Winter Dinner Casseroles In Three Steps Or Less

They're ready on the count of three.

Turkey-Noodle-Poppyseed Casserole Recipe
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Some casseroles are a labor of love, from soaking the beans to cooking the rice, before you know it you're ten steps deep into a multi-hour ordeal. Not these casseroles, made in only three, easy to follow steps, you won't be dirtying up every kitchen utensil or overloading the dishwasher to get this meal on the table. And less time in the kitchen, means more time having fun around the dinner table. Just grab your favorite 9x13 baking dish, a handful of ingredients, and get to cooking. A warm and comforting winter dinner casserole will be ready before you know it.

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Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake

Cheesy Chili Hash Brown Bake
Jennifer Davick

With only five ingredients and three steps, this meal can be thrown together in rush. And leftovers hold well, too, so make extra and have an easy dinner later in the week as well.

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Turkey-Noodle-Poppy Seed Casserole

Turkey-Noodle-Poppyseed Casserole Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Whether you have leftover Thanksgiving turkey that you need a quick way to use up, or you have extra deli cuts hanging out in the fridge, this casserole turns leftover turkey into something new and delicious. Toss together a green salad while it bakes, and you have a full meal in minutes.

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Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole

Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
Alison Miksch

Made with two full blocks of Cheddar cheese, this casserole is the definition of rich. All that cheese is folded into grits and sausage, for a dinner that won't leave you wanting for anything.

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Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger Casserole
Photography: Alison Miksch, Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland, Food Styling: Melissa Gray

This is our winter version of a summer cookout classic. It combines all your favorite components of a cheeseburger in an easy to prepare casserole.

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Cowboy Casserole

Cowboy Casserole
Micah A. Leal

This casserole celebrates store-bought pantry staples, from canned beans and tomatoes to the freezer staple, tater tots. To make it your own, sub in your favorite spices for the packet of taco seasoning.

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Old-School Squash Casserole

Old-School Squash Casserole Recipe

Sometimes there's no improving on a classic. This recipe is one of those that can't be beat. Serve with a green salad or any leftover protein (chicken, pork, or steak all pair well), for an easy, but delicious meal.

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Macaroni Corn Casserole

Macaroni Corn Casserole
Will Dickey; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

With a perfectly crispy and browned panko crust, this casserole is nearly irresistible. If you've ever wondered what two of your favorite Thanksgiving sides (mac and cheese and corn pudding) would taste like together, look no further than this recipe that combines the best of both.

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Everything Bagel Casserole

Everything Bagel Casserole
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Margaret Dickey, Prop Stylist Prissy Lee

Who says you can't have breakfast for dinner? We love a delicious breakfast casserole like this one any time of day. The sausage helps make this AM dish hearty enough to serve for dinner.

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Beefy Nacho Casserole

Beefy Nacho Casserole
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Rishon Hanners, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Everyone loves a stacked pile of nachos, so we took those same flavors and turned them into a casserole that has all the same delicious seasoning, but is much less messy to eat.

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Chicken Spaghetti

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

If you're bored with your regular go-to chicken casserole, mix it up with this zesty dish. It combines all your favorite things: chicken, pasta, plenty of butter, and just the right amount of hot sauce.

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