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30 Effortless Casseroles Even Better Than Mom Used To Make

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Easy Casseroles hold a special place in our hearts—and it’s clear why! These one pan food classics are comfort food in a dish. Like a hug from mom. Simple, versatile, and ideal for prepping in advance. They move seamlessly from oven to table, meaning less cleanup. And these easy recipes are budget friendly and tasty.

If that doesn’t sound like a perfect family meal, what does?

Plus, these dinner crowd-pleasers can be your go-to for holidays, potlucks, or vacation meals year-round. Whether you’re craving a taste of nostalgia, or looking for a unique spin on an old favourite, you will want to dish out these casserole recipes tonight!

Bring everyone together with an irresistible casserole fresh out of the oven.

Easy Casserole Recipes

1. Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Rectangular pan. of Chicken Cordon Bleu casserole, toppes with sourdough crumbs and cheese.
Photo & recipe by Graceful Dame

Chicken Cordon Bleu, only easier, as it’s deconstructed into one pan.

Tasty layers of chicken, ham, and cheese are topped with a creamy, homemade sauce and a sourdough bread stuffing, making every mouthful better than the last.

I like how it seems fancy enough for a holiday meal or gathering, making it one of best casserole recipes.

Get the recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu

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2. Pork Enchilada Casserole

Pork enchilada casserole on a round plate with fork, and part of a pan of casserole.
Photo & recipe by Midwexican

Bring out this Pork Enchilada casserole recipe when you have some leftover pork kicking around. Layer corn tortillas, leftover shredded pork, diced onion, shredded cheese, and homemade salsa for a hearty meal.

My partner Derek likes to make a roast for Sunday nights, then change up the recipes so we can use it up over a couple meals in the week. Which is where a casserole dish like this comes in.

Get the recipe: Pork Enchiladas

3. Walking Taco Casserole

Photo & recipe by A Dash of Megnut

Make your next Taco Tuesday even more fun, with a unique twist on a walking taco.

If you aren’t familiar with walking tacos, it’s a meal where you take a bag of Fritos tortilla chips, add in a spiced ground beef mixture & top with your favourite taco toppings & sour cream.

This dish is the casserole version, which would make a fun summer dinner.

Get the recipe: Walking Taco Casserole

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4. Easy Tuna Casserole

Plate of tuna casserole with macaroni noodles, and peas.
Photo & recipe by A Cedar Spoon

Tuna Casserole brings me back to sitting around the dinner table with my brothers and parents. It’s the ultimate in comfort food, and such a quick meal to put together.

It mixes ingredients you likely alread have on hand; canned tuna, pasta, peas, cheese and a creamy sauce topped with breadcrumbs. 

Get the recipe: Tuna Casserole

5. No Peek Chicken and Rice Casserole

Casserole dish of chicken breasts in soupy rice and sprinkled with parsley.
Photo & recipe by Simply Five Ingredients

Nothing could be simpler than this No Peek Chicken and Rice Casserole. With only five ingredients, and 5 minutes to prep you’ll have a meal the whole family can enjoy in no time.

An easy weeknight dinner , or a quick vacation meal to add to your family favourite chicken casseroles. 

Get recipe: No Peek Chicken & Rice Casserole

6. Zucchini Squash & Corn Casserole

Small round plate & pan of zucchini corn casserole.
Photo & recipe by Small Farm Big Life

Zucchini Squash & Corn Casserole recipe is the ideal summer side dish. I mean we have to find recipes for all those giant zucchinis our friends, neighbours ad colleagues are trying to get rid of.

When zucchini season is in full swing, bring out this recipe full of vegetables with a crispy topping. It’s also gluten free, so perfect for those with dietary restrictions.

Get the Recipe: Zucchini Squash and Corn Casserole

7. Crack Chicken Casserole

Casserole pan of chicken bacon, ranch casserole
Photo & recipe by Busy Day Dinners

A picky eater’s delight, this creamy chicken, bacon, ranch casserole may just become your new go-to comfort food dish. It’s easy to prep, and a great choice for busy weeknight meals.

Get the Recipe: Crack Chicken Casserole

8. Easy Rigatoni Pasta Bake With Ground Beef

Spoonful of cheesy rigatoni and beef casserole.
Photo & recipe by Semi Homemade Kitchen

What could be easier than this Rigatoni Pasta Bake, made with pantry staples, ground beef and delicious gooey cheese. Perfect for any day of the week you are craving cheesy pasta. Plus pasta bakes are super kid-friendly too. 

Our Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad would compliment the pasta bake nicely.

Get the recipe: Easy Rigatoni Pasta Bake

9. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

casserole pan with cheesy broccoli quinoa casserole.
Photo & recipe by I Heart Vegetables

A tasty twist on classic comfort food. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole combines creamy white beans, broccoli, quinoa and cheese for an extra filling protein filled meal.

I love recipes like this for my family’s Meatless Monday cravings.

Get the Recipe: Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

10. Chicken Broccoli Potato Casserole

Casserole dish with cheesy chicken, broccoli & potato casserole
Photo & recipe by Simply Made Eats

Cheesy potatoes and chicken, yes please!

Chicken, veggies, and potatoes mixed with a ranch, herb mayonnaise all rolled into one hearty casserole. No need for anything else (unless you want it). Prep in only 15 minutes and let the oven do all the hard work for you.

Get the recipe: Chicken Broccoli Potato Casserole

11. Pizza Casserole

Pasta casserole topped with beef, cheese, pepperoni pizza toppings.
Photo & recipe by Trop Rockin’

No my kids love anything that starts and ends with pizza, or pasta so this Pizza Casserole recipe is just the thing. All the classic pizza toppings including tomato sauce & melty mozzarella cheese, but with a twist.

Bonus you don’t have to make dough! A win, win in my books.

Get the recipe: Pizza Casserole

12. Baked Crab Casserole

Round dish of cheesy crab bake casserole.

Grab this comforting & budget friendly crab bake recipe, for when you’re craving a cheesy, creamy crab dish.

While it uses the more affordable imitation crab, feel free to substitute with real crab for an extra special occasion.

Get the recipe: Baked Crab Casserole

13. Green Bean Artichoke Casserole

Green bean and artichoke casserole in a casserole dish.
Photo & recipe by Healthy Mom & Healthy Family

Jazz up your green bean casserole this holiday season, or because you want a fun side dish for baked chicken, pork tenderloin or your favourite dinner meal.

Assemble the simple ingredients; green beans, garlic, onion, artichokes, and Parmesan cheesea day or two in advance & bake right before your gathering.

Get the recipe: Green Bean & Artichoke Casserole

14. Vegetarian Mexican Rice & Bean Casserole

Rice, cheese, corn, beans & jalapenos casserole piece on a plate.
Rice, cheese, corn, beans & jalapenos casserole piece on a plate.

This easy gluten-free & healthy Vegetarian Mexican Rice and Bean Casserole is full of veggies, brown rice and topped with melty cheddar cheese goodness.

This would also make a tasty vacation breakfast meal too.

Get the recipe: Vegetarian Rice & Bean Casserole

15. Pork Tamale Casserole

Layers of prok tamale casserole with masa dough & pork roast & jalapenos.
Photo & recipe by 24 Bite

Authentic pork tamales, without the work of rolling them in the corn husk, sign me up!

This is making my mouth water right now. This recipe does take a bit of time with the roasting the pork , and making the masa dough & red sauce, but you’ll be happy you did.

Get the recipe: Pork Tamale Casserole

16. South African Bobotie

Scalloped round dish of South African ground beef Bobotie.
Photo & recipe by The Cinnamon Jar

South African Bobotie is a flavourful beef or lamb curry pie, fancy enough for a Thanksgiving dinner but easy enough for a weeknight meal.

It usually is made with spiced minced lamb or beef, mixed with dried fruit, such as raisins or apricots, chutney and curry powder. Then topped with a savoury egg topping.

A fun take on beef casseroles.

Get the recipe: South African Bobotie

17. Easy Sloppy Joe Beef Casserole Recipe

Sloppy Joe Casserole topped with biscuits in an oval dish.
Photo & recipe by Kim Schob

Grab a fork for this instant family favorite Sloppy Joe Casserole. Bursting with flavour, there’s ground beef, sloppy joe mix and rotini pasta topped with diced biscuits.

Versatile, just add whatever veggies you like.

Get the recipe: Easy Sloppy Joe Beef Casserole

18. Pastel Azteca (Mexican Chicken Casserole)

Creamy chicken, tomato, tortilla Mexican casserole
Photo & recipe by Vintage Kitchen Notes

Have some leftover chicken that needs a delicious recipe? Then this Pastel Azteca is for you.

Layers of tortillas, corn, chicken, and tomatoes in a slightly spicy & creamy sauce. 

Get the recipe: Pastel Azteca

19. Baked Pumpkin Pasta With Zucchini

Pumpkin, zucchini cheese pasta bake in a rectangle casserole pan.
Photo & recipe by The Pasta Project

Enjoy Italy’s love of seasonal ingredients with this roasted Pumpkin & Zucchini Pasta Bake. Top it off with freshly grated Parmesan, and breadcrumbs for a savoury taste of fall.

20. No Boil Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Plate of peppers casserole with rice, cheese and tomatoes, with a a corner of casserole pan.
Photo & recipe by Piper Cooks

All the taste of stuffed peppers, but deconstructed into a casserole. This vegetarian version is stuffed full of beans, fluffy rice, peppers, cheese, tomatoes and herbs.

Get the recipe: No Boil Stuffed Pepper Casserole

21. Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

Plate of chicken, rice and peas noodle casserole.
Photo & recipe by The Slow Roasted Italian


Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole is comfort food at its best. It’s a classic comforting casserole with cream of chicken soup, rotisserie chicken (or pre-cooked), noodles & veggies.  

Plus  it’s easy to prep, and versatile to whatever you have in your fridge or pantry. My kids always ask for seconds. 

This would make an amazing make ahead road trip meal too.

Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole

22. Creamy Jalapeno Poppers Chicken Casserole with Bacon

Plate of penne pasta with creamy chicken, tomatoes, bacon, and jalapenos.
Photo & recipe by Thriving in Parenting

All the flavors of cream cheese jalapeño poppers in a delicious full meal chicken casserole.

I love how you can just throw everything into one dish, and have a tasty meal in no time.

Get the recipe: Creamy Jalapeno Poppers Chicken Casserole with Bacon

23. Cheesy Baked Italian Sausage Pasta

Casserole dish with cheesy ricotta, sausage bake with a sppoonful of casserole over it.
Photo & recipe by Mae’s Menu

Satisfy your craving for a hearty homemade pasta casserole, with these cheesy baked Italian sausage, ricotta & eggplant casserole.

I like to make a casserole like this when I’m craving a hearty pasta meal, that the kids will eat.

Get the recipe: Cheesy Baked Italian Sausage Pasta

24. Cauliflower Chicken Casserole

Wooden spoonful of chicken cauliflower casserole over a casserole dish.

Tender chicken pieces go so well with the steamed cauliflower in a cheese sauce. So filling, and nutritious, no canned soup needed.

An easy and tasty way to use up leftover chicken and veggies.

Get the recipe: Chicken Cauliflower Casserole

25. Lazy Pierogi Casserole With Egg Noodles

Small round dish  of pierogi casserole with egg noodles, cabbage and a dollop of sour cream .
Photo & recipe by An Edible Mosaic

We often eat pierogis in our household, and this deconstructed Pierogi meal has all the things we love about them in a casserole form.

The added sweetness of apple & a touch of maple syrup is a unique spin on this hearty  hearty vegetarian casserole. 

Get the recipe: Lazy Pierogi Casserole

26. Leftover Ham Casserole

Bowl and casserole dish with egnoodle & leftover ham casserole.
Photo & recipe by All Things Mama

Around the holiday season we find there’s always leftover ham in the fridge that needs eating. The Leftover Ham Casserole is perfect for this, as it can stretch a meal out in a budget friendly & tasty way.  

I’ve also tried a similar recipe with leftover turkey, and it turned out to be a hearty comforting meal too!

But you don’t have to wait for a holiday to enjoy this delicious, kid-friendly meal.

Get the recipe: Leftover Ham Casserole

27. Cowboy Cornbread Casserole

Photo & recipe by The Cookin’ Chicks

Cowboy Cornbread Casserole is the ideal comfort food for busy weeknights. A flavourful mix of seasoned ground beef, corn, and pinto beans, is topped with a fluffy cornbread.

It’s made with popular ingredients, making it a cheap and easy casserole recipe to pull out often.

Get the recipe: Cowboy Cornbread Casserole

28. Easy Enchilada Beef Casserole

Plate with a piece of beef enchilada casserole with avocado pieces on top.
Photo & recipe by Chew out Loud

A foolproof Easy Enchilada Casserole with the bold flavors of enchilada sauce, layered with tortillas, ground beef, refried beans, cheese and salsa.

Even picky eaters will love this homemade meal. 

Get the recipe: Easy Enchilada Casserole

29. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Casserole dish with loaded mashed potato casserole topped iwht bacon & green onoins.
Photo & recipe by On My Kid’s Plate

Rich, cheesy, and full of flavor, this loaded mashed potato casserole is the ultimate side dish. Simple to make, this gooey casserole is comforting and sure to be a new (or old) family favorite.

Get the recipe: Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

30. Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Wooden spoonful of Philly Cheesesteak Casserole with mushrooms.
Photo & recipe by The Forked Spoon

This creamy, keto friendly, low-carb Philly Cheesesteak Casserole is is perfect for dinner or as a fun party snack.

Packed with all the traditional flavors of a Philly cheesesteak sandwich, it includes thin slices of sirloin steak, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and three kinds of cheese.

Get the recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Final Thoughts: Easy Dinner Casseroles

Our ultimate list of simple dinner casseroles highllights some of the easiest & delicious recipes perfect for any occasion. From hearty casseroles cooked to a golden brown, to quick casseroles that save time on those busy days, these dishes are designed to make family dinners enjoyable and stress-free.

Whether you’re looking for a weeknight dinner or a dish to impress at your next gathering, these recipes are the answer.

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