40+ Quick Casserole Recipes for Warm Meals on Busy Nights
How do we love casseroles? Let us count the ways! They are quick and easy to prepare, portable for potlucks and other gatherings, satisfy the hungriest crowd, can be made ahead, save time on clean up, and are hands-down the most comforting dish to dig into. Every Southern cook has a favorite go-to casserole recipe, but there is always room for more. Choose from dozens of our best quick and easy casserole recipes including classics like King Ranch chicken, lasagna, potpies, and enchiladas, and new favorites like tomato and ground beef, and chicken-sausage cassoulet. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner that will please the whole family or a company-worthy casserole for a special gathering, you can’t go wrong with any of these delicious recipes.
Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
With fresh broccoli and a mix of mayonnaise and sour cream instead of mushroom soup, this broccoli-and-cheese casserole is sure to fit right into any dinner spread.
Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Recipe: Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Less than 25 minutes of hands-on prep time? Sounds like we found our new ground beef go-to on weeknights.
French Onion Soup Casserole
Recipe: French Onion Soup Casserole
Turn your favorite soup into a more substantial dish with this comforting casserole.
Recipe: Extra-Easy Lasagna
We meant it when we say this casserole is extra easy. With only five ingredients, you'll have dinner prepared faster than ever before.
Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Recipe: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Pizza and spaghetti all in one dish? Now that's a surefire way to make sure the kids clear their plates.
Sloppy Joe Casserole
Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole
Sloppy Joes just got a little bit more sophisticated. This pasta bake version of the old-school classic dishes out a sweet and savory blend of sauce and ground beef that will remind of you childhood.
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
Two of our family favorites come together to create the ultimate crowd-pleasing casserole. To cut down on prep time, the recipe calls for a number of convenience products like pasteurized prepared cheese product and cream of chicken soup.
Recipe: Ham-and-Vegetable Cobbler
With frozen vegetables and store-bought piecrusts on the prep list, this savory latticed casserole only looks time intensive.
Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
This gooey cheese and tender kale combination comes together in just half an hour. If you need to make things even easier, though, you can use pre-washed, pre-chopped kale and shredded cheese.
The beauty of this casserole? Most of the ingredients are pantry staples that you probably already have, and, if you don’t, you can easily substitute with something else.
Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
IThe old-school recipe takes down memory lane to Mama's kitchen table on any typical weeknight.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole
Ready for weeknight meals or company, this Chicken and rice casserole is made in a skillet and sure to satisfy.
Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Zucchini, squash, and corn blend together beautifully with a creamy filling that's topped with breadcrumbs and Asiago cheese.
Savannah Red Rice
Recipe: Savannah Red Rice
A regional rice delicacy delivered in a casserole dish, this flavorful recipe includes tangy tomatoes and smoky bacon.
Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
It's hard not to love breakfast for dinner. With all your favorite morning foods baked into one dish, this casserole has earned its spot on the dinner table.
Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
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: Cheeseburger Casserole
Forget flipping patties. Nothing says grade-A comfort food better than a bacon cheeseburger-inspired bake.
Tomato n Beef Casserole Polenta Crust
Recipe: Tomato ’n’ Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust
Budget-friendly and filling, this comforting ground beef and veggie combination is sealed with a cornmeal crust.
Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-Up
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Here's proof that comfort food doesn't take all day to prepare. With rotisserie chicken, canned sauces, and shredded cheese on the ingredient list, this weeknigth casserole is almost too easy.
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.
New Tuna Casserole
Recipe: New Tuna Casserole
Don't be mislead by the term "new." This update on a tried-and-true classic still hits all of the creamy, cheesy, and crunchy notes of the original.
Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Baked ziti has never looked better. Served with sliced summer vegetables mixed in, you're sure to make the most of your farmers' market haul.
Baked Shells and Greens
Texas-Style Enchilada Casserole
Recipe: Texas-Style Enchilada Casserole
Serve something with a little kick this season. This recipe will bring a welcome change from standard fare.
Chicken and Cornbread Casserole
Recipe: Spinach-Ravioli Lasagna
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.
Turkey Pot Pie With Cranberry-Pecan Crusts
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: Mexican Lasagna
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.
Chicken Cobbler Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Cobbler Casserole
Buttery cubes of sourdough rolls make a quick and crunchy topping for this speedy twist on chicken pot pie.
Light King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Recipe: Light King Ranch Casserole
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.
Cajun Shrimp Casserole
Recipe: Cajun Shrimp Casserole
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.
Golden Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Golden Macaroni and Cheese
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.
Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie
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.
New Turkey Tetrazzini
Recipe: New Turkey Tetrazzini
Loads of spinach and mushrooms freshen up this classic.
Chicken Cannelloni with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce
A creamy mix of chicken, spinach, and mozzarella turns manicotti shells into an impressively easy one-dish meal.
Creamy Chicken and Collard Green Enchiladas
Garnished with sliced radishes, jalapeños, and cilantro leaves, this Mexican casserole adds a whole new twist to traditional collard greens.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
It can stand on its own as a vegetarian main, but also pairs well with just about any weeknight protein.
Tater Tot Casserole
Recipe: Tater Tot Casserole
Tasty any time of day, a middle layer of creamed spinach makes this skillet casserole great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Recipe: Italian Casserole
This vintage casserole is one of our make-ahead supper staples. Once you've assembled and chilled over night, this simple recipe is just a bake away from the dinner table.
Recipe: Sausage-and-Chicken Cassoulet
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.
Chicken Casserole D'Iberville
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.