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A casserole has a lot going for it: It’s a super-comforting meal that dirties just a single baking dish and feeds a crowd. But I’d argue the most incredible thing about this classic dish is how versatile it is. Gather together just about any ingredients and there’s a good chance you can turn them into a winning casserole. Eggs and sausage are transformed into a make-ahead breakfast casserole you can throw right into the oven in the morning; a box of ziti and a jar of sauce easily become a no-fuss pasta bake; and vegetables and cheese make a killer side dish.
Here are over 100 recipes that prove just how mighty the casserole is — no matter what time of day you make one.
Meat-Free Breakfast Casseroles
These meatless breakfast casseroles are packed with both protein and flavor.
If you’re looking for a dish that’s comforting and hearty, it’s hard to argue with classic combos like breakfast meats and eggs.
French toast the traditional way is delicious — but if you’re serving more than a couple people, it can be time-consuming to get everything cooked. Our solution? Make French toast casserole: It all comes out of the oven at the same time, and can often be prepared ahead of time, for even more ease!
Sweet Breakfast Casseroles
From baked oatmeal and breakfast strata to inspired takes on cheesecake, here are our favorite sweet breakfast casseroles.
Not every casserole has to cook in the oven. In fact, some of the most delicious, creamy, cheesy casseroles are made in the slow cooker.
For meatless Mondays, vegetarian friends, and all-around low-impact dinners, these veggie-heavy casseroles can’t be beat.
Although lasagna may be the best-known of the group, there are a lot more baked-pasta possibilities out there. Some of the smartest cut out a step or two by adding dried pasta directly to the pot, without boiling it first.
Nothing says classic yummy goodness like an old-fashioned chicken casserole.
From taco casseroles to classic shepherd’s pie, one of the best ways to use ground beef is in a casserole.
Some of our favorite casseroles make the most of their dairy — whether it’s generous amounts of cream or milk, or mounds of shredded cheese.
Don’t want to fire up the oven? That doesn’t have to stop you from making a casserole. Here are some of our best stovetop casserole dishes.
Quick Weeknight Casseroles
While casseroles can be great for meal prep or planning — just assemble ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate until you’re ready to bake — these extra-fast dishes can be assembled and cooked on a typical weeknight.
Whether you’re baking for a potluck, or just have something else in mind for the night’s centerpiece, not every casserole has to be the star of the meal. These supporting players will elevate any meal.