18 Quick Casseroles Low on Prep Time but High in Flavor

Beef Taco Pie
Photo: Andy Lyons

Looking for quick, easy casseroles that are sure to impress? We have you covered with our hot and cheesy lineup, starring quick dinner casserole classics like macaroni and turkey pot pie, plus zesty new Mexican-inspired dishes and pasta-based easy casserole ideas—all with speedy prep times and just a few ingredients. These quick casseroles solve your weeknight dinner woes.

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Vegetable Turkey Pot Pie

Vegetable-Turkey Pot Pie
Jason Donnelly

Like a mash-up of the best of pot pie (mixed vegetables, egg-brushed pastry) and pizza (ground meat, tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese) in one, this savory pie's little secret is hiding right in front of our eyes. To make the pie topping a cinch to layer and lattice, opt for refrigerated pizza dough. Or simply ask for a little less than a pound of dough from your favorite local pizzeria.

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Beef Taco Pie

Beef Taco Pie
Andy Lyons

Prep is a breeze for this spicy, cheesy, quick and easy casserole recipe. Just simmer, build, and bake. And if you're still debating whether you should try this or not, consider this: The single-skillet taco night bakes in a mere 20 minutes.

Buy It: Staub Pie Dish ($40, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Zoodle Pizza Casserole

Zoodle Pizza Casserole
Andy Lyons

Trick kids into thinking they're having pizza for dinner. (Well, they kind of are with this easy casserole idea.) Once they have a bite of this zucchini noodle masterpiece, they won't care that it's mostly made of veggies instead of pasta.

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Upside-Down Pizza Casserole

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole
Andy Lyons

Ditch delivery tonight. This four-ingredient quick dinner casserole takes just 35 minutes to make from start to finish. Instead of sausage or pepperoni, ground beef makes each portion hearty, while store-bought biscuits act as the quick and easy "crust."

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Best Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Best Four-Cheese Macaroni Cheese
Kritsada Panichgul

Say au revoir to the boxed stuff and hello to the real deal. This buttery, quick, easy casserole starts with a simple white sauce and finishes with four melty cheeses: Gouda, cheddar, Swiss, and Parmesan. And when you're in the mood to mix up your mac and cheese routine, it takes only a couple minutes longer to ace one of our flavor-boosting variations, including bacon-blue cheese, butternut squash, Cajun shrimp and sausage, and jalapeño popper.

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Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Kale

Cheesy Baked Gnocchi Kale
Andy Lyons

One of the most fun ways to get closer to your produce quota for the day? Tuck them inside a casserole dish alongside plenty of cheese and pasta. This easy, cheesy casserole is "a must in our household," one BH&G reader says.

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Baked Cavatelli

Easy Baked Cavatelli
Brie Passano

This quick and easy casserole dish would make any Italian nonna (aka grandma) proud. It's an example of why we love made-from-scratch, classic Italian recipes: simple, versatile, and flavorful. If you have fresh herbs, some variety of ground meat, and a few pantry staples, you can coax a lot of flavor out of a one-pan dinner.

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Buttery Spinach-Havarti Bake

Buttery Spinach-Havarti Bake
Jason Donnelly

If you're a fan of Greek spanakopita, we're pretty sure you'll adore this cheesy spinach bake. The quick, easy casserole is crunchy, gooey, and ready in just 45 minutes. It's a gorgeously browned side that's special enough for company or holidays, and it can even flex as a vegetarian main dish, if you like.

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Hot Chicken Salad Skillet Casserole

Hot Chicken Salad Skillet Casserole
Blaine Moats

Chicken salad tiptoes from lunch to dinner territory when you serve it hot. Condensed canned soup and yogurt make this one super-silky—and speedy; it clocks in at 40 minutes start to finish. To make this surprisingly low-calorie casserole a meal, pile it over a bed of rice or steamed broccoli.

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Crustless Denver-Potato Quiche

Plated Crustless Denver-Potato Quiche slices with fresh berries
Blaine Moats

Savory egg-filled quiches are the brunch entrée we turn to time and time again when we need to feed a crowd in the a.m. (or with breakfast for dinner) in a quick and affordable way. This easy casserole idea has become our new favorite because of its shareability. Since it's built on a layer of shingled potato slices rather than a pie pastry, this Denver quiche is A-OK to share with gluten-free guests if you skip the bread crumb topping.

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Ham and Spinach Two-Cheese Pasta

Ham Spinach Two-Cheese Pasta
Blaine Moats

Need a cozy, oven-baked dinner for two? Try this hearty, mini casserole recipe topped with Italian-blend and Parmesan cheeses. If you're feeding a slightly larger crowd, this quick and easy casserole recipe is easily doubled.

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Pizza Tot Casserole

Pizza Tot Casserole
Brie Passano

Crust is great and all, but have you tried tots? That's the swap we make in this quick dinner casserole, and the results are crunchy, speedy, and wildly crowd-pleasing. Think of this dish like a supreme pizza—complete with beef, sausage, and pepperoni—turned on its head.

Test Kitchen Tip: The original recipe calls for potato nuggets, but tots now come with broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, and other veggies hidden right inside. Talk about a seamless way to sneak in a little more produce.

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Easy Shepherd's Pie

Easy Shepherd's Pie
Jason Donnelly

Shepherd's pie is one of the best solutions when you're in need of a "food hug" type of dish. While many renditions of the stick-to-your-ribs beef recipe take all afternoon, we've found a way to trim the total time to 50 minutes. Frozen vegetables, canned soup, and leftover or store-bought mashed potatoes make the meal magic possible.

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Baked Beef Ravioli

Baked Beef Ravioli
Blaine Moats

Store-bought stuffed pasta makes quick and easy casseroles even easier. Layers of ravioli noodles, ground beef, diced tomatoes, herbs, and shredded cheese bake together for a speedy (40 minutes!) supper your family will ask for time and time again.

Test Kitchen Tip: If you're sharing this with vegetarians, sautéed mushrooms or plant-based meat crumbles can absolutely replace the beef.

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Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole
Scott Little

Bread crumbs with tender sweet onion top this recipe instead of the traditional high-fat fried onion rings. Serve the quick and easy casserole dish any Sunday with roast chicken, or, in true Thanksgiving style, with roast turkey. Since this side dish casserole is all set to scoop in 40 minutes, you can focus on preparing the main dish—and the drink pairing.

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Upside-Down Pizza Skillet Casserole

Upside-Down Pizza Casserole
Blaine Moats

By now, you can probably guess that pizza and casseroles fall near the top of our "favorite comfort foods" line-up. In this, the speediest of all of our slice-inspired dishes, Italian turkey sausage, pizza sauce, and traditional pizza toppings and spices star in the foundation of the quick dinner casserole. For a quick-fix topping, sprinkle on some toasted bread cubes and cheese, then spice things up with oregano and crushed red pepper flakes.

Buy It: GreenPan 12-Inch Ceramic Fry Pan ($50, Williams Sonoma)

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Sweet Potato-Topped Chicken Stew

Sweet Potato-Topped Chicken Stew
Jason Donnelly

Around Thanksgiving—or as a nod to the holiday any time of year—give this sage-scented sweet potato casserole a go. Unlike its marshmallow-studded cousins that grace the holiday table, this version is decidedly savory. A semi-homemade mix of ingredients, including leftover chicken or turkey, canned soup, and frozen veggies help this quick, easy casserole become table-ready in just 35 minutes.

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Individual Squash Casseroles

Individual Squash Casseroles
Blaine Moats

One of the best ways to press fast-forward on casserole prep? Make it mini! Layers of veggies plus marinara sauce (homemade or store-bought) and cheese star in this mini casserole recipe. Plus, since they're individual, you can swap out a veggie or two as needed to please a picky eater.

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