Family-Style Food

Dessert Fruit Pizza
It's no surprise that 21st-century ways have taken their toll on family time. Here are 21 ways to lure your family back to the table, including bubbly mac and cheese and shortbread cookie pizza. Whether you're serving four or 24, these family-style recipes are sure to please.

Fresh Tomato-Pancetta Meat Sauce

Servings: 7

 

Nothing brings the family together quite like a bowl of spaghetti. Make tonight's meat sauce like never before: with pancetta! The Italian bacon makes a pleasantly salty sidekick for beef and fresh roma tomatoes.

 

Spicy Vegetable Fried Rice

Servings: 4

Takeout again? We don't think so! Make your favorite Asian dish on the cheap and in less than 30 minutes with this easy (and healthy!) fried rice recipe. Not a fan of spicy things? Skip the Sriracha.

Best Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Servings: 6

Admit it -- you love mac and cheese just as much as the little ones. Enjoy the childhood fave draped and baked in four bubbly cheeses: Gouda, cheddar, Swiss, and Parm. 

Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Pockets

Servings: 24

Some recipes you don't outgrow. Homemade hot pockets one-up the frozen stuff thanks to fresh mushrooms, Italian sausage, and lush cream cheese.

Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole

Servings: 6

Chicken casserole's got a new look! The low-calorie casserole swaps white rice for brown rice and home-cooked chicken for precooked, and tosses in a few extra veggies. A squeeze of lemon keeps this classic childhood casserole extra fresh.

French Garden Soup

Servings: 6

Ooh la la! This French garden soup is a delicious (and pretty) way to get kiddos to eat their greens. Best of all, the tomato soup spinoff can be saved in the freezer up to a month. 

Classic Lasagna

Bechemel -- a popular French white sauce -- and classic Italian tomatoes mingle in this marvelous lasagna recipe. Slice up some garlic bread and dig in!

Fresh Mexican Salad Pizza

Servings: 4

Mix it up on pizza night with our fun Mexican-salad version. The colorful pizza calls for south-of-the-border ingredients like mango, avocado, salsa, and cool queso fresco. 

Oven-Fried Chicken

Servings: 6

Oven-fried chicken is easier to make than you think. Coat butter-brushed chicken legs in a mix of seasonings and crushed cornflakes cereal, then pop in the the oven for a soul-soothing dinner everyone will love. 

Freezer Stir-Fry Veggie Mix

Servings: 12

Eat colorfully with this freezer-ready veggie mix. Made with fresh garden produce such as broccoli florets and sweet peppers, what's not to love? Break out the mix on your next family night in.

 

Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

Servings: 8

Potatoes are a staple when it comes to family dinner. Make your next batch slow cooker style, complete with creamy onions and three kinds of cheese. A sprinkling of parsley makes them table-ready.

Avoid the crunch of overcooked scalloped potatoes -- our Test Kitchen expert walks you through the best way to prepare this popular side dish recipe.

Scalloped Potatoes: Must-Have Tips

Avoid the crunch of overcooked scalloped potatoes. It's simple -- we'll show you how!

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Lime Crema

Servings: 8

Turn taco night into a family fiesta with seasoned steak strips, creamy guac, and cool lime crema dip. Let the kiddos assemble their own tacos -- after all, half the fun is in making them!

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole

Servings: 6

One thing kids and adults can agree on: pizza! This upside-down casserole features a cheesy blend of sausage, olives, and mushrooms tucked under a flaky golden crust. Try our Texas-toast or garlic-roll topper variations!

Breakfast Ham and Egg Cups

Servings: 8

That's right! Muffins aren't the only thing these tins can make. Crack and pour an egg into ham-lined muffin cups, then top with pesto and cherry tomatoes for a beautiful family breakfast.

Seashell Hot Dog Bake

Servings: 6

Bye-bye, buns -- we've got a better idea for our dogs. A creamy bake! The gooey casserole is full of kid-friendly ingredients: hot dogs, macaroni, spaghetti sauce, and cheese.

Tuna and Green Bean Bake

Servings: 6

If it's topped with fish-shape crackers, it's got to be good! One handful of the cheesy crackers lures all family members into eating this enticing tuna-noodle casserole.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Root Beer Barbecue Sauce

Servings: 8

Root beer for dinner? Sold! Pour a chilly can of the sweet soda into your slow cooker alongside savory pork and onions for a sandwich you and your fam can't resist.

Make a flavorful pulled-pork sandwich with the help of your slow cooker. The secret is selecting the right types of meat (we help with beef and chicken options, too), plus seasoning the meat and adding homemade or store-bought sauce at the right time in the process.

Perfect Pork: 3 Easy Steps

Three easy tips are all that stands between you and sandwich-perfect pork. Get them here!

Glazed Churros

Servings: 24

Finish off dinner with a serves-a-crowd dessert. Our adorable churro recipe lets you pick from four types of glazes to dip into: Mexican chocolate, birthday cake, orange, and pistachio-lime.

Shortbread Pizza Cookie

Servings: 12

Please all sweet tooths in the family with a pizza-style cookie. The fun treat starts with only four ingredients and finishes with toppers of your choice -- from berries and cream to peanut butter and candy.

 

White Chocolate-Cranberry Crispy Treats

Servings: 48

Every buttery bite of these crispy rice cereal treats is loaded with lovable goodies -- gooey marshmallows, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and chocolate.

 

Dessert Fruit Pizza

Servings: 8

We can't seem to get enough pizza! This time, take dessert pizza to new fruity heights. Ours features a gorgeous display of golden mango, blueberries, grapes, and more.

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