Warm and comforting casseroles are ideal additions to your menu for holiday parties and dinners. They feed a crowd, they can be made ahead of time, and everybody likes them. Whether you're a traditionalist or you're looking for something new, you'll find a dish to love in this collection of main dish and side dish casserole recipes.
You can make a double batch of roasted tomatoes early in the week (say, for this whole-wheat penne dinner) and save half for this recipe. With the tomatoes already prepared, the rest of the preparation will only take 15 minutes.
Adapted with permission from "Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen" by Heidi Swanson, copyright 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
Using whole-wheat pasta and breadcrumbs boosts the fiber content of this crowd-pleaser and gives it an appealing nuttiness. Fat-free milk, part-skim ricotta, and a touch of sharp Parmesan lighten the casserole without sacrificing the taste or texture.
The arrival of a new baby, whether it's the parents' first or fifth, means that moms and dads have their hands plenty full even without worrying about getting dinner on the table. Give the gift of a well-stocked freezer to the new parents: Simply copy the reheating instructions (included in each of these recipes) onto a freezer label and affix to your special deliveries.