The Most Comforting Casseroles You Can Make For New Moms
As far as Southerners as concerned, a casserole is a cure for all things. For illness and grief, a casserole provides comfort and warmth. For celebration and community, a casserole provides heartiness and joy. For a new mom? A casserole provides sheer sustenance. In the early days back home, new mothers face an uphill battle between taking care of the baby (not to mention, the rest of her family), keeping things in order, and partaking in a semi-normal eating and sleeping schedule. While taking care of a new child is truly something special, it does make mealtime more about surviving than thriving for a little while. That’s where the new mom meal train comes in. Those close to the new mother can provide welcome assistance with something as simple as—you guessed it—a casserole. Taking you all the way from breakfast to dinner to dessert, we created a lineup of downright delicious, comforting casseroles to make for the new mommy in your life. All she’ll have to do is pop these in the oven or the freezer for a little relief.
Recipe: Breakfast Enchiladas
This meatless Mexican breakfast casserole is an amazing make-ahead option that’ll be perfect for a new mommy to pop in the oven as she pleases. If you want to go the extra mile, throw in a separate bag of grape tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and avocado for topping.
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
This savory breakfast casserole combines a few of our favorite early-day ingredients, like hot ground sausage, flaky croissants, and Parmesan and Gruyère cheeses.
Creamy Egg Strata
Recipe: Creamy Egg Strata
We can’t stress enough the simplicity behind this crowd-pleasing breakfast casserole: eggs, bread, cheese, and a creamy filling to hold it all together. It’s going to be a welcome gift for any new mother who might not be thinking ahead for hearty weekend breakfast ideas!
Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
It doesn’t get much better at breakfast time than this casserole of smoked sausage, grits, and Cheddar cheese. This dish isn’t light on the seasoning either, making it so amazing to prepare ahead and deliver to a friend to be reheated.
Recipe: Sausage-and-Grits Quiche
There's nothing quite like waking up to a warm breakfast quiche on a Saturday morning, especially when you’re a new mommy. She can heat this up in a jiff for a family-friendly, filling breakfast.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Recipe: Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
A mixture of eggs, half-and-half, and Italian seasoning will serve as the heart of this sweet potato-packed frittata that gives a fresh taste to breakfast for the new mother in your life.
King Ranch Chicken
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken
This Tex-Mex dish is full of smoked chicken, sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, green chiles, chili powder, roasted peppers, and toasted cumin for a full-bodied casserole that makes a regular appearance at our church suppers and neighborhood potlucks.
New Turkey Tetrazzini
Recipe: New Turkey Tetrazzini
This classic baked pasta is made even tastier with loads of spinach and mushrooms sprinkled throughout the creamy, cheesy casserole dish.
Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits
Chicken pot pie is always a go-to Southern comfort dish, and this delectable version is topped with bacon-cheddar biscuits for a mouthwatering finishing touch.
Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas
There’s something so comforting about a warm chicken enchilada casserole, which is why it’s no surprise that many people make this dish during the holidays to have on hand. Deliver this delicious dinner to your new mommy friend for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
This isn’t your typical pasta bake with its cheese-filled tortellini, crunchy pecan topping, and fresh broccoli. It’s completely kid-friendly, but even more appealing to the adults!
Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
Rich smoked Gouda and cubes of chopped smoked ham take this dinner macaroni and cheese to the next level. We love to top this dish off with crushed cornflake cereal for the best light crunch.
Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage
Recipe: Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage
This ziti is one of our favorite casseroles to whip up for friends in need because it’s hearty, flavorful, and super quick to make. The tomato sauce has a little kick thanks to the Italian sausage and seasoning.
Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
You can make this classic lasagna and then freeze it up to three months, making it a great option for new mothers to keep on hand during the first weeks at home—ready to pull it out anytime it’s needed!
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Step away from the pasta bakes with this wild rice casserole filled with chicken, water chestnuts, sour cream, and cheese. We love the freshness of the sliced almond topping!
Ah, the classic poppyseed casserole. It simply can’t be beat for new mom meal trains, church suppers, or neighborhood potlucks. This casserole features our beloved traditional egg noodles with diced turkey.
Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Greens Casserole
This meat-free casserole is a tasty alternative to the many chicken and pasta bakes out there. Big chunks of fresh vegetables mingle with a creamy cheese sauce and kale, then are topped with crispy panko, for a hearty dinner.
Recipe: Italian Casserole
You can prepare this recipe in two smaller baking dishes, one for the new mother to enjoy for dinner and the other to freeze for a later meal. Pair it with a tossed salad and French bread for a hearty family supper.
Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie with Potato Crust
Truly wow your new mom meal train receiver with this pretty scalloped potato crust, but we think the filling is the real showstopper. Beef, vegetables, red wine, Worcestershire, and plenty of herbs meld together for a comforting supper.
Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
This 30-minute, vegetarian pasta bake strays from the usual Italian sausage, chicken, and ground beef for a fresh, flavorful dish. The kale becomes so tender in the creamy sauce that kids and adults will both be reaching for second helpings.
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
Our favorite King Ranch Chicken comes back strong with this decadent macaroni and cheese version. This dish is a hands-down family favorite, and it’ll be an even bigger hit if your friend or relative has younger children to gobble it up.
Sloppy Joe Casserole
Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole
This old-school classic was taken up a notch for suppertime with this pasta bake version that includes the sweet-savory blend of sauce and ground beef everyone loves.
Marian's Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding
Recipe: Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding
We love that you can mix and match vegetables you have on hand for this recipe, ranging from okra and tomatoes to summer squash and mushrooms—they will all work with the rich bread pudding mixture for a veggie-packed dinner.
Okra and Rice Casserole
Recipe: Okra and Rice Casserole
Tender sautéed okra, sweet corn, Cajun spices, and buttery garlic breadcrumbs come together for a fresh, flavor-packed casserole that strays from pasta bakes, but stays filling thanks to rice and breadcrumbs.
Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake
Recipe: Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake
This Tex-Mex casserole gets a Southern twist from its buttermilk cornbread topping. You’re going to love the 40-minute total cook time too—so much that you might just whip up an extra treat for the new mommy!
Recipe: Chicken-and-Collards Pilau
Not quite a casserole, but definitely worthy of making for a new mom. This one-pot wonder is full of quick-cooking basmati rice, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, collard greens, and Cajun smoked sausage.
Recipe: Pecan-Peach Cobbler
Provide a classic comfort dessert with this easy peach cobbler that gets a delicious nuttiness from pecans. You can make this cobbler ahead of time, let it cool, and then freeze it for up to one month.
Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
You can’t forget about dessert for the new mom (we all know, she deserves it). This easy sheet cake combines chocolate cake, pudding, and spice with a sliced almond topping that adds awesome crunch to the ultra-moist cake.
Recipe: Patchwork Cobbler
We can’t think of any dessert more beautifully comforting than this patchwork cobbler packed with peaches, plums, and blueberries. The filling isn’t overwhelming sweet, while the lattice sugar-crusted pastry topping balances the fruity tartness.
Winter Blackberry Cobbler
Recipe: Winter Blackberry Cobbler
We think this blackberry cobbler deserves to be made all year long. If you’re feeling extra generous, drop off some vanilla ice cream for the new mom and her family to enjoy on top of the warmed cobbler.