8x8 Casserole Recipes That Perfectly Fit a Family of Four
As far as we’re concerned, a casserole fits every calling. From church potlucks to holiday feasts, there’s always room for a classic side or hearty main casserole on the table; yet we don’t always want, need, or—let’s be honest—have an inch of room for leftovers in the refrigerator. That’s when we trade in our 13x9 for our 8x8 pan size. It keeps prep quick, skips on the leftovers, and works perfectly when you’re feeding not a crowd, but just a few. This week, win every weeknight with these delicious 8x8 casserole dinner ideas for your family of 4.
Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
Breakfast in the South is a time for us to start the day as a family over a table full of comforting foods. We like biscuits, casseroles, cinnamon rolls, grits, fried eggs, country ham with red-eye gravy – you name it. We even love preparing breakfast for dinner (like this yummy Breakfast Sausage-Egg Pizza with creamy Mornay Sauce!). Waking up to a warm, cozy casserole is the best thing about Saturday morning, and this Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole definitely does the trick. This rich, creamy breakfast recipe is a hearty, filling dish that combines a few of our favorite ingredients, like smoked sausage, quick-cooking grits, sharp Cheddar cheese, and fresh thyme. Most of the preparation for this casserole recipe can be done in one Dutch oven. You can brown the sausage in the Dutch oven first, and then replace it with the quick-cooking grits.When your grits have thickened, add in the sharp Cheddar cheese until it's fully melted into the grits. After the cheese is incorporated, add in your milk, some fresh thyme, black pepper, and garlic powder for some extra flavor. Whisk in the eggs (this is what will hold the casserole together!) and stir in the cooked sausage. Pour this mixture into a greased baking dish, and bake your breakfast casserole for about an hour.
One of the great things about this recipe is that it can actually be prepared up to four days in advance. Just be sure to keep it in the fridge, and then let it come back to room temperature before baking on the day you'd like to serve it. Spoon out a hearty helping of this cheesy grits casserole, top with a little extra fresh thyme, and serve alongside some fresh berries for a breakfast that the whole family can look forward to. If your family isn't big on smoked sausage, you can also try varying the recipe with cubed ham or chopped, cooked bacon – these ingredients add some extra flavor to your grits casserole.
Recipe: Zucchini-and-Spinach Lasagna
You won't miss the meat in this vegetarian lasagna. Fresh zucchini is layered between wide noodles and a creamy ricotta mixture flavored with chives and onion, no red sauce required.
Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake
Recipe: Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake
This might be our favorite way to jazz up boxed cornbread mix. This casserole bake is packed with hearty ground turkey and filled with Tex-Mex flavor.
Sweet Potato-and-Collard Green Gratin
Give your gratin a colorful makeover with this fall-inspired recipe. The dish combines sweet potatoes and collard greens, making the most of our favorite fresh fall produce.
Eggplant Parmesan with Feta
Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan with Feta
Take the flavor up a notch on this classic eggplant dish by adding feta cheese. It offers a tangy touch in both taste and texture.
Spinach Ravioli Lasagna
Recipe: Spinach Ravioli Lasagna
This is a real weeknight warrior. Using convenience items, like store-bought pesto sauce, jarred Alfredo sauce, and frozen cheese-filled ravioli, it's perfect when you need a quick (but delicious!) fix.
Corn Bread Casserole
Recipe: Corn Bread Casserole
Just a few pantry staples—frozen and canned corn, corn muffin mix, butter, sour cream, and an egg—make up this suppertime classic. For a heartier twist, add in diced ham, chopped bell pepper, and cheese.
Recipe: Zucchini-Potato Casserole
Put some French flair into your dinner routine. This colorful layered casserole isn't weighed down by a hefty ingredient list, but the simple veggie topping adds a pretty finishing touch.
Chicken Cobbler Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Cobbler Casserole
Who doesn't love a speedy twist on chicken pot pie? Topped with a quick mixture of cubed sourdough bread, Parmesan cheese, and butter, it's made for busy weeknights.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
You can't beat the crunchy, buttery cracker topping and creamy, cheesy squash blend in this traditional Southern recipe. It's a scraped-clean kind of casserole after everyone scoops a hearty portion.
Spinach, Artichoke, and Gouda Casserole
We can get on board with this tasty trio of spinach, artichoke, and smoked Gouda cheese. It's the perfect casserole to transition from brunch to dinner.
Recipe: Pineapple Casserole
Whip up this holiday classic on a weeknight. With just six ingredients, one dish, and around 30 minutes, you're ready with a special side dish for any occasion.
Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Recipe: Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Leave the festive ramekins for holiday brunch, and make things easier by putting these cheesy grits into a single two-quart dish.
Recipe: Hashbrown Casserole
It's a classic for a reason. This cornflake-topped casserole is an easy crowd-pleaser that comes together with just a few staple ingredients.
Parmesan Corn Pudding
Recipe: Parmesan Corn Pudding
Skip the stress with this corn pudding casserole that uses frozen corn. The veggie side offers a cheesy Parmesan twist on a traditional recipe.
Salted Caramel Banana Pudding
Recipe: Salted Caramel Banana Pudding
Dinner isn't complete without a tasty, perfectly portioned dessert. Take classic banana pudding to new heights with lightly spiced Biscoff cookies and a quick homemade salted caramel.
Recipe: Fudge Cake
Another indulgent yet suitably sized dessert for four people, coming right up. There are no fancy ingredients or difficult instructions; it’s just simply delicious.
Easy Blackberry Cobbler
Recipe: Easy Blackberry Cobbler
When in doubt, make a cobbler. Fresh berries and five ingredients later, you have a warm and gooey treat to top off dinnertime.