Making a Comeback: Casseroles!

January 15, 2019

While Wikipedia has its own definition of what a casserole is (food cooked and served in a large pan), the word itself is sort of vintage and perhaps doesn’t immediately make you think of contemporary or tasty cuisine. In fact, it may conjure up memories of Pyrex bakeware filled with mystery concoctions your aunt or grandmother made — a version of the five-can-casserole dish, likely involving cream-of-something soup and canned tuna (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).

But today’s casseroles are more likely one-dish meals that are not only easy, but tasty and healthy in the way that maybe casseroles of the last century weren’t. So we gathered the best, easiest, most crowd-pleasing casserole recipes on the internet for you to try. Now go casserole crazy!

The Best and Tastiest Casseroles

This is the perfect dish for a crowd: blogger Catalina of Sweet and Savory Meals’ recipe for Cheesy Crack Chicken Casserole. We’re not sure if the crack stands for first-rate excellent or super-addictive. But we’re going with tasty-to-the max in part because of the crispy bacon topping and Buffalo version. Check out her Sausage Pesto Tortellini, and Hashbrown Chicken Jalapeno casseroles, too.

The 62 Most Delish Casseroles from Delish are pan-after-pan of comfort food. From Philly Cheesesteak and Cowboy Casserole (a southwestern-flavored concoction topped with tater tots and cheese) to a simple Chicken and Rice dish with fresh garlic and thyme, there are enough recipes here to get you through the winter and then some! And not just because you’ll want a few repeats in the middle of February!

Quick and Easy Casseroles

If you have an Instant Pot nothing could be quicker and easier than making the Macaroni Beef Casserole from Meatloaf and Melodrama’s recipe. Blogger Dee starts by browning the ground beef and chopped onion in her Instant Pot. She then layers macaroni, water and diced tomatoes on top and after cooking for three minutes, some shredded cheese. Just look at it and tell us you don’t want to take that bite right off Dee’s fork. 

Greatist’s 20 easy curated casserole recipes that are also healthy, not always two words you can use in the same sentence (easy and healthy) pack a breakfast-lunch-and-dinner punch. Choose from breakfast recipes like Brenda, the Sugar Free Mom’s Sausage, Spinach and Mushroom Eggsor Vintage Mixer Becky’s Huevos Rancheroscasseroles. And plenty of mid-day and evening dishes like Turkey Taco Lasagna and Sweet Potato, Rice and Pesto Broccoli casseroles.

Country Living has another 60 quick casserole recipes to make on your busiest nights. From Cajun Shrimp Alfredo to Poppy Seed Crispy Chicken, these dishes will make dinner – and lunch the next day – nice and breezy – not to mention yummy good.

Classic Casseroles Making a Comeback

Youngsters love the taste of Monterey Spaghetti even with the spinach in it! These scrumptious one dish meals from a Taste of Home’s “Best of 2018” recipes will please even the pickiest eaters in your house. The spaghetti, full of Monterey Jack cheese and topped with French fried onion rings, is great mixed with your favorite protein for one all-around brag-worthy dish. 

For a casserole classic that tantalizes everybody’s taste buds, try the Chicken Pot Pie from The Recipe Critic — another retro dish that can’t be beat. 

Cooking for Convenience in Southshore

The busy home-chefs in the master-planned community of Southshore are always finding ways to exploit their state-of-the-art kitchens. You can too! Check out Life at the Lake and tour the eye-popping model homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, brand new homes in Southshore are priced between the upper $300s and the $700s.