Best of 2015: 7 of our Most Popular Sides and Casseroles

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:56 AM, December 30, 2015


Aired December 30, 2015

We’ve shared some truly decadent recipes over the past year, and you has a special affection for our sides and casseroles! Read on for 7 of the most popular from 2015!

Spaghetti Squash with Spinach and Ricotta

Rachael likens the flavor of this healthy dish to lasagna, yum! She starts with two roasted spaghetti squashes, and shreds the insides with a fork. She mixes up some ricotta, spinach, egg and Parmigiano Reggiano, adds the squash, combines, then puts in a casserole dish. She tops with mozzarella cheese and bakes. That’s it!

Kelsey Nixon’s Skillet Candied Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans

This recipe couldn’t be easier – it’s really a “set it and forget it” method. Kelsey melts a stick of butter in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed pot, then adds sweet potato rounds sliced to about 1/3 inch thick. She mixes in a combination of brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, then covers with a tight-fitting lid and cooks for an hour. When they’re done cooking, add a dash of vanilla and stir. Top with toasted pecans before serving. That’s it!

Sweetie Pie’s Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe

From kiddos to grownups, who doesn't love mac 'n cheese? And this recipe is one to write home about. The stars of OWN's Welcome to Sweetie Pie's revealed their family recipe. Trust us when we say, it's a winner!

Chipotle Chicken Nacho Casserole

For this king of all nacho recipes, Rachael “tiles” her chips, smoky chipotle chicken, and cheese so that the ingredients are well distributed, heats, and then tops with salsa, jalapenos and sour cream. Nothing wrong with any of that!

Tip: Make your life easier by using a pre-cooked supermarket rotisserie chicken!

Marc Murphy’s Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Marc starts by shocking his sprouts in salted boiling water to keep that beautiful bright green color, then sautees with bacon – that’s it! Super simple but with huge flavor!

Carbonara Mac ‘n Cheese Soufflé

Want carbonara AND mac and cheese? Why choose, when you can have both! And what a dish this is, with the mac and cheese being suspended in a fluffy soufflé.

Kelsey Nixon’s Slow Cooker Herbed Stuffing

This game-changing idea is truly brilliant and we can’t believe we haven’t always done it this way – Kelsey cooks stuffing in the crockpot! She mixes up her stuffing like she normally does, and then just puts it in the slow cooker and cooks on low for 3-4 hours. And who said stuffing can only be made on Thanksgiving? This is one you’re going to want to make all year round!

What’s your favorite side of 2015? Watch below to see just how easy Kelsey’s skillet sweet potatoes are to prepare!