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Make Ahead Mains for Holiday Company


If you have guest coming into town over the holiday season, you're probably preparing menus beyond the big celebration feasts. There are all of those in-between visits to think about too. Keep your company well fed, prepare an impressive dinner while still keeping things manageable - by making your meal ahead. We've pulled together a list of some of Stefano's best make-ahead mains that you can prepare the night before or morning of your dinner party.

For successful make-ahead meals, follow the recipe and cook or bake completely. Reheat soups on the stove top over a medium heat until hot again. To reheat baked dishes like the Chicken Cacciatore, cook covered in a 350 degree F oven until heated thoroughly, stirring occasionally, about 15-20 minutes.

Make those dinner parties as impressive and more manageable than ever with any of these delicious mains:

Hearty Cassoulet
Hearty Greens & Sausage Soup
Chicken Cacciatore
Stefano's Ultimate Lasagna
Stefano's Beef Bourguignon
Skillet Shepherd's Pie
Pasta Fagioli
Stefano's Mac and Cheese
Lentil Vegetable Soup
Mom's Minestrone Soup

Find these and other great Holiday ideas from In The Kitchen with Stefano