a crowd pleaser. Begin with mushroom soup, and a jar of Alfredo sauce to jump start the recipe. Then toss the sauce with cooked turkey, and thin spaghetti. Peas, Swiss and Parmesan cheeses. [MUSIC] and fresh mushrooms. Crushed seasoned croutons form a flavorful crunchy topping, when it's finished baking. For creative variation, you can substitute cooked chicken or ham for the turkey. Chicken cannelloni with roasted red bell pepper sauce. A simple mixture of chicken, spinach and mozzarella turns cannelloni shells into this impressively easy one-dish meal. [MUSIC] The roasted red bell pepper sauce adds a zesty kick to the pasta and is a great alternative to tomato sauce. Four steps are all that's required to prepare the dish. Simply cook the cannelloni, and mix up the filling and fill the pasta, top it with a sauce, and bake. If you've never cooked cannelloni before, it's not hard. Simply follow the package directions and if you happen to break a few it's okay. Go ahead and use them anyway. They'll still taste just as delicious. Casseroles are one of the easiest answers when your family asks you what's for supper. Trust me, after trying these recipes, you won't give those store-bought casseroles a second look. For more great weeknight supper solutions, pick up a copy of Southern Living and visit southernliving.com.
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