21 Quick-Fix Comforting Casseroles
Prepare these tasty recipes for a heat-and-eat supper your family is sure to love.
Stock your freezer with this A+ chicken-and-rice casserole, and you have dinners ready to bake. For a family, divide mixture into three 8-inch square baking dishes. (To keep a big casserole on hand for potluck suppers, place the mixture in a 4-quart dish.) If you're short on baking dishes, use foil pans, which also allow for easy cleanup.
You’ll be impressed by how fuss-free this supper really is. This casserole is packed with a rich, meaty tomato sauce and refrigerated mashed potatoes and topped with crunchy, kid-approved fried onions.
Pick up a deli-roasted chicken if you don't have 3 1/2 cups of chopped chicken on hand. It yields just enough meat for this recipe. Also plan to make Chicken and Cornbread Casserole just one day ahead because it doesn't freeze well.
- Recipe: Chicken and Cornbread Casserole
Buttery cubes of sourdough rolls make a quick and crunchy topping for this speedy twist on chicken pot pie.
Recipe: Chicken Cobbler Casserole
We guarantee this zesty casserole will be your new weeknight staple. The recipe was originally designed to utilize leftover ground beef and sausage. It makes a lot, but refrigerates well and tastes wonderful reheated.
- Recipe: Mexican Lasagna
If you think cutting calories means giving up the foods you love, think again. This top-rated makeover is every bit as creamy and satisfying as the full-fat original.
- Recipe: Light King Ranch Casserole
We preferred turkey pepperoni, so you don't get a greasy appearance. Freeze the unbaked casserole up to one month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.
Recipe: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Faster than fast food and way more delicious, these cheesy enchiladas come together in a snap. A quick spritz of vegetable cooking spray adds extra crispness to flour tortillas as they bake.
Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
This hearty seafood casserole is filled with shrimp, cheese and rice and gets its Cajun flair from the addition of okra, bell peppers, and cayenne pepper. It's a great choice for a special occasion meal. If you're not a fan of okra, you can leave it out of this dish.
- Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Casserole
A creamy mix of chicken, spinach, and mozzarella turns manicotti shells into an impressively easy one-dish meal.
A flavorful cornmeal-based crust is topped with hearty ground beef, tomato paste, and sharp Cheddar cheese in this easy Italian casserole.
The convenience of refrigerated piecrust makes this deep-dish favorite easy enough for a weeknight. If you don’t have time to simmer a whole chicken, just substitute an equal amount of canned broth and the meat from a rotisserie chicken.
- Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie With Cranberry-Pecan Crusts features turkey tenderloins, caramelized onions, and fresh spinach for the perfect sweet/savory combination. This recipe can be made-ahead and frozen.
Recipe: Turkey Pot Pie With Cranberry-Pecan Crusts
Spoon into the cornbread crust to find white beans, chicken, and sausage simmering in a mildly spicy sauce in our Sausage-and-Chicken Cassoulet. Add a side salad of romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, and French dressing.
- Recipe: Sausage-and-Chicken Cassoulet
Serve something with a little kick this season. This recipe will bring a welcome change from standard fare.
- Recipe: Texas-Style Enchilada Casserole
This top-rated spinach-ravioli lasagna uses convenience items, like store-bought pesto sauce, jarred Alfredo sauce, and frozen cheese-filled ravioli, to deliver a delicious main dish with little time and effort on your part.
- Recipe: Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna
Rich and creamy Turkey Tetrazzini uses mushroom soup and a jar of Alfredo sauce to jump-start the recipe. Crushed seasoned croutons form a flavorful topping. This recipe can be made-ahead and frozen.
- Recipe: Turkey Tetrazzini
This homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe beats the boxed kind any day of the week. For a divine main dish, stir in chopped cooked ham before baking, and then sprinkle top with chopped cooked bacon before serving.
Recipe: Golden Macaroni and Cheese
Italian-inspired Chicken 'n' Spinach Pasta Bake is perfect for company. But it’s also speedy enough for weeknight meals.
- Recipe: Chicken 'n' Spinach Pasta Bake
Loads of spinach and mushrooms freshen up this classic.
Recipe: New Turkey Tetrazzini