Casseroles are a comforting classic we all know and love and have become a staple within most of our diets throughout the fall and winter months. Still, it’s easy to get stuck in a food rut and end up repeatedly making the same two casseroles on rotation.
This collection of 34 delicious, comforting and easy casserole recipes should take you right the way through the colder months and prove that the humble casserole is one of the most versatile dishes out there.
Delicious meals with virtually no effort? We love to see it!
Keep scrolling for 34 of our favorite casserole recipes that make weeknights a breeze and are sure to be a hit with everyone sat around the dinner table.
This is one of our favorite casserole recipes with chicken because it’s comforting and hearty but still feels fairly light.
The creamy sauce is made through a combination of cream of chicken, cream of celery, and cream of mushroom soup, and the only other ingredients you’ll need are the chicken, rice, and butter.
Served with green vegetables or a crunchy green salad, this is a great weeknight meal that’s affordable and requires virtually no preparation, making it a great option for when you’re short on time.
There are very few ingredients that sound as comforting as cheese, pasta, and sour cream.
Throw them all together in a casserole along with chicken, garlic, onion, and a few other pantry staples, and you have yourself a ridiculously comforting casserole.
Try substituting the milk for vegetable or chicken stock for extra flavor and adding in some dried mixed herbs!
Serve alongside garlic bread and top with freshly chopped chives or parsley.
This is essentially a roast chicken dinner in the form of a casserole, meaning that you get the comforting flavor of a Sunday roast but without having to put the time and effort in.
Made in just 45 minutes, it’s the perfect weeknight roast dinner with great nutritional value, too, as it covers all food groups.
This is also a great way of using up holiday or Sunday roast leftovers so that you can enjoy the taste of a big dinner again throughout the week.
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This dish has been called ‘million dollars’ because it’s decadent, comforting, and rich.
Spaghetti is tossed in a hearty, meaty ragu and layered with four types of cheese: cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, and cheddar.
We like to think of it as a spaghetti lasagna, and really, is there anything that sounds heartier and more comforting than that?
As the name suggests, this dish is very rich, so if you’re fancying a lighter dish, try replacing the ground beef with ground turkey.
Casserole dishes often include pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes, so the crispy tater tots that top this hearty mixture of ground beef, cheddar cheese, corn, and sour cream makes for a nice change.
To make it stretch a little further, you could add pinto or black beans into the mixture and if you fancy something a little spicier, try adding in some spicy taco seasoning or jarred jalapenos.
This is a great main dish casserole recipe to serve for a large group as it can be made ahead of time, is really simple to make, and requires very little time to put together, meaning that you can spend more time with your guests.
It’s a real crowd pleaser and requires just 5 ingredients: dried egg noodles, ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, French onion dip, and fried onions.
We can never have too many stuffing recipe ideas, and this one is a real winner.
Creamy and packed with flavor, this easy casserole is sure to have everyone around the table asking for seconds!
The ingredients are minimal and affordable, too, and make this recipe a real family-friendly weeknight dinner idea.
Serve with roasted, herby potatoes and a jug of steaming gravy, and we guarantee everyone will be happy.
With just 4 ingredients, it’s no surprise that this is one of the most popular casserole recipes out there.
In fact, it now has over 1.4 million shares, and for a good reason.
Pasta, ground beef, canned tomato soup, and shredded cheese come together to create this hearty meal that is great for any of us on a tight budget.
If you wanted to add extra flavor, taco seasoning, mixed herbs, minced garlic, and onions would all be great additions.
With their comforting, hearty nature, ‘casserole’ and ‘low carb’ are not a set of words you expect to see in the same sentence, but this is a great low carb casserole recipe that’s great for if you’re following a keto diet, too.
It’s almost a hybrid between a hamburger and a lasagna, so really, what’s not to love?
Our top tip with this one would be to steam the broccoli before adding it to the baking dish to avoid the broccoli from leaking too much water and leaving you with a watery casserole.
This biscuit base topped with shredded cheese, ground beef flavored with taco seasonings, corn, cream cheese, and diced tomatoes couldn’t be more comforting if it tried.
The biscuit base is made with Bisquick, making this a really quick and easy casserole dish that tastes just as good as it looks.
It’s another affordable option, and this recipe serves around six portions, making it a great weeknight dinner option for large families.
It’s no secret that breakfast time when you have kids can be hectic and, let’s face it – stressful.
That’s where this breakfast casserole comes in.
It can be made ahead and stored in the freezer or fridge to make your mornings run a lot more smoothly.
Sausage, cheese, onions, tater tots, milk, and eggs are combined and baked to create this easy breakfast option that keeps everyone happy and fuels them for the day ahead.
Hash browns are arguably one of the best parts of a breakfast cook-up.
They’re one of the ultimate comfort foods but paired with cheddar cheese and sour cream, this recipe takes them to a whole new level.
This is another great freezer-friendly breakfast option and can be served alongside smoky baked beans and your favorite cooked breakfast regulars for the weekends when you have a little more time to play with and get creative.
Saying this aloud quickly is the only thing that’s difficult about this dish.
Loaded with cheese, sausage, butter, and eggs, this casserole makes for a real crowd-pleaser of a breakfast option and reminds us of camping trips.
It’s also really adaptable to your preferences and whatever you happen to have on hand. Don’t like sausage? Choose another meat or skip the meat altogether and go for some good quality chopped fresh tomatoes and chuck them in instead.
This healthy casserole recipe is one that, while lighter on the calories, is just as hearty as the more calorific options.
This is a really quick and easy recipe, but to save even more time, we recommend using a store-bought rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own from fresh.
The chicken and zucchini are tossed in a creamy sauce made with sour cream, but if you want to reduce the fat content, use a reduced-fat crème Fraiche instead.
If you’re looking to increase your protein intake, this is the recipe for you as the creamy, rich sauce is made with protein-rich cottage cheese and is flavored with artichoke hearts, garlic, shredded cheese, and dried thyme.
The lemon and fresh parsley this recipe calls for really helps to brighten this dish and is a nice way of enjoying a comforting casserole without it being heavy or too rich.
Serve with herby, garlic crushed potatoes, and a salad, and you have an easy but impressive dinner party dish.
This medley of sausage, potatoes, green beans, and loads of flavorful herbs and spices is one of the best casserole recipes for serving alongside a holiday meal.
Fresh green beans are best here, but canned or frozen work too and make this an affordable but impressive side dish to serve with any main.
This can also be made in the slow cooker, making your meal prep less stressful and more enjoyable.
If there’s anything more comforting than a casserole, it’s got to be a baked potato!
And what’s more comforting than a baked potato? A twice-baked potato, of course.
These baked potato skins are loaded with creamy mashed potatoes, bacon, cheese, green onions, and sour cream and are seriously easy to both make and eat.
Serve with a salad dressed with a creamy dressing or as a side to quiche, barbecued meats, or roast chicken.
Pot pies can be hours in the making, but this quick and easy pot pie casserole takes the work out of making a crust from scratch and instead calls for store-bought crescent rolls.
The filling is made up of shredded chicken, gravy, peas, carrots, and potatoes and makes for a filling, hearty and comforting meal, perfect for winter weeknights.
If you wanted to cut down on the preparation time, even more, we would again recommend using rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own chicken from scratch.
Juicy chicken, tender broccoli, and pasta are draped with a creamy mushroom cheddar cheese sauce to make this delicious casserole.
This is lazy, cozy cooking at its best and takes just 30 minutes from kitchen to table. What’s not to love?
The pasta can easily be swapped for rice here, and the protein could be swapped for shrimp or torn up fried and seasoned tofu for any vegetarian or plant-based guests.
This easy casserole is somewhere between cauliflower cheese and loaded potatoes as the potatoes are swapped for cauliflower, but the chives, sour cream, cheese, and bacon remain.
If you’re following a low carb or keto diet, this is a must-save as it has all the comfort of a classic casserole, and the cauliflower is deceptively like potatoes as it has a starchy texture.
Serve with a salad or roasted vegetables, and you have yourself a low-carb but highly satisfying dinner or lunch.
If you need casserole dinner ideas, this chicken casserole fits the bill.
Tender chicken is submerged in a creamy ranch sauce with bacon and topped with a golden, cheesy, biscuit-y crust.
It’s a great recipe for if you fancy a pot pie, but you’re short on time or don’t want to go to the effort of making a homemade pie crust.
Wonderful for sharing or cozying up with on your own after a long day, this is the ultimate comfort casserole recipe.
We all love a recipe that works for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, don’t we?
Regardless of the time you’re serving it. It’s a great meal option for making busier days run a lot more smoothly because it can be left in the slow cooker all day and only uses six ingredients.
To save even more time, the recipe calls for the hash brown mix to save on prepping and chopping fresh potatoes.
The only other ingredients you’ll need are kielbasa sausage, onion, shredded cheese, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream.
Unsurprisingly, kids are known for going wild for this dish, but it’s worth getting excited about as an adult, too.
It sounds an odd creation, but the flavorful and spicy Doritos add a really nice textural element and work well with the spicy and creamy filling.
All the usual suspects for a Mexican-inspired casserole are Colby cheese, green chilies, corn, black beans, and taco seasoning.
If you need a weeknight staple dish to come back to time and time again, that will keep everyone happy. This is the one for you!
This dish is scent and taste-wise, reminiscent of a chicken stew but requires much less time to put together.
Shredded rotisserie chicken, carrots, green pepper, onion, rice, and cream of chicken soup are topped with shredded cheese to make this comforting and hearty dish.
The great thing about this recipe (aside from the taste) is its adaptability. You can switch the vegetables out for anything in your fridge or leftovers you need to use up.
Ridiculously easy to make and bake, this casserole delivers on flavor and, as the name suggests, is easy to adapt.
The recipe called for beans, cream of mushroom soup, and diced tomatoes mixed with ground beef and topped with shredded cheese, but you could adapt most of these ingredients.
The beans can be replaced with any vegetables, and the cream of mushroom soup can be replaced with a mixture of the same quantity of chicken stock mixed with sour cream.
This dish is a hybrid between French toast and apple pie, and really, are there any desserts out there that are as comforting?
This can be enjoyed as breakfast or a dessert, and the secret ingredients here are the ground cinnamon and raisin bread.
You can use regular white bread, but the raisin bread is worth using here as it adds a natural sweetness, and the combination of the warming cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg work really well with the sweet, sticky raisins.
It goes without saying that you can’t really go wrong with cheese, salty bacon, chicken, and potatoes, can you?
You’ll need just 6 ingredients to make this all-in-one easy casserole: baby boomer little potatoes, ranch dressing, chicken breasts, Mexican cheese blend, bacon, and green onion.
Baby boomer little potatoes can be difficult to get hold of depending on where you live, so if you can’t find them, you can use chopped Yukon Gold yellow potatoes instead.
Served with a simple dressed green salad on the side, this is a great, quick and easy dinner idea.
This recipe sits somewhere between a lasagna and a stroganoff and is undoubtedly one of the most comforting and hearty casserole recipes out there.
Spaghetti is tossed with a tomato and sour cream beef ragu and topped with shredded cheese before being baked until crispy and golden on top.
Fun fact: the creator and author of this recipe made this for her then-boyfriend, and it lead to a proposal, so if that doesn’t sell this recipe, we don’t know what will!
Casseroles are universally recognized as being rich and hearty, but if you’re looking for a healthy casserole recipe, this is the recipe for you.
Loaded with pasta, chicken, black beans, corn, cheese, and lots of seasonings, this casserole is really flavorful and comforting and is mild enough to be enjoyed by little ones, too.
Our tip to cut back on prep time would be to sub the freshly cooked chicken here for either rotisserie or canned chicken.
These cheesy, beefy, and well-spiced rice-filled roasted pepper halves are absolutely delicious. Still, if you’re after a low-carb casserole recipe or on a low carb or keto diet, you can easily skip the rice here and add in a compliant vegetable to bulk the mixture out instead.
If you need ideas for accompaniments for this dish, click here for ideas on what goes with stuffed peppers.
This is, essentially, an amped-up version of cauliflower cheese, and we’re here to sing its praises!
Mixed with sour cream, Monterey Jack, cheddar, cream cheese, bacon, and chives, this cauliflower dish is good enough to be served alone but is great alongside garlic roasted vegetables and potatoes.
Alone, this is another low-carb and keto-friendly dinner option that will leave you feeling comforted and satisfied, without the bloat!
Is chicken pot pie the ultimate comfort food? We think so.
We all know and love it’s a dish but don’t make it all that often due to the time and skill involved in making the dough.
Luckily, this recipe cuts out all of the hard work and cuts a few corners by using store-bought biscuits to form the crust.
We love both pastry and biscuits, but the biscuits here are submerged into the sauce it sits on top of and soaks up all the flavor.
This dish delivers all the flavors of a sloppy joe, but the cheesy and crunchy tater tot topping adds a nice bit of texture.
It’s quick and easy to make, and the secret ingredients here are the Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, which add a tangy, salty hit.
If you’re short on condiments and time, you can skip the brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup and swap them out for barbeque sauce instead.
For more accompaniment inspiration, click here for ideas on what to serve with sloppy joes.
As with a good, hearty casserole, it’s only right to end this post with an equally comforting dessert recipe.
This is the ultimate Fall dessert recipe as homemade pumpkin puree, and a spiced bread mix is topped with a pumpkin pie spice mix, pecan, and brown sugar streusel topping and baked until caramelized crispy on top.
Served with a rich vanilla custard or ice cream, even just the thought of this has us drooling!
- 1 box/pkg Stove Top stuffing mix
- 1 1/2 cups chicken, cooked & shredded
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 small diced onion
- 1 medium carrot
- 1.5 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup steamed broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup grated cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
- Grease a baking dish with a little butter (this makes serving easier as it prevents the casserole from sticking to the dish)
- In a bowl, whisk the chicken broth and soup together and set this aside
- Place the dry stuffing mix, shredded chicken and carrot, onion, and broccoli into a bowl and mix, before placing into the greased dish.
- Pour the broth and soup mixture over the mixture in the baking dish (try to evenly disperse the liquid as best you can)
- Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven after 30 minutes, gently mix the casserole before sprinkling over the shredded cheese and bake, uncovered, for another 15 minutes.