What's for Supper? Make-Ahead Casseroles

Assemble these delicious, hearty recipes in advance to make weeknight prep a snap.


At Southern Living, we think supper should quick, easy and delicious. Here's what's for supper. Hi I'm Norman, from the Southern Living test kitchen. Casseroles make great week night suppers, but assembling them can take some time. Luckily, one of the easiest things to do is to make a casserole in advance. All you'll need are a free afternoon to assemble, some refrigerator space, and theses recipes to produce a great tasting, home-cooked supper that can be enjoyed on your schedule. Here are some of our favorite megahit casseroles. [MUSIC] Cajun shrimp casserole, spicy Louisiana style flavor really comes through in Cajun shrimp casserole. [MUSIC] Packed full of fresh vegetables an shrimp, this rice based casserole is reminiscent of Jambalaya. And I promise, the longer ingredient list is well worth your effort. A green salad and cornbread go perfectly with this colorful an flavorful dish. Italian brunch casserole. A savory bread pudding like dish, Italian brunch casserole is a wonderful morning meal, that you can also serve for dinner. Combine sauted Italian sausage, green onions, and zucchini with roasted red bell peppers in a baking dish. Then layer it on up with cheese and crusty Italian bread. Pour a mixture of eggs and milk over the bread and chill for eight hours. Then just slide it into the oven and bake. This casserole takes takes breakfast for supper to a whole new level with textures and flavors your family will definitely love. King Ranch Chicken casserole a Texas favorite King Ranch Chicken casserole is an enchillada style dish with mouthwatering layers of home cooked chicken, melted cheese a creamy and spicy tomato sauce and corn tortillas. A time saving substitution for this recipe is deli roasted chicken. The Tex Mex taste is so good your family will ask for it again and again Classic lasagna. This lasagna recipe is classic in every sense of the word. With its traditional ingredients and homemade sauce. It also saves you a few minutes on the back end, because you cook the lasagna noodles in a baking dish. Assemble your lasagna on a weekend and freeze it, so you can enjoy it later on in the week. [MUSIC] Keep in mind that before baking a frozen casserole, it's best to let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight to cut down on some bake time. For more weeknight supper solutions, pick up a copy of Southern Living, and visit SouthernLiving.com
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