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Zucchini boats, slow-cooker chicken: Top 15 recipes of 2015

As the year comes to a close, we're looking back at the most popular TODAY Food recipes from 2015. These are the recipes that you clicked on and shared the most this year. We're shocked most by the fact that only one dessert makes the list. Clearly you guys have way more self-restraint than we do!

15. Clean green spinach-mushroom lasagna

This lasagna is vegetarian, but that hasn't made it any less popular. It's full of healthy ingredients, but still gives you the satisfaction of comfort food. It's also a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies.

14. Cheeseburger-stuffed shells

These baked cheeseburger stuffed pasta shells are perfect for a kid-friendly weeknight meal, and they can be made ahead. No wonder readers have been loving it!

13. Copycat Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich

There's a secret ingredient that truly makes this chicken sandwich taste like the real deal. Try it for yourself and see how it matches up.

12. Al Roker's crispy roasted chicken

Al Roker shared his secret to getting perfectly crispy-skinned roasted chicken. Follow his instructions and you'll be rewarded with salty, crispy deliciousness.

11. Make-ahead chicken marinades

These 5 easy marinade recipes help you take chicken to the next level, giving you a different flavor explosion each day. From the Thai coconut marinade to the teriyaki marinade, these recipes guarantee chicken will never be boring. Get the recipes.

10. Tamron Hall's mom's banana pudding

Banana pudding with vanilla wafers is a childhood classic, and when Tamron Hall shared her mom's recipe in honor of Mother's Day, it hit a nerve. Also, it made us all really, really hungry. The recipe is so simple that it's realistic to make on a weekday. Mama's on to something!

9. Pizza zucchini boats

By far, you made it clear that you LOVE zucchini. Pamela Salzman shared her recipe for these kid-friendly zucchini boats, which give you the flavors of pizza with zero guilt. Also get her recipes for zucchini chocolate cake and baked zucchini fries.

8. Muffin-tin frittatas

An on-the-go breakfast that isn't full of sugar and actually still tastes good? Of course this recipe was a hit.

7. Natalie Morales' slow-cooker chicken and dumplings

Natalie's recipe combines all the things we love — the slow cooker, chicken, and of course, dumplings. This is a pure comfort food dish that's so easy to make. Set it, forget it and feed a crowd without much work!

6. Katherine Heigl's easy summer pasta

With just 5 main ingredients and a couple steps, this pasta is perfect for a night when you don't want to slave over the stove. Plus, brie is pasta? We hadn't tried it. Now, we love it!

5. Holiday prime rib roast

Our fool-proof recipe for make a prime rib roast to remember was a hit because it has a few ingredients — but tons of flavor!

4. Curtis Stone's Cajun roasted turkey and gravy

Curtis Stone showed us how to spice up our turkey this year, plus shared tips for making a brine that's full of flavor and a lump-free gravy.

3. Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pie

A viral video helped this pie sell out at Walmart days before Thanksgiving. But we served up her recipe, and fans ate it up!

2. The minestrone soup that may help you live longer

TODAY shared this recipe from the Melis family, touted as the "world's longest lived family" during a segment about the habits of people around the world who live an exceptionally long time. Full of beans and veggies, you really can't go wrong with this soup.

1. Spaghetti pie

When Matt Lauer declared that this was the best meal he'd had all month, viewers flipped out! Good old spaghetti pie was our most viewed and shared recipe of 2015, and for good reason: it's easy delicious, and really hard to mess up.

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