Make-Ahead Quick-Fix Casseroles
Assemble these delicious, hearty recipes in advance to make weeknight prep a snap.
Casseroles are one-dish wonders, and these casserole recipe highlight just how delicious and efficient make-ahead casseroles can be. When a long day means dinner seems like too much to manage, a weeknight casserole like our Chicken-and-Rice Bake or the Shrimp Casserole can be a quick and tasty solution. You can even prepare and freeze some of these casseroles, like Pizza Spaghetti Casserole, up to a month in advance, making dinner preparation simply a matter of selecting one of your favorites from these one-dish easy casseroles and finishing it in the oven. So plan and prepare these in advance, then enjoy Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage, or Tex-Mex Lasagna, or any of the other wonderful, make-ahead, weeknight casseroles!
Recipe: Chicken-and-Rice Bake
This recipe takes only 15 minutes to put together. The secret is in the frozen ingredients. Chicken, wild rice with broccoli and carrots, water chestnuts, and cream of chicken soup make up this satisfying meal.
Recipe: Shrimp Casserole
Ordinary casseroles are made with chicken or ground beef, but don't be scared to fancy it up with shrimp! It only takes 15 minutes to assemble this creamy seafood casserole.
Ham-Hash Brown Casserole
Recipe: Ham-Hash Brown Casserole
Reinvent "breakfast for supper" with this easy casserole. Country-style hash browns, ham, and Cheddar cheese resemble a breakfast casserole, but plenty of veggies make it a more substantial meal for dinner.
Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
This recipe tops chicken enchiladas with a quick green chile cream sauce and colby-Jack cheese for a twist on traditional enchilada sauce.
Baked Ziti with Sausage
Recipe: Baked Ziti with Sausage
Baked ziti is always a family favorite. Try this recipe with sausage for an easy, make-ahead casserole idea—perfect for weeknight meals.
Cajun Shrimp Casserole
Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Casserole
We offer make-ahead and freezing instructions on this luscious Cajun Shrimp Casserole. Serve with spring mix lettuce drizzled with red wine vinaigrette.
Italian Brunch Casserole
Recipe: Italian Brunch Casserole
This make-ahead Italian brunch casserole features sweet Italian sausage, green onions, diced zucchini, roasted red bell peppers, Italian bread, sharp Cheddar cheese, milk, and of course—eggs. Serve with fresh fruit.
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Recipe: Classic Lasagna
This lasagna recipe is a classic in every sense of the word with its traditional ingredients and homemade sauce. The sauce is time-consuming but worth the extra effort. Make it on a weekend in advance, or substitute your favorite jarred sauce.
Recipe: Tex-Mex Lasagna
Your family will love the Southwestern flavors in this make-ahead favorite. Don't count on lefovers of the layers of beef, beans, corn, tortillas, and enchilada sauce.
Chicken Tetrazzini with Prosciutto and Peas
In less than an hour, you can create a dinner that will satisfy the whole family. A hallmark of Southern cooking, this updated main dish stars a classic Italian ingredient combination: peas and prosciutto. Transform the traditional pasta meal into a casserole by adding Alfredo sauce and cream of mushroom soup. Crispy sautéed prosciutto adds a savory, salty crunch, while Parmesan cheese, cream of mushroom soup, and Alfredo sauce add a rich, creamy texture. This standby casserole dish is one part comfort food, one part Italian delicacy, served in one dish. Top with almonds for a nutty crunch to accent the Alfredo sauce.
Onion-Topped Sausage 'n' Mashed Potato Casserole
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.
Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas
Spinach Lasagna Rollups
Recipe: Spinach Lasagna Rollups
Rolling the lasagna noodles rather than layering them lends flair to these satisfying meat-free rollups.
Recipe: Noodle-and-Spinach Casserole
Topped with a meaty marinara sauce and melted Parmesan cheese, Noodle-and-Spinach Casserole offers an easy-to-assemble alternative to multilayered lasagna.
Crispy Chicken-and-Rice Casserole
Lemon juice and almonds add flavor and crunch to this creamy casserole. Make in advance to take to a friend or potluck, or serve it a home with a tossed green salad and French bread.
Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Recipe: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Sausage, pepperoni, and your favorite jarred pasta sauce fill this cheese-topped casserole. Freeze it unbaked up to a month to pull out on a busy weeknight.