These Quick Dinners Using Jarred Alfredo Sauce Will Be New Family Favorites
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. Our recipe for Fettucine Alfredo with Leeks, Peas, and Bacon is an ideal selection for at-home date night—after all, you can never go wrong with some heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Or 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?
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
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.
Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini
Recipe: Chicken Marsala Tetrazzini
This contemporary twist on classic chicken Tetrazzini adds Italian prosciutto, peas, and Marsala.
Fettucine Alfredo with Leeks, Peas, and Bacon
Leeks and peas bring pops of freshness to this springtime pasta dish that comes almost entirely from your pantry and freezer.
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.
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!
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.
Buttermilk Alfredo Chicken Spinach Pasta
From chicken to spinach to buttermilk-based Alfredo sauce, this loaded pasta dish has a lot going for it.
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.
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.
Heavenly Chicken Lasagna
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.
Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini
It will only take 20 minutes to get this Southern-favorite in the oven thanks to canned cream of mushroom soup, pre-cooked chicken, and—of course—jarred Alfredo sauce.
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.
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.