Make-Ahead Recipes

Casseroles, meatloaves, enchiladas, and slow cooker classics. These make-ahead greats are time-saving treasures.

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Baked Ziti II

Rating: 4.5 stars 1173
Creamy ricotta cheese, mozzarella, egg, and marinara combine to make a rich and filling sauce for cooked ziti. Top with Parmesan and bake for a delicious, classic Italian casserole.


Rating: 4.5 stars 1149
This terrific dish is loaded with succulent Mediterranean vegetables.

Chicken Pot Pies with Puff Pastry

Rating: 4.5 stars 67
For those of us who LOVE pot pies, but don't have all day to make them! This quick pot pie recipe can be altered with as many vegetables and seasonings as your heart desires. Its only crust is a square of puff pastry placed over the top of the bowl, which rises and browns beautifully. Use leftover chicken, or store-bought prepared chicken breasts if you're in more of a hurry!

The Best Parmesan Chicken Bake

Rating: 4.5 stars 2127
This chicken Parmesan is done casserole style (so, no breading or frying!), but still offers up that irresistible combination of tender chicken, crunchy/cheesy coating, and flavorful sauce.

Make-Ahead Manicotti

Rating: 4.5 stars 222
I have used this basic principle and adapted it to make stuffed shells and lasagna. If making lasagna, I buy a second, smaller jar of spaghetti sauce. I always feel like I need a bit more. Merry Manicotti!

Angel's Old Fashioned Beef Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 613
Beef chuck stewed with potatoes, carrots, celery, onions and beef broth for a homey favorite. The aroma that permeates throughout the house while the stew is simmering doesn't do it justice..delicious.

Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

Rating: 4.5 stars 670
These are a delicious make-ahead lunch to freeze as a handy lunch to bring to work! Just make, freeze, and then heat in the microwave for a very balanced meal.

Awesome Ham Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 291
I never seem to make enough of this salad. When people see the recipe, they look at me as if I am a little odd...but when they eat it they can't seem to stop! This recipe is great for kids and adults alike. The garlic is optional. Also, to lighten up the salad, substitute light mayonnaise, light sour cream, and turkey ham.

Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 593
A warm easy meal made even easier in the slow cooker. These sausages may be served in sandwiches, or over rice.

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

Rating: 4.5 stars 493
This is a great (time-consuming, but worth it) recipe. I keep losing it so I thought I'd post it on the web. Enjoy.

Easy French Toast Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 642
Delicious and decadent, simple spin on French toast. Got the idea from a bed and breakfast in the south. Add additional ingredients; we like blueberries and cream cheese, cinnamon apples, nuts, and dried fruit!

No-Cook Overnight Oatmeal

Rating: 4.5 stars 238
This no-cook overnight oatmeal, made with oats, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and fruit, is a hearty, on-the-go breakfast option for busy school mornings.

Inspiration and Ideas

Baked Ziti I
Rating: Unrated 8562
"My favorite ziti ever. I often make it for a neighbor or friend who needs a meal (I doubled it and made 3 square pans)." – LindsayAnne
Make-and-Freeze Casseroles
A freezer full of ready-to-bake casseroles is a key to home-cooked weeknight meals. Try these top-rated recipes.
Easy French Toast Casserole
Rating: 4.5 stars 596

French toast casserole is a delicious and decadent spin on the classic breakfast dish that can easily feed a crowd.