These Quick Dinners Using Jarred Alfredo Sauce Will Be New Family Favorites

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Photo: Greg DuPree

In many times of need, jarred Alfredo sauce has been there for us. No energy to cook dinner? We're making pasta with Alfredo sauce. Need a Sunday night crowd-pleaser? Supremely comforting Creamy Alfredo Chicken Casserole feeds the whole family. At any given time, we have our pantries stocked with at least one jar of marinara and one of Alfredo. The latter cream-based sauce doesn't just go on pasta—we use Alfredo sauce in casseroles or as a slightly lighter, shelf-stable substitute to cream cheese.

If you're feeling really ambitious (or you've already used up the last jar of Alfredo sauce in your pantry), it's actually quite simple to make your own Alfredo sauce. Get your protein in with Buttermilk Alfredo Chicken Spinach Pasta. While both of these recipes give you tips on making your own Alfredo sauce, you can make the process even easier (and quicker!) by substituting jarred Alfredo sauce. Sprinkled with freshly-shaved Parmesan, the final dishes look so impressive that nobody will be able to tell the difference. Who knew Alfredo sauce would be your new favorite ingredient?

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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole

This is a great way to get them to eat their veggies. Our Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole sneaks in a whole 6 oz. package of fresh baby spinach within all that creamy, cheesy goodness.

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Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole and Cranberry Sauce
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas / Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford / Food Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Everyone's favorite Thanksgiving casserole has a little secret and it's not cream of mushroom soup. This recipe uses a container of refrigerated Alfredo sauce and is made in the slow cooker.

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Wild Mushroom Pasta Alfredo with Walnuts

Wild Mushroom Pasta Alfredo with Walnuts
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Wild Mushroom Pasta Alfredo with Walnuts

Layer the ingredients in your trusty slow cooker, cover and cook on high for 2 hours, and stir in 4 cups fresh baby spinach just before serving for a crowd-pleasing dinner the whole family will love.

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Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna

Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna

Toss together a package of mixed salad greens with 2 cups of both refrigerated unsweetened pink grapefruit sections and diced avocado, ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries, and 1/3 bottle poppy seed dressing for a simple side to serve with Chicken-and-Spinach Lasagna.

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Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini

Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini

Recipe: Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini

This contemporary twist on classic chicken Tetrazzini adds Italian prosciutto, peas, and Marsala.

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Shrimp Pizza

Shrimp Pizza
BECKY LUIGART-STAYNER

Recipe: Shrimp Pizza

To make this recipe even easier, we started with a prebaked Italian pizza crust. Spread it with your favorite store-bought Alfredo then pile on the toppings.

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Rainbow Pasta

This is a little crazy – but we know that the kids will love it. Dress up regular spaghetti night with these eccentric colored noodles, which are made simply by shaking the noodles with food coloring. Stir all the colors together for rainbow pasta!

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Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

Recipe: Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

Three kinds of cheese go into this baked wonder. You can add cooked rotisserie chicken to the mix if you're looking for a little protein.

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Buttermilk Alfredo Chicken Spinach Pasta

Buttermilk Alfredo Pasta with Chicken and Spinach
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Buttermilk Alfredo Chicken Spinach Pasta

From chicken to spinach to buttermilk-based Alfredo sauce, this loaded pasta dish has a lot going for it.

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Tuscan Pasta with Tomato-Basil Cream

Tuscan Pasta with Tomato-Basil Cream
Ralph

Recipe: Tuscan Pasta with Tomato-Basil Cream

This easy-as-can-be pasta is delicious enough for entertaining—or a romantic dinner for two. We mixed it up with a jar of sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce, which should be stocked right next to the classic Alfredo sauce in your grocery store.

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Chicken Tetrazzini with Prosciutto and Peas

Chicken Tetrazzini with Prosciutto and Peas
Jennifer R. Davick

Recipe: Chicken Tetrazzini with Prosciutto and Peas

Sweet baby English peas and salty prosciutto kick up classic chicken tetrazzini. White wine gives a delicious kick of flavor.

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Heavenly Chicken Lasagna

Heavenly Chicken Lasagna
Southern Living

Recipe: Heavenly Chicken Lasagna

If you're looking for comfort food, you've found it. We used reduced-fat refrigerated Alfredo sauce to make this casserole a bit lighter.

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Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna

Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna
SL Van Chaplin

Recipe: Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna

If you think making lasagna on a busy weeknight is out of the question, think again. This lasagna comes together in only 10 minutes thanks to refrigerated pesto sauce, Alfredo sauce, and frozen cheese-filled ravioli.

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Shrimp Casserole

Shrimp Casserole
Beth Dreiling

Recipe: Shrimp Casserole

Think Alfredo sauce is only good on pasta? Think again. This weeknight-friendly casserole pairs rice, Alfredo sauce, shrimp, and Cajun seasoning for a one-dish family favorite.

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