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59 Casserole Recipes for Creamy Comfort With Crispy Edges

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Casserole recipes are extremely important for cold weather for quite a few reasons. First, they’re delicious. Second, they’re a great way to cut down on dishes, because they’re usually served in the same dish you cook them in—and who doesn’t love a one-dish dinner? Third, easy casseroles were pretty much invented for busy weeknight dinners when you want a lot of flavor but not a lot of fuss. We could keep going, but you get the point.

To clarify, when we say “casseroles,” we primarily mean the traditional one-pan wonders with crispy things on top (the one you’re picturing in your head right now), but we also mean lasagna, macaroni and cheese and other pasta casseroles, gratins, breakfast casseroles, shepherd’s pies, tater tot casseroles, and more. They’re guaranteed crowd pleasers and ideal if you’re hosting brunch, attending a potluck, or planning weeknight dinners for the whole family. Casseroles are the epitome of comfort, so we rounded up our favorite easy casserole recipes for you. Behold, the best casserole recipes we’ve got. And a happy casserole season to you and yours!

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Mississippi Corn Pudding

You can think of this corn casserole recipe as a cornbread lover’s hedonist fever dream. This Mississippi-born version from chef Elle Simone Scott calls for adding cheddar cheese to the mixing bowl and topping the dish with crushed butter crackers before baking for a cheesy, crispy holiday-worthy recipe you won’t soon forget. See recipe.

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Potatoes au Gratin

What differentiates this creamy classic from scalloped potatoes? It’s the cheese. Never rinse your sliced potatoes for a gratin: You need that starch to help hold it all together. See recipe.

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Our Favorite Lasagna With Sausage, Spinach, and Three Cheeses

This extra-cheesy dinner recipe is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but fancy enough for a special occasion. It’s a compilation of all the greatest lasagna recipes in the Epi archives. See recipe.

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Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole with Crispy Fried Onions

A mix of wild mushrooms lends an earthy touch to this creamy classic, but it’s the crispy and well-spiced onions on top that really make it sing. See recipe.

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Tuna Noodle Casserole

In this Gourmet classic, a homemade creamy sauce supplants the condensed soup that most versions of this stalwart family favorite rely on. See recipe.

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Turn This Chile Base Into 2 Great Meatless Mexican Meals

Double the sauce for this intensely savory vegan take on Mexican enchiladas and you’ll have enough to make a vegan rendition of menudo a few days (or months, if you freeze it) later. See recipe.

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Our Favorite Mac and Cheese

Creamy homemade macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food; it’s a perfect meatless main for the whole family (what’s more kid-friendly than macaroni and cheese?) and a wildly popular side dish at any cookout. See recipe.

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Cowboy Breakfast Casserole with Sausage and Spinach

Assemble this easy egg casserole studded with lots of crumbled sausage and cheese the night before you plan to serve it. Then, put it in the oven (straight from the fridge) the next morning for a quick and casual brunch dish. See recipe.

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This DIY Hash Brown Casserole Gives Cracker Barrel a Run for Their Money

This supremely cheesy dish of shredded (frozen!) potatoes and onions might remind you of your favorite roadside eatery. You’ll be very glad to learn that you can put it on your table whenever you want. See recipe.

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Spring Greens and Leek Gratin

Seasonal greens get even better when they’re decked out with cream, cheese, butter, and crispy torn bread. This recipe calls for spinach and arugula, but you can use any greens you like. See recipe.

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Simple Bread Pudding With Melted Ice Cream Sauce

This straightforward bread pudding recipe gets an even easier sauce, which is made simply by leaving out (or microwaving) a pint of store-bought ice cream. Easy peasy. See recipe.

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Yellow Squash Casserole

This buttery Southern classic gets a big dose of sour cream which helps cut through the richness (while somehow simultaneously adding to it). See recipe.

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Sheet-Pan Pasta Bake with Chicken and Kale

By using a sheet pan for this recipe, rather than a baking dish, you’ll end up with so much more crispy topping per bite compared to the standard pasta casserole. See recipe.

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Jarred Peppers and Olives Are My Weeknight Dinner Dream Team

The sauce in this baked pasta recipe is bulked up with jarred red peppers and green olives. It’s a vegetarian casserole, but if you wanted to toss in some cooked meatballs, the dish would welcome the addition. See recipe.

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Bitters, habanero, and lime turn a shepherd’s pie into a West Indies Shepherd’s Pie.

This shepherd’s pie uses ground chicken and leans toward warming flavors, incorporating bright bursts of the tropics—ginger, habanero chile, lime—as well as aromatic Angostura bitters. See recipe.

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This Easy One-Pan Pasta Is Your In-Between-Holidays Dinner Solution

Pizza meets eggs in purgatory in this one-pan pasta casserole recipe. It’s punchy from the tomato sauce, creamy from starchy orzo and melty mozzarella, and ready in under an hour. See recipe.

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Cheesy Potato and Kale Gratin With Rye Croutons

There’s no need to reduce your cream or pre-cook the kale for this easy recipe. Leaving the potatoes unpeeled bumps up nutrients and cuts the prep time, too. See recipe.

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Crème Brûlée French Toast

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This Chicken Gratin Is Cold-Weather Comfort Food (Even If You’re Not in Cold Weather)

This gratin is a decidedly autumnal dish. The breadcrumbs for the topping get toasted separately, so they stay crispy—a perfect complement to the creamy sauce. See recipe.

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This Spiced Tomato Tuna Noodle Bake Made Me a Believer

This revamped tuna noodle casserole is homey, bright, and pantry-friendly. You’ll toast dry pasta in oil until golden brown before cooking it in the tomato sauce. See recipe.

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Manicotti

Fact: Manicotti is a casserole. A pasta casserole! And this crowd-pleasing Italian stunner comes together in no time with tender wrappers and a cheesy filling, smothered in tomato sauce. See recipe.

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BLT Casserole

Plenty of bacon in the baking dish and a quick trip under the broiler adds salty, smoky, crispy crunch to this cheeky casserole recipe. See recipe.

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Blissed-Out Crispy Cheesy Broccoli Gratin

When you cook broccoli gratin on a sheet pan, every single morsel gets an ample coating of crunch. Try it with added sliced bell peppers or jarred artichokes for even more flavor. See recipe.

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Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey tetrazzini is a classic use of leftover Thanksgiving turkey—and it may well be the only casserole named for an Italian opera star. See recipe.

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3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Casserole With Maple Pecans

Maple syrup pumps up the flavor of puréed sweet potatoes and provides a sweet glaze for extra-peppery candied pecans in this classic holiday (or anytime!) side dish. See recipe.

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Parmesan-Roasted Butternut Squash

The best qualities of a gratin shine in this incredibly simple side dish: Pieces of sweet butternut squash and a flurry of salty Parmigiano-Reggiano meld with cream to form a warm, cohesive dish. See recipe.

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Lean in to Casserole Season With This Comforting Cabbage and Cauliflower Gratin

A combination of cauliflower and cabbage mingles in this soufflé-like vegetable gratin which is lighter than most casseroles, but no less warm and comforting. See recipe.

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French Onion Breakfast Strata

There’s little we love more than a breakfast casserole, and this one is where French onion dip meets savory bread pudding. It’s a perfect make-ahead, crowd-pleasing brunch headliner. See recipe.

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Cheesy Baked Pasta Casserole

Bookmark this method for our use-what-you’ve-got pasta casserole to turn out a chicken casserole with Alfredo sauce or a pantry casserole with canned chiles and olives or a freezer casserole with a bag of mixed vegetables. See article.

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Potato, Leek, and Pea Pot Pie With Spinach-Arugula Salad

Pot pie doesn’t have to feel heavy—this spring version features tender leeks, creamy potatoes, and sweet peas in a light, lemony sauce. An herb-packed salad with peppery radish and crunchy almonds helps round out the meal. See recipe.

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Make-Ahead Blintzed Breakfast Bake

French toast meets bread pudding and cheese blintz with whispers of Danish in this breakfast bake from chef and cookbook author Vivian Howard. See recipe.

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Croque Madame Casserole with Ham and Gruyère

Elegant yet hearty, this easy casserole with a fancy French name is perfect for any special occasion. Just don’t give away the secret: It’s much less complicated to make than it looks. See recipe.

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Vegetarian Skillet Stuffed Shells

This one-pan, stovetop-only pasta turns mushroom- and spinach-stuffed shells into an easy weeknight dinner. See recipe.

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Shepherd’s Pie

With its mashed potato topping and the rich ground lamb filling, this crock of British comfort is about as textbook hearty as it gets. It’s also an ideal way to warm up the whole family this winter. See recipe.

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A Vegetarian Comfort Food Meal Plan for 2022

With tender oyster mushrooms, caramelized carrots, and onions—plus a good helping of red wine and miso for extra-rich flavor—this comforting pie is perfect for cold winter evenings. See recipe.

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Cauliflower “Mac ‘n’ Cheese” Casserole

This gluten-free and kid-friendly cauliflower casserole recipe offers all the melty goodness of macaroni and cheese, without the macaroni. See recipe.

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Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Skillet

This easy, soul-warming chicken enchilada casserole starts with shredded rotisserie chicken, a jar of salsa, and a can of black beans. See recipe.

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Bacon and Egg Casserole

This make-ahead casserole is almost too pretty for its own good. Halved boiled eggs peak from underneath a faux lattice top made from strips of frozen puff pastry. See recipe.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Graham Cracker Streusel

Embrace the sweetness of this maple-kissed casserole that’s topped with a playful pecan-graham crumble and toasty marshmallows. See recipe.

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Cheesy Delicata Squash and Kale Casserole

Thinly sliced squash and kale (plus plenty of ricotta cheese) combine in a lasagna-like casserole dish that’s perfect for a hearty, cheesy, veggie-forward winter dinner. See recipe.

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Butternut Squash and Creamed-Spinach Gratin

Parmesan and a heavy dose of cream transform butternut squash and spinach into a creamy sauce-y gratin that’ll make you happy to eat your veggies. See recipe.

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Chicken Pot Tot Hotdish

This iconic Midwestern dish is like a hybrid chicken pot pie and tater tot casserole: think creamy chicken with a sauce made from scratch (no store-bought mushroom soup here) and a crunchy potato topping. It’s just hard to imagine what else you could possibly want from a casserole recipe. See recipe.

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Pastitsio

Shake up your dinner rotation with this Greek pasta and lamb casserole. Layers of baked ziti, meaty tomato sauce fragrant with spices, and a creamy béchamel come together in this deeply satisfying recipe. See recipe.

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Microwave Lasagna With Spinach, Mushrooms, and Three Cheeses

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Secret butternut squash *and* pockets of fontina in baked polenta = more fun all around.

As this make-ahead dish bakes, chunks of butternut squash melt into the creamy polenta, and bites of Fontina cheese create gooey pockets throughout. See recipe.

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One-Pot Pie With Callaloo and Plantains

This Jamaican-inspired pot pie is packed with vegetables and gets heat from Scotch bonnet chiles. There are also three types of cheese, a cream sauce, and a cornmeal crust. See recipe.

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Lasagna

Using store-bought tomato sauce cuts down on the prep work for this hearty lasagna, while blitzing cashews with vegetable broth turns out a sauce so creamy and delicious you may have trouble believing it’s entirely vegan (but it is, we promise). See recipe.

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Cassoulet

Making this French classic is no small affair. A rich and hearty mix of pork, beans, and duck confit, it’ll take you a few days to pull the whole thing together. Oh, but when you do… See recipe.

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Tartiflette

Here you’ve got potatoes in a white wine cream sauce, strips of pancetta, and lots of cheese. This combination is also known as everything good. See recipe.

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Cantonese-Style Taro and Pork Belly Casserole

This casserole relies on the complementary flavors and textures of taro and pork belly: one meaty, the other earthy; one chewy, the other tender. See recipe.

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A Vegetarian Comfort Food Meal Plan for 2022

This main-course crumble is comfort food at its finest. The filling, all-in-one vegetarian meal will grace your table at least once a week this winter. See recipe.

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Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes

This cheesy scalloped potatoes recipe is a classic side dish from Gourmet, simply made with softened onions, an easy roux, cheddar cheese, and thinly sliced potatoes. See recipe.

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Butternut Squash Lasagna Rolls

Swap tomato sauce for a wonderfully savory butternut squash sauce with shallots, garlic, and Parmesan in this easy, cheesy, and delicious iteration of baked pasta. See recipe.

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Penne With Garrotxa, Serrano Ham, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Native to Catalonia, Spain, Garrotxa is a goat cheese that imparts the tanginess of cheddar. In this penne recipe, it mixes with sweet sun-dried tomatoes and salty Serrano ham in a cream sauce made from butter, milk, and crème fraîche. See recipe.

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Southwest Veggie and Rice Casserole

In this Tex-Mex-inspired casserole, a base of spiced tomato-infused rice provides an ultra-flavorful base to build upon. Cheddar cheese and a mélange of vegetables bring texture to the mix. For even more crunch, crush some tortilla chips over the top and call it taco casserole—a guaranteed crowd pleaser. See recipe.

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Zucchini Lasagna

Turn zucchini noodles into a zucchini casserole by layering them with an easy homemade tomato sauce, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese. See recipe.

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Poblano Potato Gratin

Here, forest-green poblanos lend a mild, almost fruity heat to a potato gratin. The pop of green chile gives this riff on a classic a warming twist. See recipe.

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Croissant Bread and Butter Pudding

Classic bread pudding is a favorite, for sure—but have you ever tried subbing the usual slices of bread with flaky, many-layered croissants? The results are incredible. See recipe.

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Fennel Gratin With Walnut-Thyme Breadcrumbs

The “breadcrumbs” in this casserole recipe are made from fresh bread. Tear it into bite-size pieces so that they can offer a real crunch to the dish along with the deeply toasted walnuts. See recipe.

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