Our Best Casserole Recipes for Comforting Family Meals

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Salmon Pot Pie Casserole
Photo: Aya Brackett

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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Smoky Cheesy Chicken-Potato Casserole

Smoky Cheesy Chicken-Potato Casserole
Blaine Moats

Frozen hash browns and cream of chicken soup keep your prep time at just 20 minutes, making this a perfect casserole recipe for busy weeknight dinners. Utilize deli-smoked chicken to give your dish the signature smoky flavor.

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Eight-Layer Casserole

Eight-Layer Casserole
Marty Baldwin

Whether you need a potluck recipe or dinner tonight, this easy comfort food casserole is a perfect fit. Complete with layers of ground beef, noodles, and veggies, the cheese-topped casserole is about to become a family staple.

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Chile Verde Breakfast Lasagna

Chile Verde Breakfast Lasagna
Andy Lyons

Say hello to your new favorite food mash-up. This veggie-packed, Mexican-inspired casserole meal layers eggs, sausage, veggies, cheese, and salsa verde between corn tortillas. It's a delicious gluten-free brunch option everyone will love.

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Salmon Pot Pie Casserole

Salmon Pot Pie Casserole
Aya Brackett

What's better than serving a rich, savory casserole with a side of tender cornmeal biscuits? Putting them right on top. This seafood take on pot pie incorporates broccoli and leeks for a pop of green and added nutrients.

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Brussels Sprouts Casserole with Pancetta and Asiago Cheese

Brussels Sprouts Casserole with Pancetta and Asiago Cheese
Blaine Moats

Flavorful pancetta and Brussels sprouts come together in this cheesy top-rated casserole with a crunchy topper. Serve it alongside crusty bread for an easy and comforting dinner idea. Prep the Brussels sprouts and carrots ahead and keep them in the fridge up to 24 hours in advance to get dinner ready quickly.

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Mashed Potato-Egg Casserole

Mashed Potato-Egg Casserole
Helen Norman

Mashed potatoes and eggs are a surprising, yet perfect food combo. This totally delish make-ahead casserole gets an indulgent upgrade with Asiago cheese and arugula. Serve with a side salad for an easy vegetarian dinner.

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Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
Blaine Moats

This classic casserole is one of our top-pinned recipes, and it's no wonder why. With cheesy rice piled onto the creamy chicken, the bubbly dish makes it easy for even the pickiest of eaters to polish off their plates. It's a one-dish chicken dinner you'll get requests for all the time.

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Pizza Margherita Quinoa Casserole

Pizza Margherita Quinoa Casserole
Adam Albright

Get your daily whole grain intake—and enjoy it!—with this ultimate casserole recipe that comes together in one pot. It's full of melty cheese, fragrant basil, and tangy tomatoes for a healthier take on pizza both the kids and adults will enjoy.

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Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole

Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole
Jason Donnelly

Barley is a healthy whole grain that adds fiber to your diet. Here it works wonderfully in an Italian-inspired casserole recipe complete with sausage, tomato sauce, olives, and mozzarella. Don't forget fresh basil leaves for a pop of color and herby finish.

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King Ranch Crunch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Crunch Chicken Casserole
Jason Donnelly

King ranch chicken casserole is the go-to comfort food in Texas that includes cream cheese, salsa, shredded cheese, green chiles, and tortilla chips. Our Test Kitchen turned it into a slow cooker casserole recipe for the ultimate indulgent dump-and-cook dinner.

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Cajun Shrimp and Corn Bread Casserole

Cajun Shrimp and Corn Bread Casserole
Jason Donnelly

Just the mouthwatering photo should tell you this is a 5-star casserole recipe to add to the menu. And while it looks fancy, the casserole is ready in under an hour. No matter where you live, this delicious dumpling-topped shrimp casserole brings a taste of New Orleans right to your kitchen.

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Tuscan Tuna Mac Casserole

Tuscan Tuna Mac Casserole
Andy Lyons

Fanciful flavors from around the globe combine to create a full-flavored dish. Our Tuscan herb blend includes rosemary, thyme, fennel, garlic, and marjoram that is delicious in more than just this casserole recipe. Serve the casserole at your next get-together, and give guests a new flavor that will have them coming back for seconds.

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Cheesy Pasta-Stuffed Shells

Cheesy Pasta-Stuffed Shells
Kritsada Panichgul

Save this indulgent spin on classic macaroni and cheese for a special occasion. With Gruyère, cheddar, and mozzarella cheeses, it's packed with creamy deliciousness. To lighten your meal, serve it with a fresh garden salad.

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Gluten-Free Asparagus-Tuna Casserole

Creamy Tuna-Noodle Toss
Blaine Moats

With the help of gluten-free pasta, everyone can enjoy this retro delight. To keep the vintage casserole recipe fresh, our Test Kitchen added nutty provolone cheese, fresh asparagus, and shredded lemon peel. Canned tuna packed in garlic olive oil makes the casserole extra tasty, but if you can't find it just add a couple of cloves of minced garlic to the tuna you found.

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Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole

Cheesy Potato Bake with Eggs
Andy Lyons

It doesn't get much better than this savory breakfast casserole recipe. Packed with potatoes, broccoli, and tomato, the colorful bacon bake features ingredients that are easy to alter according to season.

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Corn Pudding Casserole

Corn Pudding Casserole
Andy Lyons

Corn pudding might be one of the best vintage casserole recipes out there. Here we've upgraded the mix with a blend of shredded zucchini, corn, and cheese. There's plenty of flavor in this irresistible holiday side to go around.

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Alfredo-Bacon Tot Casserole

Alfredo-Bacon Tot Casserole
Blaine Moats

Chock-full of bacon, potato nuggets, chicken, and Alfredo sauce, this is is one seriously delicious casserole recipe. To keep your meal prep time to a minimum, try using leftover rotisserie chicken.

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Baked Cajun Seafood and Rice

Baked Cajun Seafood and Rice
Blaine Moats

Take a trip South with this fantastic Cajun casserole recipe. The party-worthy dish features shrimp, bacon, kale, cheesy veggies, and delicate crabmeat. One reader suggests serving it with hot sauce for an added kick.

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Blueberry-Pecan French Toast Casserole

Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast
Jason Donnelly

For a lovely brunch casserole recipe, soak Italian bread slices overnight in a nutmeg- and vanilla-spiked egg mixture. Once baked, the decadent French toast casserole is topped with powdered sugar, blueberries, maple syrup, and pecans.

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Chicken Taco Casserole

Chicken Taco Casserole
Blaine Moats

Taco night gets a healthy twist with this low-calorie pepper- and spinach-packed casserole meal. Let the family garnish it with favorite Tex-Mex toppings, such as avocados, cherry tomatoes, and tortilla chips.

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Tuna and Green Bean Casserole

Tuna Green Bean Bake
Kritsada Panichgul

Can't decide between tuna casserole and green bean casserole? Have them both with our warm and comforting tuna green bean bake. The dinner favorite features classic casserole ingredients like cream of mushroom soup, plus a fun cracker topper.

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Twice Baked Potato Dump Casserole

Twice Baked Potato Casserole
Matthew Clark

Baked until golden brown and bubbly, this ultra-comforting potato casserole comes together in a flash thanks to purchased mashed potatoes—though you can definitely make your own, if you prefer. Complete with bacon and cheese, this dump casserole will make a delicious addition to your next steak dinner.

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Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake

Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake
Sue Mitchell

With more than 200 ratings, this is one of our best casserole recipes to add to your cooking bucket list. A mix of Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs tops this hearty supper. The chicken casserole features Monterey Jack cheese, tangy artichokes, and a hint of heat from crushed red pepper.

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Mexicali Hamburger Casserole

Mexicali Hamburger Casserole
Andy Lyons

Ground beef and pantry-ready ingredients such as salsa and canned corn make this one-dish dinner nice and easy. A corn bread topper adds a homey touch.

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Spicy Green Bean Casserole

Spicy Green Bean Casserole
Andy Lyons

Bring on the heat! This vintage casserole gets a spicy upgrade from chili powder and fresh serrano chiles, making it a delicious new way to enjoy the dish on days other than Thanksgiving. Be careful cutting those peppers—the oils can burn your skin.

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Sausage Casserole with Hidden Stuffing

Zucchini-Sausage Casserole
Kritsada Panichgul

The secret to this irresistible casserole recipe is in the stuffing. Herb-seasoned stuffing mix is a budget buy that really bulks up the dish while keeping the ingredient list short. The entire casserole calls for just 7 ingredients total—and that's including nonstick spray and butter—so prep is done in 25 minutes.

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Indian-Spiced Chicken Casserole

Indian Spiced Chicken Casserole
Kritsada Panichgul

Zippy spices mingle with tender chicken and creamy tomatoes in this Indian-inspired chicken casserole recipe. A special garlic-ginger paste makes things extra savory, while lemon juice adds a splash of freshness.

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Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie
Andy Lyons

Enjoy this comforting pot pie in half the time by making it in a casserole dish with pizza dough. This quick casserole recipe makes great use of frozen veggies and jarred Alfredo sauce. Seek pizza dough from an Italian market for authenticity or use refrigerated piecrust in a pinch.

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Zucchini-Fontina Strata

Zucchini-Fontina Strata
Jason Donnelly

Put your slow cooker to work and have dinner ready and waiting with this easy-to-assemble casserole meal. The tender vegetable bakes with garlic focaccia, eggs, and fresh thyme for a perfect Italian-seasoned strata.

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Huevos Rancheros Tater Tot Casserole

Easy Huevos Rancheros Casserole
Marty Baldwin

Transform a classic tot casserole into a Mexican-style masterpiece with chili powder, cumin, and your favorite taco toppings. Our easy huevos rancheros casserole can be served for Sunday brunch with family or a weeknight dinner.

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Spinach and Feta Casserole

Spinach Feta Casserole
Kritsada Panichgul

Spinach and feta is a classic combination that takes genius form in this vegetarian casserole recipe. A full two cups of cottage cheese bulk up the dish while providing mild cheesy flavor and extra calcium. Serve as a hearty side dish or as a vegetarian main dish.

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