Dinner Casserole Recipes That the Whole Family Will Love
Eggplant Meatball Casserole
This is a test-kitchen favorite: It's hearty, vegetarian, and light on dairy (for a comforting casserole, that is). And these "meatballs," well, actually they're made with eggplant, and they are just divine.
Tuna-Noodle Casserole with Cauliflower
Looking for a new weeknight meal? We gave the dish that everyone loves a makeover. All the good things remain, but we add cauliflower and make the sauce from scratch (which isn't hard and doesn't take long). The result is just plain irresistible.
Mushroom and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole
Tacos, move aside. This Tex-Mex-inspired casserole has layers of comforting flavor -- sauteed mushrooms, black beans, and corn tortillas. And you can get it on the table in just 30 minutes.
Nothing beats a classic cottage pie, but we really rate this clever variation that uses potato slices instead of the usual mash. No need to cook the tatties before making the pie; the result is a delightful crispy topping.
Baked Spaghetti and Mozzarella
This baked pasta is oh-so much easier than lasagna and totally irresistible. It's made with everyone's favorite partners for tomatoes (mozzarella and basil); the spaghetti gets crispy in the oven and the cheese golden and bubbly.
Baked Shells and Broccoli with Ham and Cheesy-Creamy Cauliflower Sauce
If there are two things we can depend on in a casserole, it's a crunchy topping and a creamy sauce. To get the best of both (and prevent sogginess), toast the whole-wheat breadcrumbs for this dish and sprinkle them on top right before serving; don't bake them along with those creamy, vegelicious shells and ham.
Baked Polenta with Sausage and Artichoke Hearts
And now for something altogether different and totally delicious: an Italian-inspired casserole with polenta (a tube of store-bought) -- and sweet Italian sausage. Try this on a night when you want to be a trailblazer at the dinner table.
Mild Curried Lamb Casserole with Almonds
Casseroles are far from bland. Case in point: this lamb dish, called "bobotie" in its native South Africa. It's fragrant and lively (not hot/spicy), thanks to turmeric, cumin, coriander, and ginger.
Chicken-Sausage and Bean Casserole with Sage
There's plenty of flavorful crispy topping on this filling dish of cannellini beans and chicken sausage -- and a garnish of fried sage leaves give it a cheffy touch.
Cheese Enchilada Casserole
Customize this rich entree to suit your family's taste: Use our cheese enchiladas as a base, and choose one of our three savory sauces -- Tomato-Jalapeno Enchilada Sauce, Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce, or Chile-Raisin Enchilada Sauce -- plus your choice of toppings for a fast (yep, just 20 minutes) and really flavorsome meal.
Summer Beef-and-Rice Casserole
Meat sauce isn't always for pasta -- here it stars in a filling main with rice, plenty of zucchini and yellow squash, and a cheesy breadcrumb topping. A perfect summer-into-fall dinner.
Chicken, Leek, and Mushroom Casserole
What's the secret to a crunchy, textured topping? Hint: It's the bread. For this substantial chicken recipe especially, use a hearty multigrain variety (as opposed to a softer white-bread loaf, which may become gummy when baked). And don't forget the Parmesan on top!