It’s 6:00 pm. You hear the sound of starving kids coming through the back door, fresh from football/ballet/track/debate practice, their footsteps coming closer and closer. Wait. What’s that at the front door? A possibly hangry spouse returning from an epic journey through rush-hour traffic?  You’re surrounded.

And any minute now they’ll ask the dreaded question: 

What’s for dinner?

Fortunately, Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is here once again to save the day—and dinner. She’s bringing us straight into Fall comfort food season while keeping things simple, healthy, and delicious. You’ll love her take on a classic Italian Pasta Bake, especially since you can prep this ahead of time for a quick defense against seriously starving kiddos and hangry partners. GET THE RECIPE

Need more foolproof pasta bakes to get you through busy Fall evenings? We’re here for you! Check out our round-up of tasty bakes that won’t derail your healthy-eating goals!

1. Skinny Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake

All of the classic alfredo yumminess, without any of the guilt. The secret? Lightened-up alfredo sauce made with evaporated milk, light cream cheese, and chicken broth— so you only give up calories, not taste. Added bonus: only 15 minutes of prep time! GET THE RECIPE

2. Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables

Want to trick your kids (or any family member, really,) into eating their veggies? Try this Baked Ziti with clandestinely tasty cauliflower, pepper, and onion mixed in with the pasta. Your family will be too busy going for seconds to realize that dinner is actually healthy. Ziti for the win! GET THE RECIPE

3. Cheesy Chicken Taco Ramen Bake

Upgrade your Ramen game with some cheesy deliciousness that makes dinner a snap. The salsa-based sauce keeps things light but full of flavor, and you can swap out the chicken for ground turkey or beef, and mix and match your favorite cheeses. Either way, the meal-time possibilities are practically endless. GET THE RECIPE

4. Healthy Baked Pesto Rigatoni

Fresh and delicious, this rigatoni bake is about to become a dinnertime classic. We can’t get enough of the pesto + garlic+ lemon combo, and you’ll love eating this recipe for dinner, and enjoying the leftovers the next day at lunch! GET THE RECIPE

5. Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

Let’s make the “what should I make for dinner” question a whole lot easier: make a Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti. Now all you need to do is decide whether to pick the traditional or “skinny” version, since the recipe offers both! Now that you’ve got lots more decision-making energy left in your arsenal, you can decide which TV show to binge-watch before bed. You know, the important stuff. GET THE RECIPE

6. Lighter Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Everybody, and we mean everybody, loves some Mac and Cheese for dinner. But if you love comfort food AND eating healthy, then this recipe is for you! Full of flavor and complete with that irresistibly crispy and cheesy crust, you’ll never want to eat the boxed stuff again. GET THE RECIPE

Busy workdays and hectic after-school schedules can make dinnertime a battle, but these tasty and healthy pasta bakes guarantee you can keep you and yours happy and healthy every night of the week. All that’s left is choosing which one to bake first!

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