9x13 Winter Casserole Recipes for Cozy Nights In

Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Photo: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Southerners are able to think up delicious casserole recipes all year long, but they truly shine in the winter months. When it's cold outside, all we crave is classic comfort food, and there's nothing more comforting than a casserole. These winter casserole recipes are the food equivalent of a hug, and when we need an extra big squeeze, we rely on vintage casseroles like Mama used to make. Old-school tuna noodle casserole, lasagna, and chicken spaghetti are in our lineup of cozy winter casseroles. But you're not the only one who will be thrilled with the dinner selection; the kids will go crazy over our mac and cheese with bacon, pizza casserole, and chicken enchiladas. With these winter casseroles, you'll be dishing out comfort all season long.

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Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler

Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler

When you hear "cobbler," you might think of sweet peach and fresh berry confections in the summertime. This winter, enjoy a different kind of cobbler with this savory casserole topped with fluffy buttermilk biscuits with bacon in them. Don't let the made-from-scratch biscuits scare you off, you'll have this dish in the oven in under an hour. Ideal for a cozy night in.

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French Onion Soup Casserole

French Onion Soup Casserole
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: French Onion Soup Casserole

Is there anything more comforting during the chilly winter months than a bowl of hot soup? Yep—that same bowl of hot soup in big-batch casserole form.

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Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna

Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna

For many families, lasagna is a Christmas Eve tradition. This year, prep and freeze this classic recipe up to three months in advance.

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas

Taco night is fun, but it can be messy. This winter, try this delicious one-dish dinner with family-favorite chicken enchiladas. It's sure to be a new family favorite.

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Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Southern Living

Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

We can always count on ground beef during busy weeks, and this oh-so-yummy casserole will be consistently requested after you make it the first time.

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Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Casserole
Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo chicken wings (and the gameday favorite dip) get a suppertime makeover with this comfort-food casserole. Bonus points: No messy fingers!

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Baked Ziti with Meatballs

Baked Ziti and Meatballs
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Ziti with Meatballs

Speed up Grandma's old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs with a jar of pasta sauce and frozen meatballs—be promise we won't tell her! We added mushroom, spinach, and chopped pepperoni to the mix in this cheesy pasta bake.

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Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Easy Chicken Spaghetti
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

One editor made this easy casserole for family dinner, and her mom wouldn't leave before she gave her the recipe. If that isn't proof you should try it, we're not sure what is!

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Smoked Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Smoked-Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Smoked Pork-Stuffed Pasta Shells

Instead of hand-making meatballs for pasta night, drop by your favorite BBQ joint on the way home and pick up some pulled pork to make this hearty supper. Our Test Kitchen has a great tip for freezing this pasta bake without sacrificing a dish: Line the dish with heavy-duty aluminum foil, allowing several inches of foil to extend over sides. Prepare recipe as directed and freeze until firm. Holding the edges of foil, lift the casserole up from the dish, then fold the foil over the top. Wrap tightly in two layers of plastic wrap and re-pop back in the freezer. Before baking, remove plastic wrap, unwrap the top of the frozen casserole and place it back into the baking dish.

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Leftover Turkey Casserole

Leftover Turkey Casserole
Jennifer Causey; Food Stylist: Torie Cox; Prop Stylist: Claire Spollen

Recipe: Leftover Turkey Casserole

Leave the sad sandwiches behind: This year, we're making a comfy, creamy casserole with our leftover turkey. You will probably have all the ingredients on hand, too! If you want to recreate this supper on a weeknight, simply replace the turkey with rotisserie chicken.

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Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake

Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake

Store-bought shortcuts like a bag of frozen potatoes can come in handy on busy nights, and this recipe only has four other easy ingredients. You can bake this hearty casserole in your 13x9 or individual ramekins for easy personal serving sizes.

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Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon

When in doubt, just add bacon! This classic baked mac and cheese only tastes better with it. This decadent recipe includes three cheeses that each serve a different purpose: extra-sharp cheddar for cheesy flavor and color, Parmesan to add cheesiness to the breadcrumb topping, and as our Test Kitchen said: "have your pick of Monterey Jack, provolone, or mozzarella, all white cheeses that bring creaminess and that stretchy, cheese-pull texture we look for in any high-quality mac."

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New Tuna Casserole

New Tuna Casserole
Greg Dupree

Recipe: New Tuna Casserole

Remember Mama's tuna casserole of your childhood? We gave it a mini makeover, swapping canned veggies for fresh and cream of mushroom soup for a homemade cream sauce. Don't worry: It still has all the nostalgic flavor you crave. Prep the casserole a few days in advance, freeze it, and bake it when you're ready to eat.

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Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-Up

Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-Up

What do you need for taco night? Ground beef, fresh peppers and onions, Mexican spices, and of course, plenty of cheese. What if we told you that instead of standing in line to top your own tacos, you could serve up a casserole with all that comfort in one scoop. We've been turning to this recipes at dinnertime for years, and your family is going to love it, too.

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Turkey Pot Pie with Cranberry-Pecan Crusts

Turkey Pot Pie Casserole Recipes
Tina Cornett

Recipe: Turkey Pot Pie with Cranberry-Pecan Crusts

Swap chicken for turkey in this seasonal version of your favorite pot pie. We got fancy and used cookie cutters to make a festive topping (with a cranberry-pecan crust), but you can easily roll it over the dish in one piece. You can freeze this dish in advance, but our Test Kitchen recommends storing the crusts and casserole separately to ensure the crusts stay firm.

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Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Beth Dreiling; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Recipe: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

If the kids ask what's for dinner and you say pizza, they're excited. If they ask what's for dinner and you say spaghetti, they're excited. If they ask what's for dinner and you say pizza spaghetti, they're ecstatic. To make ahead, freeze the unbaked casserole for up to one month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.

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Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

This flavorful dish is ideal for feeding a crowd (or just yourself—it's so good you won't mind eating leftovers).

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Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

Classic Chicken Tetrazzini
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

Look no further than this tried-and-true recipe for a dinner that's sure to please everyone, picky eaters included. Pasta night just got an upgrade with this creamy casserole. It's a foolproof dish to warm up with on a winter night.

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Extra-Easy Lasagna

Extra-Easy Lasagna
Photo: Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Extra-Easy Lasagna

For a stress-free weeknight dinner, throw this extra-easy, extra-cheesy lasagna in the oven (or make ahead and freeze). Everyone knows you can't go wrong with a classic lasagna, especially when you have a table full of kids to feed.

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King Ranch Chicken

King Ranch Chicken
Southern Living

Recipe: King Ranch Chicken

King Ranch Chicken is one of our most beloved recipes—for good reason. It's packed with flavorful ingredients like green chiles, smoked chicken, and sharp Cheddar. When you're in the mood for Tex-Mex, this dish comes with a little kick that's sure to settle your cravings.

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Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Elevate your weeknight dinner with this almond-topped casserole, which lets you stray from ho-hum pasta bakes with a wild rice base filled with chicken, water chestnuts, sour cream, and cheese.

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Herbed Breadcrumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese

herbed breadcrumb topped macaroni and cheese
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Herbed Breadcrumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese

Our Test Kitchen's secret for the creamiest mac and cheese? Adding cubes of cheese that melt as the pasta bakes. Here, we've dressed up our classic mac and cheese with sage, thyme, and rosemary.

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Italian Casserole

Italian Casserole
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Italian Casserole

This recipe from our November 1990 issue has been getting us through the holidays for decades. Make it, freeze it, then bake it when you need a warm, no-fuss meal for your hungry crew.

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