Our Best Vegetarian Casserole Recipes
Vegetarian casseroles offer the best of two worlds: They're nutrient-rich and delicious. Whether you're cooking for a vegetarian or simply want to reduce your meat intake, they're a flavor-filled option to serve as a main dish or as a seamless side, no matter the season.
Great year-round, our Twice-Baked Potato-and-Raclette Casserole, pictured here, incorporates mashed potatoes, butter, sour cream, cream cheese, and raclette for a decadent, fondue-inspired dish. If you're looking for an autumnal recipe, play into your family's love of pumpkin with Pumpkin Pasta—it's made with canned pumpkin purée, jarred sun-dried tomato pesto, and sautéed kale. We love that it comes together in just 50 minutes. Time's not on your side? Combat a busy schedule with our Freeze-Ahead Lasagna Primavera. The light bechamel sauce replaces the typical tomato for a mouthwatering meal you can make ahead of time.
Looking for a lower carb or gluten-free recipe? Try our Zucchini Lasagna—which takes only 15 minutes to assemble. Our recipe calls for reduced-fat cream cheese and ricotta sandwiched between zucchini for a people-pleasing option. Or, recreate our Sweet Potato Cannelloni dish which uses sweet potato slices instead of noodles for another pasta-free option. Delighting the cheese lover at your table never looked so good. A staple in many vegetarian casserole recipes, stand out with our three-cheese Squash Baked Macaroni. The ingredients call for two types of squash, parmesan, mascarpone, and fresh ricotta in one decadent dish.
From dinnertime classics to unique flavor combinations, our vegetarian casserole recipes will have everyone asking for seconds—vegetarian or not.
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
A mouthwatering vegetable-filled alternative to the hearty favorite, our version features lentils, cremini mushrooms, and the traditional carrots, peas, and potatoes.
Squash, Sage, and Ricotta Cannelloni
Butternut squash, shallots, sage, nutmeg, and ricotta blend seamlessly together in this hearty vegetarian casserole. The best part? It only requires 35 minutes of prep work.
Lighter Eggplant Parmesan
The Italian-American favorite gets a flavorful light treatment with breaded eggplant slices that are baked rather than fried, and a creamy, garlicky bechamel made with skim milk.
Mushroom and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole
Sautéed mushrooms, cooked black beans, and store-bought salsa are layered with corn tortillas in a baking dish to create this Tex-Mex-inspired casserole, perfect for an easy and delicious weeknight meal.
This vegetarian casserole features no-boil noodles, silky eggplant, and tons of cheese for a rich meal that comes together with minimal prep work.
Canned pumpkin puree and jarred sun-dried tomato pesto create an easy sauce for gemelli pasta and sautéed kale. This vegan main dish is topped with sliced almonds and baked until golden.
Corn tortillas replace the lasagna noodles in this crowd-pleasing bean and cheese casserole. Make the delicious green sauce by pureeing cilantro, scallions, and baby spinach in a food processor.
Toss tomato wedges with salt, pepper, and cornstarch, then drop spoonfuls of cornmeal-buttermilk biscuit dough over them to make this savory cobbler. This easy, creative recipe is courtesy of Mark Bittman.
Eggplant Meatball Casserole
A vegetarian version of a classic dish, our recipe makes good use of eggplant, mozzarella, and garlic—it's so tasty that no one will ever miss the meat.
Combine black beans, frozen spinach and corn, and pepper Jack cheese to make the no-cook filling for these enchiladas. Bake one pan to eat now and another to freeze for later.
Curry Chickpea Potpie
Exotic Indian flavors meet down-home American cooking in this pot pie filled with curried vegetables, potatoes, lentils, and chickpeas. Make the crisp topping by mixing sautéed millet with beaten eggs.
Wild Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna
This elegant vegetarian lasagna serves 12, making it a perfect dish for entertaining. Feel free to substitute frozen spinach for the fresh if you are pressed for time. Madeira wine and a generous amount of fresh parsley add depth and flavor to the creamy sauce.
Fall Vegetable and Orzo Casserole
Packed with butternut squash, tomatoes, fennel, and tender orzo pasta, this vegetarian casserole is hearty enough to serve as a main dish. Fresh sage adds fall flavor.
Thanks to no-boil noodles, this vegetarian lasagna takes just 15 minutes to assemble. A creamy, slightly tangy mixture of reduced-fat cream cheese and ricotta cheese lies between layers of oregano-seasoned zucchini.
Baked Ziti with Crunchy Italian Salad and Garlic Bread
A soul-satisfying dinner of three-cheese baked ziti, garlic bread, and green salad with red-wine vinaigrette only takes 40 minutes to make, start to finish. Feel free to add soy sausage or thawed frozen spinach to the ziti mixture.
Camembert-Asparagus Bread Pudding
Exceptionally creamy and slightly pungent Camembert cheese adds a touch of luxury to savory bread pudding, while asparagus, mushrooms, sweet onion, and rosemary make this a perfect spring side dish.
Mushroom and Polenta Potpie
Red wine, cream, and a spoonful of tomato paste give this potpie's filling luscious depth. Egg yolks enrich the polenta topping and beaten egg whites give it lightness.
This simple casserole topped with buttery cracker crumbs makes the most of garden-fresh summer squash. You can use yellow squash, zucchini, or a mix of the two.
Eggplant Ricotta Bake
This shortcut version of eggplant parmesan skips the breading-and-frying step. Simply roast the sliced eggplant and layer in a baking dish with egg-enriched ricotta, store-bought marinara sauce, and Parmesan cheese.
Freeze-Ahead Lasagna Primavera
A light bechamel, instead of the usual tomato sauce, enriches the layers of this carrot, pea, and spinach lasagna. This dish freezes beautifully so you always have dinner for a crowd at your fingertips.
Rice and Spinach Casserole with Basil
Brown rice and Parmesan cheese form a crisp, flourless crust for this casserole. Ricotta cheese and eggs make up the creamy custard filling.
Baked Gnocchi with Ricotta and Marinara
These individual servings of potato gnocchi are topped with marinara sauce and ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, and make a satisfying meatless meal or side dish. A quick trip under the broiler gives these casseroles a beautifully caramelized finish.
Acorn Squash Lasagna
Ricotta cheese and puréed acorn squash make a creamy, lightly sweet filling for this fall lasagna. Using no-boil noodles makes the preparation quicker by a half-hour.
The eggplant slices are baked, not fried, in this eggplant Parmesan. This hearty vegetarian main dish can be made a month ahead and frozen so it's ready for your next family meal.
Spinach Manicotti in Creamy Tomato Sauce
Lemon zest and Parmesan give a flavor boost to the ricotta-spinach filling of this baked, stuffed pasta. A splash of cream enriches the marinara sauce.
Sweet Potato Cannelloni
Baked Spaghetti and Mozzarella
Make a quick sauce from canned tomatoes and garlic, then mix in diced fresh mozzarella, par-cooked spaghetti, and lots of fresh basil. This baked pasta dish would also be marvelous with the addition of sautéed mushrooms or zucchini.
Squash Baked Macaroni
Ricotta, mascarpone, and pureed butternut and acorn squash add extra creaminess to a familiar favorite. This deluxe version of macaroni and cheese comes from chef Todd English.
Classic Cheese Lasagna
Ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses are layered with fresh lasagna noodles in this vegetarian main dish. You can use dry lasagna noodles and store-bought marinara sauce as a timesaver if you prefer.
Layered Eggplant and Polenta Casserole
Layers of polenta replace the noodles in this lasagna-inspired creation. Using a log of precooked polenta saves time.
Spinach and Cheddar Strata
Strata, a savory version of bread pudding, is a delicious choice for brunch or dinner. This one is rich with cheddar cheese and eggs.
Cheese Enchilada Casserole
Wrap Monterey Jack, queso fresco, or a combination of cheeses in corn tortillas, and bake in your choice of three sauces—tomato-jalapeño, tomatillo, or chile-raisin. Serve the enchilada casserole with an assortment of garnishes such as diced red onion, avocado, cilantro, and sour cream.
Thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes are layered with wild mushrooms and two cheeses in this savory pie. Milk and cream mingle with the cheeses to make a rich sauce as the gratin bakes.