From savory chicken dinners to mouth-watering chocolate cookies, we’ve rounded up our 100 best recipes from 2015.
Classic Baked Macaroni and CheeseWhisk warm milk into the flour mixture to ensure a lump-free sauce. We also recommend shredding your own cheese for a creamier texture. We tested with Cracker Barrel Extra-Sharp Cheddar.
Easy Peach CobblerThis easy peach cobbler recipe is one of our most popular desserts and is the perfect ending to any meal.
Best Carrot CakeTruly our best-ever carrot cake recipe, make this classic favorite for a crowd and you might not have any leftovers to bring home.
Sweet Potato CasseroleWhip sweet potatoes until they're smooth and top with a buttery brown sugar and pecan mixture for a satisfying cool-weather casserole.
Classic Beef Pot RoastIf you're looking for a traditional pot roast recipe, try this 5-star, no-fail version. Cuts of beef that perform well for pot roasting go by many different names: Blade roast, cross-rib roast (or shoulder clod), seven-bone pot roast, arm pot roast, and boneless chuck roast are all acceptable cuts.
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast CasseroleCombine frozen hash brown potatoes with sausage, eggs, and cheese for a hearty breakfast or brunch casserole.
Extra-Easy LasagnaWhen we say easy lasagna, we mean easy lasagna. You don't even have to cook the noodles for this speedy yet impressive pasta dinner.
Million Dollar Pound CakeJust 7 ingredients - and all of them common pantry staples - are all you need for this rich classic pound cake recipe.
Weeknight Lemon Chicken Skillet DinnerIt doesn't get much easier, or more satisfying: a complete dinner in one pan in half an hour. Lemon brightens up this cozy meal.
Cornbread DressingDeliciously moist and perfectly seasoned, this five-star recipe really has no rivals. It does take a little extra time to prepare cornbread dressing from scratch, but it's definitely worth the effort, and freezes beautifully.
Classic Banana BreadWe love this bread's moist texture and simple flavor. Banana bread should form a crack down the center as it bakes--a sign the baking soda is doing its job.
Orange-Sauced ChickenOrange-sauced chicken is a super fast supper idea that is rich with flavor, yet only has around 200 calories per serving. Serve over rice or with mixed vegetables.
Chicken EnchiladasThese easy, cheesy chicken enchiladas come together in a snap and are faster and way more delicious than fast food.
Basic Deviled EggsThe filling for Southern-style basic deviled eggs is nothing more than egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard and sweet pickle relish. These deviled eggs are perfect for potlucks, tailgates, and yummy appetizers.
Spicy Apple-Glazed Chick 'n' Grits GorgonzolaCheesy, creamy grits pair perfectly with savory chicken brushed in an apple butter and spicy brown mustard glaze.
Pecan PieFor a richer flavor in this traditional pecan pie recipe, try using dark corn syrup. Both variations received high marks in our Test Kitchens.
Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle SoupOld-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup is classic American comfort food. Flavorful stock, fresh-cooked chicken, traditional vegetables, and egg noodles lend starchy body to the broth of this favorite soup.
Butternut Squash SoupThis creamy butternut squash soup features puréed butternut squash, carrot and onion and showcases the rich, sweet flavor of this squash.
Loaded Potato SoupMake this reviewer favorite the star attraction of your next soup night. Kids of all ages will enjoy topping it with bacon and cheese.
Easy Baked Fish FilletsLooking for a simple fish dinner? Try this easy recipe for baked fish fillets. You can use any firm white fish: cod, haddock, or grouper work well.
Chicken Enchilada CasseroleThis Tex-Mex chicken enchilada casserole is a delicious dinner option when you're craving Southwestern-style comfort food.
Traditional Sweet Potato CasseroleTop this lightened version of the classic sweet potato casserole with both marshmallows and toasted pecans. (For more classic dishes, visit our sweet potato recipes collection.)
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Garlic, and ShallotsGarlic, bacon and shallots are all you need to add intense flavor to the Brussels sprouts in this easy, 5-ingredient side-dish recipe.
Squash CasseroleWhy limit French fried onions to green bean casserole? We love them on this cheesy squash casserole, too.
Fried Green TomatoesNo one does Fried Green Tomatoes like Southern Living. The cornmeal and flour crust is what sets this recipe apart from others.
Easy ChiliLook no further for the ultimate classic, easy chili recipe. Made in a slow-cooker for simple a weekday meal. Top with shredded Cheddar cheese and corn chips.
Three-Bean Vegetarian ChiliWhile meatless, this veggie three-bean chili is super hearty with cubed butternut squash.
Hummingbird CakeThe ultimate recipe for Hummingbird Cake. It's the most requested recipe in Southern Living magazine history and frequents covered dish dinners all across the South, always receiving rave reviews.
Easy Blackberry CobblerMake the easiest blackberry cobbler ever using fresh berries plus 5 more ingredients. To make it special, top with whipped cream and a mint garnish.
Coconut Cream PieWhen it comes to pie recipes, this classic coconut pie recipe takes the blue ribbon. The use of a refrigerated pie crust makes it easy and the whipped cream makes it stunning.
Shepherd's PieThis potato-topped shepherd’s pie gets extra flavor from the cheese and carrots that are added to the mashed potato crust. And you can take a shortcut with the crust because the recipe calls for frozen mashed potatoes.
Shrimp Pad ThaiSmother homemade Pad Thai with spicy shrimp, bean sprouts, peanuts and green onion for an Asian dish you will prepare again and again.
Chicken TetrazziniA classic that makes great use of leftover turkey or chicken. It’s so creamy and comforting that you’ll be glad it makes two casseroles—one for now and one for later.
Eggplant ParmesanPerfect for Meatless Mondays, this eggplant parmesan recipe is not only delicious, but healthy. It comes in at just under 300 calories and 8.5 grams of fat per serving.
King Ranch Chicken CasseroleRecipe variations on this Texas-favorite chicken casserole abound simply because it's delicious.
Quinoa TabboulehQuinoa (KEEN-wah) is well on its way to being dubbed supergrain of the millennium. High in fiber and a high-quality protein similar to that found in meat, this grain—a diet staple of the ancient Incas—cooks up like rice and has a mild flavor similar to couscous. Quinoa can be found in health-food stores and many supermarkets.
Lemon ChickenThis easy lemon chicken recipe is one of our most popular main dish chicken recipes. Pair it with crisp veggies and a side of rice for a delicious dinner.
Cauliflower Pizza CrustThis cheesy cauliflower pizza crust is—dare we say it—even better than bread.
Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro CremaCumin, coriander, and paprika lend these fish tacos a delightfully warm, smoky flavor. They're the perfect foundation for the zippy sour cream sauce. For an appealing variation, substitute peeled medium shrimp for the snapper or romaine in place of cabbage.
Slow-Cooker Pulled PorkThis slow-cooker pulled pork recipe makes budget-friendly homemade barbecue a breeze! 7 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time are all you need to get this dish cooking for dinnertime.
Charred Lemon Chicken PiccataLightly charring the lemon slices intensifies their flavor and creates a gorgeous look. Be sure to include any of the sweet, tangy liquid the lemons give off in the bowl; it adds incredible depth to the sauce.
Old-fashioned MeatloafThis Southern meatloaf recipe features Creole and Greek seasonings and a hint of garlic. A few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce spice up the traditional ketchup topping.
Spinach-and-Artichoke DipBest Appetizer. This warm, creamy, cheesy dip appears frequently at staff gatherings. People make it time and again because it's tasty and a snap to prepare. Assemble up to two days ahead, and bake just before serving.
Southern-Style Collard GreensCrispy bacon, sautéed onion, ham, and garlic perfect these Southern-Style Collard Greens, making them an essential part of your traditional Southern feast.
Zuppa Toscana (Better than Olive Garden!)This wonderful soup is easy, quick & in a Crock Pot! Need I say more? Note: use Spicy Italian Sausage to get that signature Olive Garden flavor.
Easy Slow-Cooker JambalayaFeaturing chicken, shrimp and smoked sausage, this classic Creole rice dish is well-suited to the slow cooker because the slow cooking allow all the flavors to blend in a marvelous way.
Easy Refrigerator PicklesRefrigerator pickles are easy to make, and there's no need for kettle steamers, special jars, and vacuum-tight lids. Plus, unlike store-bought pickles, these scrumptious homemade pickles are low in sodium.
Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken ThighsOne of the most popular Cooking Light chicken recipes, these sweet and spicy broiled chicken thighs are flavored with chili powder, cumin, garlic and cider vinegar.
Beef StroganoffThis classic Beef Stroganoff recipe uses ingredients commonly kept on hand for an easy and delicious family meal. Garnish with fresh dill, if desired.
Chicken with Carrots and PotatoesAll you need is twenty minutes to get this dish in the slow cooker. You'll have a hearty chicken and veggie supper waiting for you when you get home. If you don't care to use the wine, you can use 1/2 cup of additional chicken broth.
All-American ChiliThis all-American chili recipe is perfect for an outdoor cookout but can also be made on the stove for a comfort classic on a cold day.
5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled PorkThree family dinners start with this one recipe for succulent and tender 5-Ingredient Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork.
Key Lime PieDon't be tempted to substitute bottled lime juice—it doesn't compare to fresh.
French Onion SoupOnce you try this classic French Onion Soup recipe, you'll never try another. It culminates in a rich-tasting soup with melt-in-your-mouth onions.
Zucchini Oven ChipsBreaded, oven-fried zucchini chips taste like they’re fried, yet they are baked and amazingly crispy. These chips make a healthy substitute for French fries or potato chips.
Chicken and Broccoli CasseroleFor crisper broccoli, remove it from the boiling water after three minutes. Serve with a simple green salad.
Chicken KormaIf you prefer milder foods, reduce or omit the crushed red pepper. Add warm naan on the side of this classic Indian dish.
Easiest Peanut Butter CookiesImpress your guests with these simple, 4-ingredient peanut butter cookies.
Traditional Spanish PaellaNourishing, vibrant, and without pretension, paella has held a place of honor and practicality in Spanish homes for centuries. To round out this meal, choose a good Spanish red wine from the Rioja region, a crusty baguette, and a light salad.
Chicken Salad With Grapes and PecansServe this fruity, nutty chicken salad with assorted crackers and grapes for a filling lunch or a delicious brunch. The recipe was inspired by a favorite dish served at the former Sweetbriar restaurant in Gadsden, Alabama.
Balsamic Pork ChopsTurn basic skillet pork chops into a main dish that's company-worthy by drizzling a tangy balsamic glaze over the pork and serving on a bed of long-grain and wild rice.
Braised Chicken Thighs With Carrots and PotatoesAll you need is 20 minutes to get this dish in the slow cooker, then you have a hearty chicken and veggie supper waiting for you when you get home.
Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken SoupCoconut milk tames the heat and combines deliciously with shredded chicken breast in Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup.
Mama's German Chocolate CakeBake a cake that would make mama proud. German chocolate cakes are known for being rich, indulgent cakes, so enjoy a slice with a glass of milk.
Potato SoupThis classic soup gets a double hit of cheese--stirred into the soup and sprinkled over the top.
Pan-Seared Strip SteakA little butter adds richness and keeps leaner-than-usual beef moist without adding much total fat. WARNING: This recipe is smoky! Keep exhaust fan on high, or cook in a skillet on a hot outdoor grill.
Cheesy Chicken EnchiladasTrade the traditional enchilada sauce for a creamy, cheesy topping on this Mexican chicken casserole recipe. Your family will never know they're enjoying a lightened meal.
Chicken-and-Sausage GumboA symbol of Creole cooking, gumbo is ubiquitous in homes and restaurants across Louisiana. Andouille sausage and file powder make this chicken-and-sausage gumbo a classic and, as in any good gumbo, a deep, rich roux thickens the stew.
Cheddar Cheese SauceTaste and Texture: A mild, kid-friendly sauce with a subtle tang from sharp cheddar; creamy and velvety. Try with: Steamed or sautéed veggies; baked potatoes; open-faced roast beef sandwiches; hot cooked macaroni or penne. To Your Health: This slimmed-down sauce boasts a fraction of the fat you'd find in regular or processed cheese sauces.
Hawaiian ChickenTake a mental vaction to Hawaii as you enjoy this grilled chicken marinated in a mixture of pineapple juice, ketchup, soy sauce and ginger.
Cheesy Shrimp and GritsThis quick and easy shrimp and grits recipe will wow your family as a weeknight meal or impress guests at a dinner party.
Slow-cooker Turkey ChiliUse your slow-cooker for this easy chili recipe featuring lean ground turkey, black beans and corn.
Chicken ShawarmaShawarma is a Middle Eastern dish of garlicky meat or poultry served on pitas. This chicken version is flavored with a savory yogurt sauce.
Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille SausageUsing both andouille sausage and juicy pink shrimp, jambalaya is like a spicy surf-and-turf. To save time, buy frozen peeled shrimp and thaw in the refrigerator or under cold, running water.
Classic Sweet Potato CasseroleThis mouthwatering sweet potato casserole will satisfy lovers of crunchy pecans and cornflakes as well as marshmallows.
Pulled Chicken SandwichesYou already love pulled chicken, so why not try it in a slow cooker? Savor this tender, melt-in-your-mouth chicken sandwich with ketchup-based sauce for lunch or dinner.
Salmon CroquettesBy pairing this super fast recipe with a light salad, you can impress guests and still have time to enjoy the meal.
Texas Sheet CakeThis class Texas sheet cake recipe features a homemade chocolate cake layer topped with chocolate frosting and chopped toasted pecans. Its rectangular shape makes this cake perfect for serving to a crowd.
Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta SaladIf you're a broccoli salad fan, you'll love the combination of these colorful ingredients. Cook the pasta al dente so it's firm enough to hold its own when tossed with the tangy-sweet salad dressing.
Quick Chicken-Corn ChowderYou can have this chicken corn chowder on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Tomato-Basil SoupTomato-Basil Soup gets a jump start with a can of fire-roasted tomatoes. You'll have this comfort-food favorite to the table in 20 minutes. Pair it with your favorite grilled cheese sandwich.
Slow-Roasted Pork ShoulderFor a special supper, slow-roast a pork shoulder. Start the roast in the morning, and it will be ready for dinner. The skin crisps to crunchy cracklings, and the meat melts with juicy tenderness. Serve it with carrots butter-steamed in a slow-cooker, then finished with cream and olives. Add sauteed kale or a frisee salad and bread to round out the menu.
The Cheesecake Factory Original CheesecakeThe Cheesecake Factory has more than 30 cheesecake flavors, but it's the original that makes us swoon. Try this copycat version, from the book Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2.
Turkey MeatloafThis is the best turkey meatloaf we've ever tasted. It's really moist and makes great sandwiches.
Brunswick StewTo make this recipe thicker, cook it longer, being sure to stir it often.
Asian Pork ChopsA simple ingredient list upgrades pork chops from weekday regular to must-try dinner favorite. pair with a green salad or steamed veggies and dinner is served.
Chicken PiccataMashed potatoes or roasted seasonal root vegetables make the perfect accompaniment to this quick and easy Chicken Piccata.
Sesame-Ginger ChickenServe over steamed rice to savor every bit of the sweet Asian glaze. This classic dish is a slow-cooker must-have on your weeknight meal planner.
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and PotatoesNicknamed "Anytime Chicken" by Test Kitchen Specialist Vanessa McNeil Rocchio, this winner of a chicken dinner is our new favorite roasting-pan supper for weeknights or easy entertaining with friends.
Vegetable and Chickpea CurryAromatic Indian spices mingle with chickpeas, green beans, and potatoes. Coconut milk is stirred into the cooked curry for a creamy finish. Serve over quick-cooking couscous.
Fresh Tomato, Sausage, and Pecorino PastaRipe tomatoes are juicy and delicious in this pasta dish, with no seeding or peeling necessary.
Char Siu Pork RoastIn this recipe for Char Siu, the Chinese version of barbecue, the pork is cooked in the slow-cooker for an extra tender, juicy, and stress-free meal. Serve with sticky or long-grain white rice and a steamed or stir-fried medley of bell peppers, carrots, snow peas, sliced baby corn, and water chestnuts.
Greek Baked ZitiInspired by the classic Greek comfort dish known as pastitsio, this pasta casserole uses fresh and flavorful ingredients.
Sweet Potato PieMake a traditional sweet potato pie recipe even easier by using a refrigerated pie crust. You can assemble the pie ahead of time and refrigerate until you're ready to bake it.
New Orleans Red Beans And RiceThis classic New Orleans dish is easy and delicious. Sliced andouille sausage adds another dimension of flavor to the standard red beans and rice.
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)This classic Thai chicken soup gets its rich flavor from quintessential Thai ingredients: coconut milk, lemongrass, fresh ginger, lime juice, chile paste, basil and cilantro.
Easy Chicken and DumplingsDeli-roasted chicken, cream of chicken soup, and canned biscuits make a quick-and-tasty version of classic chicken and dumplings.
Marinated London BroilLondon broil recipes were very popular in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s because they were a way to take a less-expensive, tougher cut of meat and make it delicious. This marinated London broil is a great substitute for steak.
Lemon-Caper Parmesan Potato Salad BitesTurn "jacket potatoes" into irresistible potato salad bites. Capers offer a twist on traditional relish; they're actually pickled flower buds and add bright, briny flavor to this appetizer.
Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip CookiesThese flourless cookies are a dream if you're going gluten-free, especially with the perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate.