There’s something wonderfully satisfying about taking leftovers, pantry staples, and any miscellaneous ingredients you may have on hand, combining them in an oven-safe dish, topping them with cheese or breadcrumbs (or both!), and baking them to golden perfection. In the end, you have made something far greater than the sum of its parts: a warm, comforting casserole. While there’s no set definition as to what a casserole is, most will agree on the oven-baked-dish-that-elevates-common-ingredients definition.
Casseroles are popular for many reasons: Most are easy to make, cost very little to produce, and can be made ahead and stored away for busy nights. And, despite the misconception that casseroles are cold-weather meals best eaten during the fall and winter, there are a number of light, fresh casseroles that make great use of spring and summer produce.
We’ve rounded up 101 fantastic casserole recipes to fit any taste, lifestyle, occasion, or budget. Whether you’re looking for a chicken casserole, something with spice, or a delicious vegetarian option, we’ve got a few choices for you, so read on to discover 101 of our best casserole recipes.
This Alaska pollock gratin is far from diet food; however, it’s a worthwhile indulgence. Gooey cheese, pungent mustard, and Alaska pollock make for a lovely taste and textural combination.
Breakfast dessert doesn’t have to be unhealthy! This apple quinoa bake is great for serving after a light meal — and it even works as a main dish.
Bell peppers are balanced by briny artichoke hearts and robust spinach. This crowd-pleaser is quick to prepare and ideal for a family brunch.
In the English tradition, a cook uses leftover beef or lamb from the previous night’s roast to make this hearty casserole. This is the perfect dish to use up Thanksgiving leftovers and give them a fresh, Asian twist.
Cassoulet is a slow-cooking casserole that originates from the south of France. This recipe is certainly for the more advanced chef, but well worth it if you are cooking for a crowd that would appreciate a more refined dish.
Everyone loves baked pasta, and there is no better time to indulge than winter. The carbs fill you up, and the cheesy-oven-baked-goodness warms you up. This version from Spicy Southern Kitchen has a flavorful twist: barbecue sauce, green onions, and cilantro.
This is a fantastic, easy, one-dish meal. It’s warm, flavorful, and filling. I like using rosemary-studded bread for extra flavor, but if you don’t have any, you could easily substitute another thick, chewy bread.
Lots of breakfast casseroles call for day-old crusty bread; we love that this one takes a unique approach by incorporating chewy, toasted bagels.
This stuffing is a wonderful combination of savory, hearty, and cheesy, with a hint of sweet from the butternut squash.
Here’s a great breakfast casserole that can be made the night before and baked first thing in the morning for any brunch or breakfast gathering.
There’s no need for a casserole dish for this baked recipe: The pumpkins are the baking dishes, and they’re filled with a delicious sausage and sage stuffing!
This is a delicious, inexpensive meal to feed a crowd or make enough lunches for the workweek. It's hearty, simple, and perfect for those cold winter nights.
Ground beef, salsa, refried beans, and cheese are layered between tortillas for a burrito bake that's like a fiesta in a dish.
This easy vegetarian black bean casserole is loaded with cheese and flavor thanks to garlic, onion, goat cheese, and chopped green chiles. It also uses goat cheese to add a fresh, salty character.
What’s a casserole roundup without green bean casserole?! This recipe features blue cheese for extra flavor.
This easy-to-make casserole will quickly become a favorite. It’s so simple and full of fresh, juicy blueberries. If you want to make it healthier, try using less brown sugar and replacing the all-purpose flour with a whole-wheat variety.
Bake your leftover pancakes in this tasty bread pudding, and enjoy as brunch or dessert.
French toast is always a hit at breakfast or brunch. This baked version swaps in croissants for regular bread and sweetens things up with some fruit preserves.
We can’t decide if this creamy casserole should be a side dish or a dessert; it’s that sweet and delicious. With brown sugar, maple extract, a healthy pour of Jack Daniels, and a crispy pecan crust, we’d happily eat this casserole for dinner and dessert!
This breakfast casserole is packed with broccoli and ham and is lighter on the eggs than the usual savory bread pudding, so it won’t fill you up before the big meal later in the day.
This strata is full of flavor and great ingredients like Swiss cheese, green onion, turkey sausage, and brioche.
It’s amazing what you can do with some breadcrumbs, cheese, and frozen vegetables; this delicious vegetable dish will have even the pickiest eaters going back for seconds. Best of all, this creamy casserole can be made a day ahead, refrigerated, and then baked just before dinner.
This is a really delicious, decadent dish to make when you're craving pasta or just in the mood for some comfort food.
If you want to enjoy the flavors of the holidays without completely blowing your diet, this recipe should be part of your holiday menu. It’s loaded with healthy and filling butternut squash and fragrant sage.
Perfect for a cold winter night or holiday like Thanksgiving, this hearty casserole created by Justin Simoneaux at San Francisco’s Boxing Room does an underappreciated vegetable right with butter, onion, and ground beef.
When old-fashioned comfort food calls, try a casserole that's got it all: a winner in the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest that’s full of paprika, veal, onion, and some cream of chicken soup.
Go to your cupboard immediately. Push the boxes of pasta to the left and the snack boxes to the right. Buried behind the clutter of your cabinets, we can guarantee you have at least one can of Campbell’s soup. Why not use it to make shrimp gumbo? This recipe calls for condensed chicken soup, but you could easily substitute tomato.
This recipe is a great way to utilize leftovers in your refrigerator. If using leftover cooked spaghetti, use about 3 1/2 cups. Use other vegetables you might have, including broccoli florets or cooked cubed potatoes.
Looking for a good vegan mac and cheese option? Look no further! Nutritional yeast may sound like an odd ingredient, but it really adds a delicious cheesy flavor to this dish!
This healthy zoodle recipe with juicy, grilled chicken is simply perfection, and a perfectly light dish to make any day of the week.
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy fresh peas; they’re bright green and full of flavor. What better way to use fresh peas than in a casserole with pasta, chicken, ricotta cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes? This casserole is equally tasty made with frozen peas so you can easily make it all year long.
All the ingredients in this casserole are baked together in an easy-to-make recipe that’s ideal for potluck dinners or make-ahead meals. The cream of chicken soup bakes right into the dish, creating a creamy sauce, and frozen vegetables provide your daily dose of healthy vitamins and fiber.
Long-grain wild rice adds a wonderfully nutty flavor to this casserole. It’s also creamy and full of tasty ingredients like mushrooms, slivered almonds, and butter (delicious!) — and it’s sure to be a hit.
The beauty of casseroles is their ability to elevate ingredients that aren’t as delicious on a stand-alone basis. In this case, leftover chicken, extra mushrooms, and plain rice from the pantry are combined to make a creamy, wine-infused dinner.
This is a great one-pot dish full of summer flavors that can also be enjoyed in the winter when you want to introduce some sunshine into your home on those long, dark days.
This casserole is perfect for a group breakfast or brunch. It’s a great simple recipe that can be tailored to your tastes easily.
This meat, potato, and cheese dish is a Midwestern classic. Whether you call it a casserole or you call it a hotdish you know that tater tots are the definition of comfort food.
These baked beans have everything you’d want in a classic casserole: thick, salty slices of bacon, sweet molasses, and brown sugar, and a little bit of heat from Tabasco sauce. These beans take up to four hours in the oven, so be sure to plan ahead.
In this recipe, whitefish is seasoned with a delicious dill and onion mixture before it is baked and then served with a tasty cucumber, tomato, and dill relish.
This taco-inspired casserole shares its name with a region in southeastern Arizona where this type of dish is popular. We love this casserole because it comes together quickly; once you brown the beef in a skillet, the rest of the casserole is done in about half an hour.
Using frozen hash browns, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and cheddar cheese, you can have this hearty casserole ready in no time.
Eat your greens in the most indulgent way with this golden-topped, baked creamed spinach.
With lean ground turkey, mushrooms, and bacon, this recipe is a lean twist on the classic American biscuits and gravy.
This hearty casserole is a favorite in Ireland, where it was whipped up during the coldest of winters. As its name suggests, it was originally made with lamb or mutton, but these days you may be more familiar with it being made with beef. For a healthier version, try using ground chicken.
If you’re looking for a casserole with an amazingly crunchy breadcrumb topping, this is your new go-to recipe. Danielle of So Good Blog says, “Leftover mashed potatoes never had it so good,” and we agree.
How on earth do you serve a pressed sandwich to a bunch of your closest friends for dinner? Unless you own a dry cleaner’s giant trouser press, you’re going to need to try it my way. The simple instructions below will allow you pack your leftover ham into one of my favorite culinary forms — the casserole!
For an easy side dish that's a great match for this cheesy, baked eggplant Parmesan, sauté broccoli rabe in a bit of olive oil with some chopped garlic and red pepper flakes, then finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
In this recipe, chicken breast is baked and smothered in a hearty amount of mozzarella cheese, a layer of tomatoes, and an aromatic scattering of torn basil leaves.
Any host or hostess will tell you that prepping ahead is an essential step in throwing a great party. A recipe like this one allows you to do just that. That means more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen.
Eggplant and pomegranate are a winning combination in this casserole, and the lentils make this vegetarian recipe hearty and satisfying.
We love this creative take on classic eggs Benedict; it has all the flavors of this breakfast favorite without any of the work of poaching eggs.
Casseroles can be a great way to eat healthy during the summer. You can combine wholesome ingredients like farro (a wheat-based grain that is good and chewy when cooked properly) with fresh summer produce like tomatoes for a nutritious made-ahead meal (that means less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the sunshine).
This Finnish macaroni casserole is similar to American macaroni and cheese. We love it because there’s no need to make a béchamel sauce; just add the milk, eggs, and cheese to the casserole dish and bake. It's easier to make than it is to pronounce.
Stay cozy this winter with this fire-grilled fajita casserole. Scorched red and yellow peppers make this casserole taste as if it just came off the grill.
Don't fear a hungry brunch crowd. With eggs and baguette in hand, along with a few more staples, you'll have a delicious strata to serve.
You can’t have Thanksgiving without green bean casserole. This tried-and-true recipe is quick and easy to make; it uses four ingredients and comes together in about half an hour.
Fresh mushrooms, Madeira wine, mascarpone cheese, and fresh green beans simmered in savory broth come together to create an utterly delicious, creamy, and flavorful side dish. This elegant and creative spin on green bean casserole is sure to become your must-have favorite side dish.
Who wouldn’t enjoy a plateful of french fries smothered in ground beef and a mountain of cheddar cheese?
This tasty breakfast casserole is the perfect way to start the day. It’s creamy, delicious, and oh-so- comforting!
Are you searching for a way to breathe new life into some leftover ham? Give this easy casserole recipe a try, which has only five ingredients — ingredients you may already have handy. It's a hearty one-pot meal that's sure to stick to your ribs.
This good old-fashioned favorite will remind you of the boxed Hamburger Helper you ate as a child, but with more sweet and smoky flavors. If you can’t find liquid smoke, try adding a few pinches of dried, ground chipotle powder instead.
Our healthy mac and cheese has fewer calories and less fat than the traditional version without sacrificing the trademark cheesy flavor and hearty satisfaction that the childhood classic brings to the dinner table. Using butternut squash purée as a base creates a creamy consistency and a distinct fall flavor.
If you’re looking for a way to spice up pork, try this delicious casserole from the “Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.” With soy sauce, molasses, chili paste, and five-spice powder, this dish is loaded with flavor.
This hearty casserole features a tasty filling of ground beef, bell pepper, onion, baked beans, chickpeas, and spices that is then topped with fluffy biscuits!
Broccoli and cauliflower, those winter staples, are far more interesting combined than when served alone. In this recipe from “Sunday Casseroles,” the tender florets, which are available fresh and conveniently packaged in many supermarkets, are arranged in individual baking dishes, and topped with a rich cheddar sauce, scented with lemon. These little gratins would make a distinctive side to roast chicken or leg of lamb, or just about any beef roast.
This is the ultimate comfort food to serve if you plan on having some picky guests over. This dish is an all-around crowd-pleaser. It’s a great, quick dinner to have on hand and gives the good old chile recipe a little bit of a twist! This recipe utilizes the “sauté” and “pressure cook” functions of the Instant Pot, although you can make in any other multi-cooker.
There are few things more decedent than lobster. If you plan to indulge during the holidays, you have to try this lobster macaroni and cheese recipe. Top it with Panko breadcrumbs and melted butter, then place the casserole under the broiler for a few minutes for added crunch.
Topped with crunchy walnuts, this casserole is one of a kind, with layers of sweet potatoes, yams, and fresh pears, drizzled with maple syrup!
This is one casserole that may become part of your regular lineup: It is that good. Perfect to serve as a side dish or on its own, and you could even add a fried egg on the side. Then again, it would also be a great dip eaten with more chips.
Quinoa, chopped spinach, corn, black beans, cumin, chile peppers, and vegan cheese make for an unbelievably delicious casserole! If you aren’t vegan, feel free to use your favorite non-vegan cheese instead.
The great thing about this spicy lasagna, courtesy of the “One Pot” cookbook, is that you can prep and assemble this dish up to a day in advance; just cover it with foil and refrigerate. When you’re ready to bake it, leave it covered and pop it into the oven, following directions, but adding five to 10 minutes to the initial baking time.
“Here’s my tribute to cream of mushroom soup. Nostalgia is a big part of comfort food, and almost everyone I’ve spoken to has that shared memory of tucking into a steaming bowl of this soup as a child, particularly when they were feeling poorly. I’ve taken it up a notch while still giving you that old-school familiar flavor. It’s a total beauty in its own right, but I’ve also shown you how to turn the soup into a pasta bake, which was fashionable in the ’80s.” —Jamie Oliver in his cookbook “Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food”
This one-pot dish turns super-convenient frozen meatballs into a creamy, slightly cheesy main dish, complete with the vegetables built right in!
When the craving for this campfire indulgence hits, desperate times call for desperate measures — and we don’t pass judgment. This recipe was designed for times when you want a s’more, but don’t have access to a firepit or grill. Everything is baked in the oven and couldn’t be easier to prepare.
This make-ahead French toast is the perfect special breakfast for those of you who really aren’t morning people.
This deliciously decadent recipe is perfect for entertaining. Plus, it uses a signature bourbon brown sugar sauce that will make your brunch guests weep with joy.
Few would guess that there was any fast food included in this casserole, but adding Popeye’s signature pecan pie gives it a unique taste and reduces the number of ingredients you need to make this holiday staple.
"Fish casserole" may sound funny, but this is a fresh and delicious take on a Portuguese classic. This is a perfect meal for weeknight entertaining because you can assemble the casserole early in the day. or even the night before. and pop it into the oven shortly after your guests arrive.
This is a fantastic dish to serve along with your Thanksgiving meal or at any other winter or fall dinner. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even make it with butternut squash instead of potato.
This casserole will quickly become a cold-weather staple. The sauerkraut lends a pleasant tanginess to this creamy potato gratin, making it a great complement to heavy dishes like venison stew or beef roast.
We love the bold flavors in this breakfast casserole from the Donna Hay cookbook “The New Classics.” Fresh kale and pumpkin are combined with spicy chorizo, tangy goat cheese, and caramelized onion relish for a delicious and well-balanced dish.
For the Pumpkin, Chorizo, and Kale Frittata recipe, click here.
If you’re looking for more ways to eat super-healthy quinoa, you should try this delicious casserole. It’s full of fresh summery flavors, and combines tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil to imitate the flavors of a classic Caprese salad.
“Easy, delicious, and different is how I would describe this casserole. Petite meatballs prepared with ground lamb and seasoned with Moroccan spices are nestled into a baked rice pilaf during the last few minutes of cooking. The rice, scented with saffron, cooks to a rich, golden yellow and is accented with bits of red bell pepper and Medjool dates.” — Betty Rosbottom, author of “Sunday Casseroles“
Shepherd’s pie is a classic dish to serve on St. Patrick’s Day. This recipe adds beer to the mix, letting you eat and drink at the same time!
The beauty of a potato gratin is that the edges of the dish get crisp and browned, but the inside is soft and creamy. We love this recipe because it makes individual servings, so everybody gets to enjoy both.
This casserole takes time — three hours in the slow cooker — but if you plan ahead, you can truly set it and forget about it. That is, until the delicious aroma of thyme and rosemary fills your house!
Not in the mood for a bulky breakfast sandwich? Try using your smoked salmon, dill, and cream cheese in a delicious casserole instead. This casserole doesn’t use any bread (sorry, no bagel here); it uses starchy red potatoes as its base.
Here’s a fun fact: Wild rice isn’t actual rice; it’s a grass. If you’re new to wild rice, try it in this dish. It’s a spin on a Spanish classic and has all the flavors you’d expect in arroz con pollo: onion, paprika, and saffron.
Bread pudding perfectly embodies all the true spirit of casseroles, elevating everyday ingredients in a baking dish until they are transformed into something far greater than their individual parts. This delicious dessert casserole from Donna Hay’s new cookbook, “The New Classics,” takes buttery brioche bread and fresh strawberries and transforms them into something that is truly divine.
Here’s a traditional holiday casserole that is lightened up using a few spritzes of oil (rather than glugs) and chicken stock. Just because it’s better for you doesn’t mean it tastes any less delicious.
This gratin will convert those wary-of-green-vegetable eaters to greens lovers. A simple white sauce lightly coats Swiss chard leaves, and a topping of cheese and crisp breadcrumbs seals the deal. For a different presentation, bake in individual gratin dishes or ramekins rather than one large dish. Make up to a day ahead and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
This take on the classic comfort food uses four different kinds of cheese to deliver a decadent and rich mac and cheese that will wow your family and friends.
This breakfast casserole is a delicious combination of tortillas, tomatoes, breakfast sausage, and eggs.
Turkey Tetrazzini is a fancy name for a turkey casserole with a cream sauce, mushrooms, and peas and is the perfect dish to use up any leftover Thanksgiving turkey you may have.
Instead of frying your French toast in oil, butter, and other fatty foods, make this version in the oven to take the frying out of the process. This eggnog-flavored recipe is perfect for brunch, serving up a healthy meal that everyone will love. The recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, so everyone can enjoy!
for a hearty and delicious baked breakfast casserole, this oatmeal that is made with cinnamon, almond milk, blueberries, and pecans will certainly hit the spot!
This traditional recipe is given a healthy twist and proves that food from the South can taste good and be good for you, too.
Sometimes the perfect cure for winter gloom is a steaming plate of melty lasagna. Unfortunately for those who choose a dairy-free diet, lasagna's main ingredient is cheese. There's a way around that, though. Cheese substitutes are readily available in grocery stores and can fill in for the real thing. Make this recipe and you'll please vegans, vegetarians, and even meat-eaters. The empty dish says it all.
This colorful casserole from Vicky’s vegetarian and gluten-free food blog makes root vegetables as attractive as summer’s best produce. As a bonus, she adds herbaceous bites of stuffing made with almonds. Though this casserole is a perfectly delicious recipe to make any time of year, because it is slightly festive it will probably become one of those much loved recipes that help you get through the holidays.
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