Your friend, her husband and their three kids are staying with you this weekend. Breakfast is easy but what the heck are you going to serve everyone for dinner? Relax, we've got you covered. Here, 50 crowd-pleasing big-batch dinner ideas you can have on the table in no time.
50 Big-Batch Dinner Recipes to Feed a Crowd
Spinach White Bean Soup
Even better: Make a double batch and freeze it.
Ravioli Lasagna Casserole
Skipping the traditional noodles is a genius shortcut.
Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
Pair it with a simple salad and rotisserie chicken.
Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
The whole family will approve.
Polenta Ragu Casserole
Because sometimes you’re sick of pasta.
Eggplant Parm Casserole
Italian cheesy goodness, coming right up.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Pumpkin Curry
Let your Crock-Pot do the work.
Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup
Our three favorites, together at last.
Rotisserie Chicken Ramen
Waaaay better than the stuff you ate in college.
Slow-Cooker Stuffed Shells
Minimal effort required.
Slow-Cooker Mushroom Macaroni and Cheese
We’re not drooling, you’re drooling.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Casserole
Extra napkins needed.
Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies
Just ten minutes of prep.
Garlic Butter Shrimp Quinoa
So easy, so full of flavor.
Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup
Vegan and gluten-free.
Kale and Wild Rice Casserole
Basically like taking a multivitamin.
Cucumber Quinoa Salad
Light, crunchy and refreshing.
Chicken Gnocchi Soup
A brilliant twist on an old classic.
Crock-Pot Low-Carb Lasagna
All of the flavor, none of the carbs.
Broccoli Beef Soba Bowls
Chopsticks optional (but highly encouraged).
Creamy Goat Cheese Asparagus Quinoa Salad
Trust: You’re gonna want to make a double batch of this guy.
Crock-Pot Quinoa Chicken Primavera
Did you know a cup of quinoa has eight grams of protein? (True story.)
Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus
Pile it on top of rice, quinoa or even romaine lettuce.
Slow-Cooker Sausage, Spinach and White Bean Soup
Set it and forget it. (But, uh, don’t forget to eat it.)
Slow-Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle
Just like Grandma used to make. (If Grandma made really kickass Italian food.)
Cheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet
Best idea ever: put it in a taco shell.
Creamy Farro with White Beans and Kale
Our favorite grain strikes again.
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Hearty, cheesy and makes great lunch leftovers.
Slow-Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff
Bonus: It makes the whole house smell amazing.
White Turkey Chili with Avocado
Even better when you reheat it. (Just add more avo.)
Slow-Cooker Beef Bourguignon
Eat your heart out, Julia Child.
Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage
Taste the rainbow. (It’s delicious.)
Tuna Green Chile Zucchini Casserole
Did we mention it’s Paleo?
Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes
Never be nervous to cook steak at home again. This one looks (and tastes) fancy.
Everyday Thai Red Curry
Super quick and easy to make.
Slow-Cooker Lemon Chicken Piccata
A family favorite made simple thanks to Coterie member Heidi Larsen.
15-Minute Skillet Pepper Steak
Bookmark this one for Taco Tuesday.
Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bake
Easy enough for Monday, impressive enough for Saturday.
Creamy Vegan Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Bake
Anyone else want to dig in?
Sticky Asian Meatballs with Udon Noodles
Long gone are the days of boring spaghetti and meatballs.
One-Pan Creamy Chicken Fricassee with Sage
Pair it with rice or quinoa.
Slow-Cooker Crispy Carnitas
This tender, fall-off-the-bone meat is ideal for tacos, sandwiches and even with fried eggs.
30-Minute Creamy Chicken, Corn and Tomato Skillet
Just a handful of ingredients and three simple steps.
Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao) with Chicken
Who needs takeout? Not you.
Oven Baked Riced Broccoli Cauliflower Risotto
Meatless never looked so good.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Wrap each square in tinfoil, store it in the fridge, then pop it in the oven when you’re ready to eat.
Spice up your weeknights.
Close your eyes and you’re in New Orleans.
Skillet Gnocchi with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Lucky for you, it only takes 30 minutes.
Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough
Pile on the veggies.