Make-Ahead Casseroles

Skip the stress of throwing together last-minute meals with one of these great make-ahead casserole recipes, including lasagna, egg bake, mac and cheese, and more! With all the prep work done in advance, these delicious make-ahead recipes are oven-ready whenever you need them.

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    Rolled Lasagna Florentine

    What's better than a cheesy spinach-starring lasagna topped with wine-infused, garlicky meat sauce? Try a casserole dish of that same lasagna assembled into perfectly portioned rolls and stored neatly away in your freezer. (Psst -- you can leave it there for up to two months!)

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    Make-Ahead Pastitsio

    You can make this gooey, Greek-inspired casserole recipe two ways: as individual-size ramekins or in a single large baking dish. Either way, it freezes beautifully for up to three months and is 100 percent guaranteed to conquer comfort food cravings.

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    Make-Ahead Baked Ziti with Three Cheeses

    Featuring tender ziti and diced fire-roasted tomatoes, this easy, creamy casserole is smothered with a delectable layer of Parmesan, Gorgonzola, and Fontina cheeses.

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    Is It Done Yet? Our No-Fail Test

    With make-ahead breakfast casseroles, mornings just got easier. Here's the one test you need to know to check whether your casserole recipe is done.

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    Bagel, Lox, and Egg Strata

    Lox on top of a bagel, sure. But lox and bagels in a buttery strata layered with two types of cheeses...AND it can be chilled for up to 24 hours ahead of time? We may have found our new favorite breakfast casserole.

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    Chicken Enchiladas Adobo

    Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and fire-roasted tomatoes combine in an unforgettably flavorful sauce for these hearty enchiladas. To allow the flavors to deepen and meld, you can prep a casserole dish full of these spicy, cheesy rolls up to 24 hours ahead of time.

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    Spicy Brunch Lasagna

    This make-ahead recipe is stuffed full of hearty Italian sausage and shredded hash browns and layered with creamy Alfredo sauce. Top it off with melty mozzarella cheese for a casserole recipe that's as delicious at dinnertime as it is for brunch.

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    Chicken-Vegetable Mac and Cheese

    As much as we love traditional mac and cheese recipes, we think this jazzed-up casserole version -- packed with meaty bites of chicken, crunchy croutons, and flavorful veggies -- is even better. And it's freezer-friendly, too!

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    Make-Ahead Turkey Manicotti

    These tender manicotti shells are bursting with an enticing turkey-and-cheese filling. A garlic- and wine-infused tomato sauce drizzled on top gives this classic Italian recipe a bold new dimension of flavor.

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    Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Bake

    Add some Italian flair to your dinner table by stuffing chicken breasts with salty prosciutto. Toss them in a buttery sauce and serve over rice. Use our make-ahead recipe tip to prep this chicken casserole up to three months in advance.

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    Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

    This Mexican casserole starts in your slow cooker for easy cooking before moving to a dish where it can be stored in the freezer for up to three months! Talk about getting a jump-start on dinner!

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    Bacon-Asparagus Strata

    Bound together by fluffy eggs, this baked breakfast casserole is filled with crispy bacon and crunchy asparagus -- two ingredients that perfectly complement each other. Assemble this dish the night before guests arrive for an easy breakfast recipe.

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    Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

    Use chicken-flavor rice and vermicelli mix to boost the savory flavor in this tasty casserole recipe. Tender bites of chicken are stirred into the well-seasoned mixture and sprinkled with cheddar cheese for a melty finish.

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    Chicken and Asparagus Strata

    Looking for an unforgettable make-ahead casserole? You've found it! Smoked chicken adds a deep dimension of flavor to this casserole's already-robust mix of chives, Dijon mustard, dill Havarti cheese, and garlic-herb bread.

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    Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

    The crumbly bread crumb topping on this tuna casserole makes it oh so enticing. With a freezer life of up to a month, this make-ahead recipe deserves a spot in your regular rotation.

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    Eat Your Veggies -- Conveniently!

    We stuffed this speedy make-ahead pasta casserole full of our favorite veggies: mushrooms, carrots, snap peas, tomatoes, and sweet peppers. Click to see how it's done!

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    Four-Cheese Zucchini Strata Recipe

    Want a make-ahead meal that's both light and comforting? Here you go! This zucchini casserole, topped with provolone, white cheddar, feta, and Parmesan cheeses, will satisfy your need for a hearty dish without leaving you feeling stuffed.

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    Caramelized Onion Breakfast Casserole

    Saute onions in the same frying pan as bacon to accentuate the delish caramel flavor of the onions. This casserole's medley of sweet-and-savory ingredients -- melty cheese, broccoli, sweet onions, and sourdough bread -- promises out-of-this world flavor. And it delivers!

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    Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast

    A make-ahead breakfast equals a few extra minutes in bed, and that's sweet. But starting your day with extra sleep AND a warm, fruity casserole? That's a guaranteed good morning!

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    Bean-and-Beef Enchilada Casserole

    This Mexican casserole is a 24-hour make-ahead meal, which ensures the robust flavors of chili powder, ground beef, and enchilada sauce have enough time to blend. You'll get the best bite, every time.

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    Make-Ahead Sausage, Mushroom, and Polenta Bake

    This enticing make-ahead meal boasts multiple layers of flavor and texture. The spicy bottom tier of Italian sausage tossed in garlicky marinara sauce is topped by a sweet-and-smooth mix of polenta and mushrooms.

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    Cheesy Noodle Casserole

    This tasty slow cooker casserole is a vegetarian option that everyone will enjoy. The best part? It's a snap to make. A combo of chedder cheese and diced tomatoes tops noodles tossed with protein-packed tofu.

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    Spicy Sicilian Strata

    Introduce your family to a slice of Italian culture with this yummy make-ahead dish. Authentic pizza ingredients -- a tasty blend of cheeses, pepperoni, pepperoncini, and Italian seasonings -- are baked together in an easy strata that brings Italy to your table!

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    Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding Recipe

    Wild mushrooms encrusted in rosemary and thyme give this make-ahead meal earthy, herby flavor. Mix them with onion focaccia bread in this perfectly hearty casserole recipe.

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    Bacon-Topped Green Bean Casserole

    Green bean casserole gets a makeover with the delicious addition of bacon. Tender green beans and mushrooms in a light buttery sauce contrast nicely with bacon's satisfying crunch in this make-ahead side-dish casserole.

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    Ham, Asparagus, and Cheese Strata

    After chilling this dish overnight, bake it to serve as a breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipe. Fresh asparagus spears, creamy Gruyere cheese, and diced ham make a perfect casserole combination no matter the time of day.

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    Green Chile-Chicken Tortilla Casserole

    A chill time of 8 to 24 hours lets all the delicious flavors of this healthy Mexican casserole meld for a delicious make-ahead dinner. Of course it's topped with ample cheese, because all good things are.

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    Barley-Butternut Casserole

    With butternut squash and sage, the flavors of this casserole recipe lean toward fall, but don't let that stop you from making it year-round. Make it up to a day in advance and chill in the fridge.

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    Chicken and Vegetable Lasagna

    Make this family-pleasing chicken lasagna recipe up to a day in advance to pull out of the fridge and bake the next night. Loaded with chicken, veggies, pasta, AND cheese, it's a full meal in one. No sides required. 

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    Our Best Casserole Recipes

    Make one of these hearty casserole recipes ahead of time to reheat for a quick and easy weeknight meal, or serve one for Sunday dinner with friends and family. With recipes like gooey macaroni and cheese, classic chicken casseroles, bubbly breakfast casseroles, and more, there's a casserole recipe for every occasion.
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