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70+ Best Casserole Recipes That Make Weeknight Dinner Plans a Breeze

With these recipes, dinner practically makes itself.

casserole recipe ziti
Brian Woodcock

Those of us who have to plan out the family dinner night after night are always on the lookout for recipes that are a) easy, b) nourishing, and c) crowd pleasers. And nothing hits all three of those qualities better than a hot, fresh casserole straight out of the oven. That's why we've rounded up our all-time favorite casserole recipes. These are the best we have: the ones that are largely hands-off, that don't cost an arm and a leg to make, that are packed with good-for-you ingredients, and most importantly are absolutely delicious. Filled with your favorite ingredients, these spring, summer, winter, and fall casserole recipes will make dinner—and lunch the next day—a total breeze. What's more, these easy casserole recipes can even do triple duty as breakfast. Imagine waking up to the heavenly aroma of a French toast casserole, a cheesy zucchini bake, or a classic breakfast casserole with spicy turkey sausage, flavorful mushrooms, and juicy tomatoes. Yum! We've also got chicken casserole recipes and healthy casserole recipes, like a potato and Manchego casserole with maple bacon that your kids won't believe is actually lightened up.

Of course, you don't just have to view these fast casserole recipe ideas as fuel for your family. We've also got decadent, over-the-top ideas that work just as beautifully at a fall dinner party. Impress your guests with a cheesy Caprese casserole (tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and two types of cheese are the secret ingredients!), or try a Southern-inspired yellow squash casserole that's as pretty as it is delicious.

sausage and cheese lasagna
Hector Sanchez
1 of 73
Sausage and Cheese Lasagna

Lasagna: The original casserole! This one-pan version earns its place at your table by being not only delicious, but easy and, at just 40 minutes from prep to table, pretty fast, too!

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cauliflower mac and cheese
2 of 73
Baked Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

Baked mac is the elegant version of the weeknight stovetop variety. Don't skip the cauliflower, it gives this dish an even richer, cheesier taste.

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southern thanksgiving menu broccoli cauliflower gratin
Dana Gallagher
3 of 73
Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

We think this Gruyère-based sauce could go on just about anything, but it's especially good on broccoli and cauliflower. Don't forget to add a pinch of fresh nutmeg.

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casserole recipe ziti
Brian Woodcock
4 of 73
Meatball-and-Spinach Baked Ziti

Kids picky eaters? Loaded with cheese, pasta, and tender meatballs, this bake guarantees that every plate will be wiped clean.

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casserole recipes squash
Brian Woodcock
5 of 73
Squash Casserole

This creamy casserole is loaded with fresh squash, and topped with cheese and crushed butter crackers.

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casserole recipe green been chicken
Brian Woodcock
6 of 73
Green Bean-and-Barley Chicken Casserole

With creamy chicken and green beans topped with iconic cheese crackers, this dish is a nostalgic nod to Nanas everywhere.

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casserole recipe gnocchi
Brian Woodcock
7 of 73
Ham and Leek Baked Gnocchi

If you're starting to get tired of mashed potatoes, there's a new starchy side in town, and it's ready to get to know your go-to roast chicken.

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casserole recipe biscuits
Brian Woodcock
8 of 73
Shrimp Chowder with Herb Drop Biscuits

Have guests coming in an hour? Thirty minutes at the stove, and you'll wow them with plump shrimp and herb-flecked biscuits.

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casserole recipes sweet potato casserole with homemade marshmallow
Dana Gallagher
9 of 73
Sweet Potato Casserole With Homemade Marshmallow

You can have Thanksgiving year-round thanks to this classic sweet potato casserole recipe. It's topped with a delightful homemade marshmallow spread that'll make your kids think it's dessert!

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Johnny Miller
10 of 73
Green Bean Casserole with Fried Shallots

This updated classic features a rich sauce with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and a touch of Parmesan.

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casserole recipe lamb bake
Brian Woodcock
11 of 73
Swiss Chard-and-Lamb Bake

Fresh flavors and a flaky layered topper will elevate the humble everyday dish.

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casserole recipe pork pie
Brian Woodcock
12 of 73
Pork Tamale Pie

If your slow cooker is broken, let the gentle heat from the oven thicken the sauce and slowly cook the pork into tender shreds in this fix-it-and-forget-it dish.

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casserole recipes potato manchego
Andrew Purcell
13 of 73
Potato and Manchego Casserole with Maple Bacon

Lighten up! Replace bacon with chicken sausage, swap Manchego for low-fat Swiss, and use egg substitute to save 179 calories and 22 grams of fat per serving.

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casserole recipes yellow squash
Ed Anderson
14 of 73
Southern Yellow-Squash Casserole

A dash of spice is a tasty addition to this creamy, cheesy vegetable casserole.

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casserole recipes gratin
15 of 73
Golden Squash, Pepper, and Tomato Gratin

Fresh summer vegetables, fragrant basil, and savory Parmesan come together beautifully in this brilliant casserole dish.

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creamed kale gratin
16 of 73
Creamed Kale Gratin

Instead of the expected spinach, kale delivers iron-rich goodness in an irresistibly gooey casserole.

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casserole recipes enchiladas
John Kernick
17 of 73
Sour Cream-Chicken Enchiladas

Recipe by Lisa Fain, author of The Homesick Texan Cookbook

Though Fain, a seventh-generation Texan, now lives in New York City, she spends a lot of time re-creating the vibrant Tex-Mex food of her youth. Think that doesn't include casseroles? Take a gander at these cheesy chicken enchiladas.

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casserole recipes jerusalem artichoke
John Kernick
18 of 73
Jerusalem Artichoke-and-Fennel Casserole

Recipe by Ken Oringer, chef-owner of Clio and Uni in Boston

Oringer's gooey, nutmeg-spiked vegetarian option relies on earthy Jerusalem artichokes and crisp panko breadcrumbs for its satisfyingly rustic texture.

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casserole recipes sheperds pie
John Kernick
19 of 73
Shepherd's Pies with Lamb

Recipe by Wolfgang Puck, chef-partner of Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles

"You can't go wrong with shepherd's pie," says Puck, who grew up eating a version in Austria.

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casserole recipes corn bake
John Kernick
20 of 73

Christina Tosi — known for fearlessly using potato chips, cornflakes, and coffee grounds as cookie ingredients at Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City — serves this hearty corn casserole as a side at every big family feast.

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casserole recipes potato leek
Marcus Nilsson
21 of 73
Leek and Potato Gratin

Creamy, starchy, and so satisfying, this classic gratin makes a delectable addition to your holiday table.

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casserole recipes pimento gratin
Dana Gallagher
22 of 73
Pimento-Cheese Potato Gratin

Crushed chile flakes and roasted red peppers contribute spicy punch to this creamy potato gratin, inspired by pimento cheese — often called Southern pate.

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eggplant lasagna
Kana Okada
23 of 73
Eggplant Lasagna

This "lasagna" recipe cuts out the noodles altogether and uses fresh summer eggplant instead. Eggplant slices, instead of noodles, plus low-fat cheeses save 212 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 33 carbs per serving.

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casserole recipes turkey pie
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24 of 73
Turkey Potpie with Phyllo Crust

Keep it simple by creating a traditional casserole your family already loves: potpie. But this time, swap out the usual pie crust for light, flaky Greek phyllo.

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casserole recipes mac cheese
Ellen Silverman
25 of 73
Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken

Instead of the usual Cheddar, this satisfying casserole calls for smoked mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano, as well as a creamy rosemary béchamel. Add already-made roast chicken to the macaroni.

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casserole recipes turkey tetrazzini
Kana Okada
26 of 73
Turkey-Porcini Tetrazzini

A new way to cook Thanksgiving leftovers: mushroom and pasta casserole!

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casserole recipes pie sheperds
Kana Okada
27 of 73
Shepherd's Pie

A great way to use up leftovers, Shepherd's Pie is the quintessential comfort food: mashed potatoes, veggies, and ground turkey.

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Kana Okada
28 of 73
Marilyn's Mac and Cheese

Tomatoes and sour cream add extra zest in this easy and delicious dish.

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casserole recipes egg
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29 of 73
Egg-and-Cheese Souffle

Rick Bayless — author of Mexico: One Plate at a Time — says his mother, Levita, was one of those cooks who relied on a few delicious go-to recipes. "She had one special-occasion dish that she called her egg soufflé," says Bayless. "We've made it since time immemorial in my family."

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casserole recipes ham gratin
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Ham and Potato Gratins

Prepare a whole new dish using leftover ham with this easy potato, cheese, and ham casserole recipe. Dividing the gratin between ramekins makes for perfect individual main course servings.

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