24 Easy Casserole Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Photo: Linda Pugliese

Easy casseroles will never go out of style. Whether it's a timeless favorite, like a tuna-noodle casserole, or an inspired take on a classic, such as our Green Bean Casserole with Bacon, these recipes are sure to satisfy every palate from sunrise to sunset. Start the day with a French toast casserole—then, at dinnertime, opt for a casserole side dish or main.

But why are easy casseroles so popular? Well, they're always comforting to eat—and filling to boot. Plus, most can be prepped ahead and baked when you need them. Better yet, you serve right from the dish the casserole is made in, meaning less cleanup when the meal is through. They're also generally light on the budget.

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Cheddar, Beef, and Potato Casserole

cheddar beef and potato casserole
Chris Simpson

This easy casserole is the solution to the question, what's for dinner? Sautéed onions, ground beef, and mushrooms get added bulk from frozen mixed vegetables and cheddar cheese. The topping, frozen hash browns, is crisped up under the broiler.

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Chicken Divan

chicken divan
Bryan Gardner

A creamy, cheesy sauce brings together the chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms in this classic casserole. Using panko breadcrumbs on top adds just the right amount of crunch.

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Cheesy Spinach-Potato Egg Casserole

Cheesy Spinach-Potato Egg Casserole
Con Poulos

This vegetarian casserole is savory and satisfying thanks to a combination of Yukon gold potatoes, curly-leaf spinach, and plenty of fontina cheese. It can be baked and served in the same dish, which makes entertaining so much easier.

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Turkey-Pastrami Croque-Madame Casserole

turkey-pastrami croque-madame casserole served in white dish
Lennart Weibull

Feed your family this crowd-friendly casserole inspired by a French ham-and-cheese sandwich for breakfast or dinner. Swap the turkey pastrami for ham if you prefer but don't skip the fried egg on top of each portion—or the sprinkling of chives.

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Broccoli-Cheddar Hash-Brown Casserole

Yunhee Kim

Sure to lure even laggards out of bed in the morning, this crowd-pleaser combines shredded cheddar cheese, Dijon mustard, and Greek yogurt with grated potatoes and broccoli for an irresistible meal.

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Baked Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Baked Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Mike Krautter

Making French toast casserole is so much easier than standing at the stove flipping each slice one by one. We used rich, buttery brioche for this dish. It will absorb the custard as it soaks overnight.

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Salmon Noodle Casserole

Bryan Gardner

Serve this all-American classic for dinner tonight. Chopped scallions and plenty of fresh dill add brightness and color to the creamy pasta.

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Broccoli Casserole

Martyna Szczesna

Is this the ultimate holiday casserole? The base for this popular side is made with Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, sour cream, and gouda cheese. Then, broccoli is folded into the mixture before it is topped with crackers and baked until golden brown.

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Taco Casserole

Mike Krautter

Nachos meet tacos in this 30-minute casserole. Sauté ground beef, bell peppers, and onions with aromatics like tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, tomatoes, and pinto beans, then top with tortilla chips and a combination of Monterey jack and cheddar cheese. Who could resist?

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Three-Pepper Corn Casserole

Mike Krautter

Corn casserole is an all-American favorite. This recipe spices things up by adding minced chipotle in adobo and pepper jack cheese.

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Meatball Casserole

Anna Williams

This easy-to-make and easy-to-love casserole uses a combination of ground pork and ground beef.

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Tuna-Noodle Casserole with Cauliflower

Linda Pugliese

We've upgraded this nostalgic side dish with a better-for-you twist—cauliflower florets add texture and heft to the creamy casserole.

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Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast Casserole

Romulo Yanes

Make quick work of breakfast with this French toast casserole. A cinnamon-spiced custard and plenty of raisins give the dish the flavor of cinnamon toast.

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Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

chicken rice casserole
Yunhee Kim

Talk about easy! This casserole is on the table in 40 minutes. It uses favorite shortcut ingredients like pre-cooked rice, frozen peas, and store-bought rotisserie chicken to streamline prep.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

sweet potato casserole
John Kernick

Consider this the ultimate Thanksgiving casserole. Sweet potatoes are boiled until fork-tender, then transferred to a baking dish and topped with mini marshmallows.

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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

shepherds pie
Kate Mathis

Cremini mushrooms and green lentils take the place of ground beef in this cold-weather casserole. It's super savory and it will feed a crowd.

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Baked Mac and Cheese with Broiled Tomatoes

baked macaroni cheese broiled tomatoes
Armando Rafael

Macaroni and cheese is delicious on its own, but cover it with breadcrumbs and bake it, and it's a whole new ballgame. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the sliced tomato topping.

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Lasagna with Meat Sauce

ultimate lasagna slice on plate with fork
Justin Walker

Making lasagna is a process, but so worth it. Our go-to recipe streamlines the prep by using no-boil noodles. We use a combination of lean ground beef and sweet Italian sausage for the filling, plus a trio of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan for a creamy layer of cheese.

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Panettone French Toast Casserole

panettone french toast
Bryan Gardner

Here's the delicious answer to Christmas leftovers. Slices of panettone—the Italian holiday fruit bread—are submerged in a classic French toast custard and baked until puffed and golden brown.

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Sweet Potato and Sage-Butter Casserole


Whipped sweet potatoes are decadent and indulgent beneath a layer of breadcrumbs. Chopped fresh sage adds warm, earthy notes to this perfect side dish casserole.

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Hash-Brown Casserole

Marcus Nilsson

Start your morning off with this easy-to-put-together breakfast casserole. Potatoes, scallions, shredded cheddar cheese, Cubanelle peppers, and sweet Italian sausage are combined for a truly hearty dish that's sure to satisfy.

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Mushroom and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

tortilla casserole

A mixture of cremini mushrooms, black beans, and salsa is layered with halved tortillas and shredded Monterey jack cheese for a stellar vegetarian casserole.

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Susan's Manicotti

Bryan Gardner

Our former food director Sarah Carey shared her mother's famous manicotti recipe and it's an easy casserole you'l want to make on repeat. Manicotti pasta shells are filled with mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese and topped with marinara sauce —and a bit more cheese—for an indulgent dinner.

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Sweet-Potato Shepherd's Pie

Bryan Gardner

Swap the usual Yukon gold or russet potatoes topping of Shepherd's pie for sweet potatoes, it's a clever riff that tastes as good as it looks. The filling is made with ground beef, cremini mushrooms, Pilsner-style beer, and Dijon mustard and it's an instant classic.

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