Top Recipes of 2012

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The results are in! We've compiled the recipes that got the most clicks, Pins, and Facebook shares this year. Cheesy casseroles, hearty soups, and delicious desserts topped the list of your favorites for 2012.

Mexican Mac & Cheese

Cheesy noodles meet tasty green salsa and sausage in a casserole made in mac and cheese heaven. Our favorite reader suggestion? Use chorizo in place of sausage and add in some taco seasoning for extra zest.

Farfalle with Mushrooms & Spinach

There's a reason this Parmesan pasta recipe is a Pinterest favorite. It's filled with fresh mushrooms, spinach, and thyme and comes together in just 20 minutes!

Chewy Cherry-Almond Bars

Cherry preserves lend a gooey sweetness to these quick and easy cookie bars, while almonds and oatmeal give them a satisfying nutty crunch.

Apple-Bourbon Country-Style Pork Ribs

Fill your kitchen with the delectable aroma of slow-cooking bourbon and brown sugar pork ribs. The smokiness  of the ribs pairs deliciously with sweet baked apples.

Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

What makes this casserole our most-pinned recipe of 2012? Maybe it's the fact that it uses pantry ingredients you probably have on-hand. Or maybe it's simply because it's so hearty and delicious. All we know is that you can feel good about serving this tasty meal to your family.

We'll help you with the serving amounts when prepping cooked chicken for chicken casseroles and other chicken recipes. You can use chicken breasts, a whole bird, or a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

See How to Make Chicken Casserole

Watch how easy it is to prepare a delicious chicken bake using whatever type of chicken you have on hand.

Butterscotch Marble Cake

A delicious drizzle of chocolate makes this moist bundt cake a must-try for when you have company over. One reader wishes she could give it more than 5 stars!

Decorate cakes, brownies, and other desserts with gorgeous and tasty chocolate ganache. From choosing the best chocolate to the right times to stir the mixture, we'€™ll help you master this decadent dessert topping.

See How to Make Chocolate Ganache

Watch how easy it is to make chocolate ganache for our Buttersotch Marble Cake. 

Hot & Spicy Braised Peanut Chicken

Come home to a slow-cooked meal that's better than anything from your favorite takeout place. Want to kick up the spice? One reader suggests doubling the curry paste, soy, and fish sauce and adding in a jalapeno, too!

Tortellini & Garden Vegetable Bake

It's not often the words "healthy" and "casserole" are used in the same sentence, but this veggie-packed bake is a delicious exception. It's perfect if you're trying to eat right without sacrificing taste.

Gingerbread Pudding Cake

Capture the flavors of Christmas all year round with our easy slow cooker pudding cake. The warming dessert is even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Balsamic-Honey Pulled Pork Sliders

This Asian-inspired twist on pulled pork sandwiches is amazing topped with coleslaw and pickles. One reader loves the pulled pork mixture in fried wonton wrappers, too.

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See How to Make Pork in a Slow Cooker

Watch our step-by-step instructions for how to make pulled pork in a slow cooker

Pulled Pork Enchiladas

No matter if you use corn or flour tortillas, this cheesy tomato-topped enchilada bake is a winner. Cotija cheese, ground chipotle pepper, and green chile peppers give it authentic Mexican flavors.

Ever been frustrated by filling your chicken enchiladas? The tortilla can break, the filling can spill out... well we'€™ve got the secret to assembling easy chicken enchiladas - no special tools required!

See How to Make Chicken Enchiladas

Watch as we show you the secret to perfect enchiladas every time. 

Salted Peanut Bars

You might never buy candy bars again after one bite of these caramely, nutty, peanut butter-and-pretzel bars. To store, place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to one week.

Creamy Tortellini Soup

Spinach, cheesy tortellini, and fresh mushrooms make this creamy slow cooker soup a must-try dish for weeknight dinner. For an even creamier base, one reader suggests swapping out the white sauce for alfredo sauce.

People-Pleasing Cinnamon Rolls

As one reader puts it, "This is truly THE best cinnamon roll recipe!" We couldn't agree more. Make these flaky, frosting-drizzled rolls once, and your friends and family will be asking for them again and again.

Greek Spinach Pasta Salad with Feta & Beans

Whether you're looking for an easy potluck dish or just want a light and fresh dinner idea, our lemony spinach pasta salad is a delicious solution.

A bit of overnight preparation can help you make tasty pasta salad. We'€™ve got a tip that infuses the pasta with lots of delicious flavors.

See How to Make Pasta Salad

Watch us show you how to whip together pasta salad in a jiffy.

Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

Apple juice, soy, and ginger lend a sweet-and-sour flavor profile to these party-perfect homemade beef meatballs. To save time, one reader likes to serve the tasty glaze over precooked meatballs.

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Fill jumbo macaroni shells with our spicy Tex-Mex chicken and veggie mixture, or use any kind of pasta you prefer and combine it all in your casserole dish. Either way, we guarantee a tasty dinner!

Artichoke Flatbread

Herb-and-garlic goat cheese pairs with tomatoes, spinach, and artichokes for a pizza that one reader describes as "wonderful, simple, and fresh."

Chicken-Noodle Casserole

Prepare to be shocked. Not only is this creamy, crumb-topped casserole packed with all the goodness of chicken-noodle soup, but it's a low-calorie dinner option, too.

Lemonade Cake

The secret to this light, lemony cake? Frozen lemonade concentrate is mixed into the moist cake mix and the creamy butter frosting. Make it when you'd like a bit of summer any time of the year.

Vegetable Casserole

This healthy vegetarian casserole is packed with so much flavor that even the meat-eaters in your family will love it.

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

No one will believe that these light, fluffy key lime cheesecake bars are low in calories, too! But this potluck-perfect dessert is sure to make them believers.

Creamed Chicken & Corn Soup

Come home to a piping hot bowl of warm, creamy soup topped with crispy bacon. Most readers like this soup topped with a little shredded cheddar cheese, too.

In-Your-Sleep Chili

As the name implies, this recipe is so easy you could do it ... well, you know the rest! To spice up this 5-ingredient chili recipe, try it with hot chili beans or a little dash of chili powder.

The ingredients are key to great chili. We'€™ll show you the one must-have ingredient (no skimping!) for authentic, delicious homemade chili.

See How to Make Chili

Want the secret to mouthwatering chili? Watch our video to find out! 

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Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole

This delicious Italian-inspired pasta bake is a quick and easy meal thanks to precooked meatballs and store-bought tomato sauce. If you're feeling ambitious, it's just as good with homemade sauce and meatballs.

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