Big-Batch Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights

You'll rest easier knowing you have these big-batch recipes tucked away in your freezer.
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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Copyright 2015

Lots of Food, Little Effort

Let's get real for a minute: No matter how well-stocked your pantry is, preparing elaborate meals from scratch seven nights a week is pretty much impossible, especially if you're cooking for an entire family. That's why we're here to remind you to utilize your freezer at every turn. Food Network Kitchen's collection of high-volume, freezer-friendly recipes will take the madness out of your dinnertime routine. All the prep work and time will pay off, as you'll know that your freezer is filled with easy dinners that can be thawed and quickly reheated.

Big-Batch Andouille Gumbo

When you've got some free time over the weekend, chop extra veggies and sausage, and make this giant pot of hearty gumbo. Freeze it in quart containers and have peace of mind knowing that dinner can just be thawed and reheated.

Get the Recipe: Big-Batch Andouille Gumbo

Big-Batch Healthy Beef, Mushroom and Spinach Calzones

Set aside some extra time one weekend to make a dozen of these hand-folded calzones stuffed with savory beef and vegetables. Pack your freezer full of them and rest easy knowing you've got healthy lunches or dinners for those hectic days covered.

Get the Recipe: Big-Batch Healthy Beef, Mushroom and Spinach Calzones

Big-Batch Corn and Potato Chowder

You'll put in a lot of effort up front, but once the veggies are chopped, this rich and creamy chowder comes together in just an hour. Let the soup cool completely before ladling it into quart-sized containers. You can freeze it safely for up to one month.

Get the Recipe: Big-Batch Corn and Potato Chowder

Big-Batch Meatballs and Red Sauce

Next time your family is craving meatballs and red sauce, buy some extra meat and simmer a little extra sauce. That way, you can pack your freezer with the makings of a quick dinner — just thaw, reheat and toss with some pasta.

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Big-Batch Chile-Chicken Posole

This uber-flavorful Mexican soup is very easy to make. Prepare a big batch, keep it in your freezer, and thaw and reheat it for nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly.

Get the Recipe: Big-Batch Chile-Chicken Posole

Big-Batch Turkey Chili

You'll want to pull out your biggest pot to make a hefty batch of Food Network Kitchen's easy turkey chili. To reheat, let the chili thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then let it simmer on the stove until it's heated through. You can thin it with a little water, and add salt to taste.

Get the Recipe: Big-Batch Turkey Chili