As nice as a crisp salad or lighter meal can taste, sometimes you just crave a creamy sauce and savory, rich spices. Chowing down on those types of dishes can feel indulgent, and we certainly don’t recommend eating them with too much frequency — but that rarity is also what makes them all the more enjoyable. Each time you bite into a cheesy, buttery, or otherwise ultra-smooth recipe, you know you’re treating yourself to something truly special.
Whether you’re in the mood for pasta, soup, potatoes, or a decadent dip, we’ve got plenty of delightfully filling recipes for you to choose from. Several of them can also be used for perfect additions to a dinner party you’re attending or family potluck night. That is, if you feel like sharing them! The only problem will be deciding which one to try first. Take a look to see which ultra-rich, creamy recipe you’ll want to make for dinner ASAP!
Zesty Kale Mac & Cheese
Topped with fresh tomatoes and crispy Parmesan breadcrumbs, this Italian-style casserole will delight.
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Parmesan-Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
Pureed artichoke hearts and a light sprinkling of cheese create a velvety filling without need for heavy cream.
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Old Bay–Spiced Crab Dip
This recipe gets its creamy texture from plenty of mayo and Jarlsberg cheese.
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Parmesan Twice-Baked Potatoes
Our prep-ahead-easy spuds are more than twice as nice stuffed with a mix of sour cream, Parmesan, and fresh thyme.
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Buttermilk Potato-Cauliflower Mash
Everyone’s favorite comfort-food side gets a light and luscious twist from tangy buttermilk and nutrient-packed cauliflower.
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Convenient canned pumpkin and cooked rice make it super easy to whip up this silky-smooth starter.
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Butternut Squash Gratin
Our golden, cheesy panko breadcrumb topping adds a delightful crunch to this creamy-good baked casserole.
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Creamy Ravioli and Spinach Bake
Baked under a blanket of savory Swiss cheese and rich garlic-and-herb sauce, this vegetarian meal is so satisfying, no one will miss the meat.
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Triple Corn and Cheese Casserole
With creamed corn, corn kernels, corn muffin mix, and three kinds of cheese, this addictive holiday pleaser invites seconds!
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Sour Cream and Onion Potato Casserole
Buttery-tasting Yukon Gold potatoes are mashed with yummy onion dip ingredients, then baked into a satisfying casserole that’s perfect for a crowd.
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Parmesan Spinach-Artichoke Dip
This twist on the traditional dip uses Greek yogurt to give it a tangy, healthy kick.
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Monster Tot Bacon Grilled Cheese
Love grilled cheese? You’ll melt for this upgraded version that uses tater tots in place of bread!
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Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Casserole
This keto casserole, courtesy of recipe developer Chelsea Cohen of SlimFast, proves that you don't have to give up comfort foods just because you're on the keto diet.
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Creamy Shrimp Shells
Low-fat yogurt and lemon zest create a light yet luscious sauce that lets the rich flavor of shrimp shine.
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Cayenne-Kissed Creamy Corn Dip
The heat from cayenne pepper will satisfy any spice fan digging into this savory dip.
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Pesto-Swirled Mashed Potatoes
Tangy Greek yogurt and prepared pesto give this classic side a delicious flavor upgrade.
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Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Winter squash purée elevates our rich cheese sauce with a subtle hint of sweetness and extra-bright color.
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Broccoli-Cheddar Rice Casserole
Using homemade roux instead of canned soup in our cheese sauce for this casserole cuts 13 grams of fat per serving.
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