With cold weather (hopefully!) right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about all of the wonderful ways to cozy up at home. Warm wooly socks and hot mugs of tea are a great place to start, but for something a bit heartier that will satisfy any appetite, it’s best to turn to casseroles.
“Casserole” is a vague term that conjures to mind dishes full of bubbling, crispy, creamy, and generally hearty fare, baked in the oven until the ingredients come together in delicious harmony. They are one-pot wonders that can be made ahead of time to make any mealtime a breeze without sacrificing flavor, whether you’re entertaining guests or simply planning weeknight dinners. Casseroles freeze incredibly well, a trait which, once again, means they are the perfect make-ahead meal that can be stored in the freezer until needed.
Whether you find comfort in savory or sweet, there is a casserole out there to suit your needs. French toast, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, lasagna or lemon blueberry muffin, we have the casseroles you crave. Click on to discover our favorite comforting casserole recipes to make this fall.
Prepare this dish the night before and simply pop it in the oven upon awakening for a delicious, sweet, and lightly spiced French toast casserole everyone will love.
Mac and cheese is a classic casserole dish loved for its creamy, cheesy bottom and its crunchy breadcrumbed top. This recipe kicks things up a notch with hot sauce and Creole mustard.
You can substitute your favorite fruit if blueberries aren’t in season (or just use frozen). A crisp (or crumble) comes together effortlessly making it an ideal last-minute dessert.
This French toast casserole uses buttery croissants in place of regular bread, making it extra-French and incredibly indulgent.
Sweet and savory come together in this lasagna, which is cheese free and uses whole wheat noodles for a lighter take on a classically high-calorie dish.
You probably have a can of soup sitting forgotten under a layer of dust in your pantry. Use it to transform your next casserole.
Whip up this enchilada casserole in a flash for an easy dinner that everyone can enjoy. The casserole emerges from the oven, ready to be topped with yogurt, lettuce, fresh tomatoes, and cilantro, allowing each diner to make it their own.
Grilled chicken, caramelized carrots, potatoes, and celery come together in a delicious homemade chicken sauce and are then baked in the oven between two pie crusts. If you are a pot pie purist, feel free to fill a dish with the tasty filling and top it with puff pastry for a more traditional rendition.
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There is nothing more comforting that a plate full of lasagna. It’s a warm, ooey, gooey layering of three phenomenal things: cheese, pasta, and ragù. You seriously cannot go wrong with lasagna.
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Here we have a casserole that falls into the “speedy” category. Ready-made ingredients like canned soup and frozen vegetables help get this dish on the table quickly.
Turn to this vegetarian casserole for a dish that’s hearty and satisfying and chock of full flavor.
Meaty, delicious, and paleo, this casserole layers sweet potato mash with a creamy cauliflower and a simple ground beef ragù for a tasty one-dish dinner you’ll love.
Here is a healthy dish that is tasty and budget-friendly too! Spicy jalapeños are tamed in a creamy chicken and rice mixture, adding zing without being overpowering.
Enjoy this Thanksgiving staple year round — with fried onion, green beans and mushroom soup, it’s so delicious you’ll want to!
Whip up this savory breakfast casserole for a creamy, comforting way to start the day.
Swap noodles for tortillas and salsa for tomato sauce in this crowd-pleasing Mexican-inspired dish.
Transform convenient, frozen meatballs into a decadent, cheesy, main dish that provides carbohydrates, protein, and vegetables.
Lemon blueberry muffins get a delicious makeover in this recipe. This casserole sits overnight (in the fridge), which allows all of the flavors to blend together in a fabulously fruity way.
This dish is inspired by the mother of all casseroles: cassoulet. A truly stick-to-your-ribs recipe with chicken (instead of duck), sausage, bacon, beans, and even more delicious ingredients, you have to make this dish at least once.
A favorite from the Emerald Isle is shepherd’s pie! Traditionally made with lamb or mutton, these days people are more familiar with recipes that use ground beef. This recipe is a great blueprint for making a great shepherd’s pie regardless of which protein you choose to use.
This cheese topped, baked pasta is simple to make and requires just one pan, making cleanup a breeze.
Here’s a good casserole to make for brunch. It’s loaded with classic brunch flavors of smoked salmon and cream cheese and will enable you to enjoy the occasion rather than spending the whole time at the stove.
Elevate stale bread with cream, sugar, and eggs to create an incredibly luxurious, custardy dessert. This recipe will have you staling bread just so you have an excuse to make it.
You can enjoy sweet potato casserole more than one day a year. This recipe is straightforward and pairs well with chicken or pork (as well as turkey).
A quintessentially American casserole, the tuna noodle casserole is a childhood favorite for many. This recipe is easily adapted to be dairy-free or not, depending on your dietary needs.
Chili and cornbread go together inherently. This casserole uses vegan chili to create a vegan comfort food that’s as satisfying as its meat-filled counterpart.
A simple baked ziti can be a thing of dreams, and this recipe is one of The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Casseroles for All Occasions. To make the most of this recipe, try to buy the best quality ingredients possible — you’ll be able to taste the different in the first bite!