If you need some ideas for dinner and don’t have time to cook every day, casseroles are the way to go. There are several casserole dishes you can make a few days and head of time and freeze them so you’ll have them on hand when you’re ready for a hearty and flavorful meal. Casseroles are also great for potlucks and dinner parties so you can make sure you show up to the gallery with something delicious to put on the table.
Spinach Lasagna Rollups
This casserole recipe makes a tasty dinner for Meatless Monday or if your family is vegetarian. The mixture of spinach and ricotta makes these savory rollups delicious, and topping the entire dish of rollups with marinara sauce and mozzarella adds more flavor and keeps the noodles moist once you defrost the casserole in the oven.
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Tuna Noodle Casserole
Tuna casserole is a classic dinner that is filled with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. You can make this creamy casserole ahead of time with shredded tuna, egg noodles, and mixed vegetables. Top the casserole with crumbled potato chips and breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of fresh dill, which goes great with tuna.
If you have a big family or have to feed a crowd, baked ziti is a tasty option. This hearty pasta dish is filled with savory tomato flavor, cheese, and fresh herbs and the dish only takes minutes to put together. You can make a few pans of ziti so you can keep a pan at home and take a pan to your next dinner party.
Spaghetti pie is a fun way to eat this classic dinner, especially if your loved one enjoy a hearty spaghetti dinner. This hearty dish is topped with rich marinara sauce and you can add ground turkey or beef to add more protein to this make-ahead casserole.
Ham, Potato, and Broccoli Casserole
This casserole is filled with nutrients and the smoky flavor of ham goes great with potatoes and broccoli. This dish is a great way to your kids to eat more veggies and all the ingredients can be frozen ahead of time so you can put the casserole in the oven whenever you’re ready.
Crunchy Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant parmesan is a decadent dish that will make you and your family feel like you’re dining at an Italian restaurant. The combination of rustic eggplant, slightly spicy marinara sauce, and salty parmesan cheese is satisfying to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. To ensure that each disc of eggplant is crispy, it’s best to assemble this casserole, freeze it, and cook it when you’re ready to serve.
Turkey Cabbage Rolls
Cabbage rolls are a creative dinner option if you’re looking for a delicious recipe that is low in carbs and packed with flavor. Ground turkey seasoned to perfection and placed in cabbage leaves freezes well, so you can prep the casserole a few days in advance before placing it in the oven the soften the cabbage and allow the flavors to meld.
Curried Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
If you love curry chicken, you can create a flavorful casserole with curry chicken and broccoli. Create a sauce from butter, cream, and turmeric to combine the chicken and broccoli and top with a cornflake crust to add texture to this unconventional casserole.
Chicken and Turkey Tetrazzini
Chicken or turkey combined with savory broth, vegetables, and pasta make this dish a family favorite. You can use leftover meat for this casserole which makes this the perfect dinner for busy nights.
Chicken and Rice Bake
This dish only takes about 15 minutes to prep and features classic elements of a hearty dinner. Add carrots and broccoli to ensure your family is getting a serving of vitamins and minerals and use wild rice to give the casserole an earthy, nutty flavor.
Hot Tamale Pie
This tasty casserole is an easy dish to prepare and is ideal for feeding a crowd. If your family loves Mexican food, this tamale pie offers the flavor of traditional Mexican tamales but it’s not as labor-intensive. Serve with salsa, avocado, and fresh sour cream for a delicious explosion of flavors you won’t want to pass up.
If you’re looking for a casserole that doesn’t include chicken or beef, try this creamy and decadent shrimp casserole. Add onions and garlic to enhance the flavor of the shrimp, along with bell peppers and Alfredo sauce to add hearty flavor to the casserole. Long-grain rice pairs great with the shrimp and makes the meal more filling.
Ham Hash Brown Casserole
If you like the idea of having breakfast food for dinner, this ham and hash brown casserole is for you. The smokiness of the ham, the heartiness of the potatoes and cheddar cheese are a winning combination for a quick and easy meal. This casserole is also great to take to a get-together if brunch food is on the menu.
Make Taco Tuesday exciting by preparing chicken enchiladas for your family. You can use Colby-jack cheese and green chile sauce for a verde enchiladas that are more savory than spicy. After baking the enchilada casserole, add tasty taco fixings such as salsa, guacamole, and sour cream to enhance the flavor of this Mexican-inspired dish.
Cajun Shrimp Casserole
If you’re in the mood for something spicy, try this Cajun shrimp casserole. This creamy dish features plump shrimp, onions, peppers, and rice. Once you’re ready to bake the casserole, serve it with mixed greens and a red wine vinaigrette for a complete meal.
Italian Brunch Casserole
This casserole is filled with Italian sausage, zucchini, green onions, and bell peppers, which makes the dish beautifully colorful. Cheddar cheese and Italian bread are also featured in this savory bread pudding which makes Italian brunch casserole a great dish to take to a family gathering or for a weekend breakfast at home.
You can’t go wrong with this classic casserole. Lasagna is delicious and filling, and you can customize the meal to your liking. A hearty red meat sauce is the main feature of this dish, but you can also use white sauce and fill the lasagna with vegetables for a cheese pasta dish that has vitamins and minerals.
Onion-Topped Sausage and Mashed Potato Casserole
This delicious take on shepherd’s pie is an easy make-ahead dinner everyone in the family will enjoy. A combination of sausage, tomatoes, and mixed vegetables in a broth provides the base for this casserole, and the fluffy mashed potatoes on top go great with the meat filling. Top the casserole with crispy onions for a flavor that goes great with meat and potatoes.
Noodle Spinach Casserole
Noodles are a popular choice for dinner and you can add tomato sauce and spinach for a meat-free casserole that freezes well. This recipe makes enough for everyone to have seconds, and it’s a perfect choice for Meatless Mondays, especially when you don’t have much time to make dinner on the weekdays.
Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
If you want to make pizza night a little more creative, try this pizza spaghetti casserole. This dish features spaghetti and marinara sauce, but you can add all the toppings you like on your pizza, including pepperoni, mushrooms, and cheese, for a satisfying meal even the kids will love.
Combine all the things you love in a great burger to make this delicious and creative casserole. Beef, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions make this dish especially savory. You can serve this dish with a side of steamed veggies for a nutritious meal that is fun to make and eat.
Spaghetti Squash Meatball Casserole
If you’re looking for a low-carb casserole that is still filling, try this meatball casserole made with spaghetti squash. The squash takes the place of traditional pasta and adds a slightly sweet flavor to the dish. Chopped tomatoes and mozzarella complement the meatballs as well to create a healthy take on spaghetti and meatballs. This dish only takes a few minutes to assemble, and you can freeze it in advance to make sure you have a nutritious meal on hand when you don’t have time to cook.
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