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While there is no strict definition of what officially makes a dish a “casserole,” it is generally understood to be a combination of ingredients baked in the oven in the type of dish for which it is named (“casserole” is actually the French word for pan or saucepan). Regardless of the specifics, everyone will agree that casseroles can be an easy and delicious way to get a meal on the table when you don’t have much time to dedicate to cooking; whether you make a casserole ahead of time and have it in the freezer, ready to be baked on a busy night, or you choose a recipe that takes advantage of leftovers or premade ingredients, casseroles can be weeknight time savers. And, with the arrival of back-to-school and cooler temperatures, fall is a great time to get baking.

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Some casseroles are especially convenient because they are essentially one-dish meals. By combining all the ingredients needed to make a well-rounded meal into a casserole dish, you reduce both the amount of time needed to prepare the meal and the number of dirty dishes created. Less prep time and less cleanup means more time to focus on things besides cooking.

And, casseroles can often be made in advance and stored in the freezer. In general, any casserole can be frozen before it’s baked; those that call for a crumb topping should be prepared and frozen without the topping (it should be added immediately before baking the casserole). Freezing a casserole can alter the texture of certain ingredients like rice or pasta so it’s important to make sure that your casserole is cool before you freeze it; this helps eliminate excess water, which can damage the texture of starchy ingredients.

Try any—or all!—of these eight delicious fall casseroles. They’re reliable and really, really delicious.

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Whether you’re planning brunch or are in search of a starchy side dish for dinner, this super easy casserole made with frozen shredded hash browns is a must-try. It calls for eight strips of cooked, crumbled bacon, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute cooked sausage or ham.
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This is truly one of the easiest casseroles you can make; after combining lots of flavorful Tex-Mex ingredients like tortilla chips, green chili peppers, and sour cream, top the casserole with shredded cheese and bake until bubbly and delicious.
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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

30 Fall Casseroles That Will Give You All The Cozy Feelings

When the temperatures drop, let these dishes of bubbling goodness warm you up.

Put those stuffing leftovers to good use!

Chili & cornbread in every bite!

It's all about the upper crust.

Brussels sprouts just became your new favorite vegetable.

This noodle bake is made with noodles, seasoned Brussels sprouts, crispy shallots, our BFF bacon, and of course, it's all held together with cheese (what else?).

Casseroles You Can Proudly Serve to Guests

This take on crowd-pleasing baked ziti (which actually calls for penne) is plenty cheesy, thanks to a mixture of Fontina, blue cheese, Pecorino Romano and Parmesan. But instead of a tomato-based sauce, the dish relies on two unexpected ingredients: roasted butternut squash and sage. They lend depth you don't usually find with acidic (read tomato-y) sauces.

It's rare to find classic Asian ingredients in a casserole, yet they come together just as beautifully in the oven as they do in a more traditional stove-top method of cooking. This flavorful dish starts with a layer of cooked brown rice. Next comes a tasty combination of sautéed Swiss chard, onion and ginger, mixed with coconut milk, soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil. On top of that, you crack eggs and bake until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny when they come out of the oven, the bright yellow will look stunning against the greens. You can make this in one large casserole dish or in individual ramekins for a more elegant presentation.

Comforting Casserole Recipes

Warm, hearty and comforting: There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned casserole. Whether you’re craving a classic like tuna noodle or looking for a recipe with a twist (like mini spinach and artichoke chicken casseroles), these recipes are sure to satisfy.

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Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Chicken Ramen Casserole

Low maintenance and packed with flavor, this creamy casserole transforms dorm-friendly ramen noodles into a satisfying casserole for a crowd.

Beef and Cheddar Casserole

Try a new take on the casserole &mdash a standby one-dish dinner. This one combines hearty ground beef with cheddar and egg noodles.

Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole with Cauliflower

With just a little day-before prep work, this creamy casserole comes together quickly with mushrooms, poached chicken and cauliflower.

Bagel Breakfast Casserole

This dish has everything you love about a traditional bagel breakfast sandwich, but it's all baked into a casserole that can be made the night before.

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tomato Vegetable Casserole

Giada's colorful veggie casserole, full of potatoes, yams, bell pepper and zucchini, would be excellent alongside grilled steak. Thanks to the crusty Parmesan-breadcrumb topping, it's filling enough to serve as a vegetarian main course, too.

Spaghetti-and-Meatballs Casserole

Eat spaghetti and meatballs by the slice instead of the bowl. Each slab of this kid-friendly casserole has tiny meatballs and pockets of gooey cheese. Add slices of leftover cooked Italian sausage if you have it.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower just got loaded &mdash like a baked potato, that is. All the familiar flavors of your favorite stuffed spud are in this cheesy casserole that is low in carbs and high in flavor.

Chicken Tortilla Dump Dinner

All your favorite Tex-Mex flavors in a comforting casserole that's fast and easy to throw together.

Tuna Noodle Dump Dinner

This creamy tuna-noodle dump dinner is made entirely in one baking dish, egg noodles included. It tastes just like the casserole you grew up eating but requires less equipment (and cleanup). Instead of using the classic cream of mushroom soup, we opted for a combination of cheese, broth, heavy cream and sour cream, which provides the same velvety texture.

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Casseroles

Creamy, cozy and oh-so-delicious, Molly&rsquos casserole is the ultimate make-ahead meal. She stores her casserole in the freezer and pops it in the oven for just 30 minutes when she needs a heat-and-eat dinner.

Alfredo Shrimp Scampi Dump Dinner

Just dump a box of pasta, bag of shrimp and a few other pantry staples into a dish and bake. Right before serving, stir in the heavy cream and top with grated cheese and fresh parsley for a rich and creamy weeknight dinner in a flash.

Copycat Hash Brown Casserole

This copycat hash brown casserole is an incredibly comforting side dish you'll want to make for both breakfast spreads and dinner parties alike. We opted to ditch the canned creamed soup and make a homemade cheese sauce instead. The result is a homey rendition of the classic Cracker Barrel dish.

Best Ever Green Bean Casserole

A classic made modern and fresh, Alton ditches the traditional cream of mushroom soup and canned green beans, instead using real mushrooms, half-and-half and fresh green beans.

Coconut-Almond French Toast Casserole

Broccoli and Orzo Casserole

We love creamy Havarti cheese for this comforting casserole. The mild Danish cheese is widely available in different flavors &mdash try dill or caraway for extra punch.

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Instead of filling each individual potato skin, Ree reinvents cheesy, bacon-laced twice baked potatoes as a comforting casserole.

Classic Italian Lasagna

Tackle Giada's traditional lasagna by making each of the separate components before layering.

Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust

For this cozy feast, the chicken will do double duty: once with the meat in the filling and once with the bones to enrich some store-bought broth. And that cheddar crust? Totally worth making from scratch.

Sloppy Joe and Macaroni Casserole

Make-Ahead Paella Casserole

Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Black Bean Lasagna

Trisha's veggie lasagna is anything but boring. Black beans, tofu ricotta and fire-roasted tomatoes make for a comforting, flavorful meal that's vegetarian and dairy-free.

Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Dump Dinner

Skip cooking a big pot of rice and throw the ingredients into a casserole dish instead for an easy dump-dinner meal. The basmati rice and chickpeas absorb all the delicious flavors of ginger, garlic, curry powder and coconut milk. Finish with a quick drizzle of yogurt along with fresh cilantro leaves and lime wedges for a simple and complete meal.

Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

We nicknamed this the "broken enchilada" casserole because the soft layer of cooked tortilla chips on the bottom reminded us of enchiladas. The best part? This dish is so much easier to make!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Make this crowd-pleasing favorite the classic way: with buttery mashed sweet potatoes and a crunchy pecan topping.

Breakfast Sausage Casserole

Trisha&rsquos make-ahead sausage casserole is just as good for dinner as it is for breakfast. Use sage sausage for fragrant, herby results.

Baked Spaghetti

Roast Chicken Enchilada Suizas Stacked Casserole

Rachael's enchilada sauce with poblano peppers, tomatillos and cumin has just the right amount of heat and all the cheesy goodness you crave.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Grilled Cheese-and-Tomato Casserole

If tomato soup and grilled cheese is your go-to comfort food, then we have the casserole for you. Using the broiler instead of the stovetop makes the work of grilling the bread and cheese easier-try it method when you're cooking sandwiches for a crowd.

Spinach Lasagna With Mushroom Ragu

Corn and Crab Chowder Pot Pies

A single-serving mash up of cozy chowder and hearty pot pie, this casserole is sure to please.

Lumberjack Breakfast Casserole

Get all your favorite breakfast foods in one bite! And change up the cheese if you want &mdash try Pepper Jack for a little spice.

Chocolate-Banana Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Have bananas with your flapjacks. Oh, and chocolate, too. Add a few sliced strawberries or a handful of raspberries for an extra pop of flavor and color!

Baked Bean Casserole

Trisha mixes pork, beans and barbecue sauce in this simple casserole that easily serves a crowd.

Skillet Spaghetti Casserole

Nestle cooked spaghetti into an egg mixture in a skillet, then top it with a layer of mozzarella and Parmesan.

Butternut, Bacon and Apple Hotdish

As Molly says, this dish is &ldquolike sweater weather in food form.&rdquo She whips up a homemade biscuit dough to bake on top of her bacon, apple and butternut squash casserole.

Pierogi Casserole

Skip the store-bought pierogi and make Michael&rsquos five-star casserole instead. He layers a homemade pasta dough with mashed potatoes, caramelized onions, bacon and cheese for the ultimate comfort dish.

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Sausage Casserole

If you love an all-American breakfast with hash browns, eggs, sausage and peppers, then this is the recipe for you! Besides being downright delicious, the cheesy casserole can cook overnight. Assemble all the ingredients in your slow cooker, set it on low and wake up to a hearty meal that's ready first thing in the morning for hungry houseguests.

Meatball and Polenta Casserole

A simple green salad is the only side needed for Ree&rsquos meaty and cheesy casserole.

Cornbread Chili Casserole

&ldquoThis dish is perfect for a crowd, and it&rsquos just as good with ground turkey or chicken,&rdquo says Trisha.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

&ldquoA bag of frozen tots lays the foundation for this hearty, cheesy winner of a breakfast casserole,&rdquo says Ree.

Arizona doesn’t necessarily have fall weather, but that doesn’t stop me from busting out my sweaters and bringing out my warm Autumn recipes. Over the years I’ve noticed that cooking in the fall changes just a bit from cooking in the summer.

  • Some of my favorite produce appears in the fall such as apples, pumpkins, mushroom, kale, squash, pears, carrots and beets.
  • Outdoor grilling ends for the season and oven roasting begins.
  • Crock pots are also utilized slowly filling the house with delicious aromas making my mouth water in anticipation.
  • Soup! Not only are they easy to whip up, but they’re filling and warm you right up on a chilly autumn day.

All of the recipes above have been made, tasted and tested for my site. I love knowing I’m providing recipes for your family that I love myself. Along with the recipes you’ll find tips and tricks such as make ahead information, variations, cooking tips and storage info. Happy Cooking!

Comforting Casseroles for Crisp Autumn Nights

A four-cheese mac 'n' cheese sounds delicious enough—but add cubes of roasted butternut squash and woodsy sage, and you've entered the realm of outrageously good dinner. While the squash cooks, you can grate the cheeses: a perfect combination of mild and slightly sweet fontina, sharp and salty blue cheese, tangy Pecorino Romano and almost fruity Parmesan.

With all the spaghetti squash harvested in early fall, now's the time to make this healthy reinvention of a classic. The recipe is innovative and wildly delicious, swapping in the delicious squash for the pasta, and a creamy cashew sauce for the cheese. It also has you add cremini mushrooms for a bit more heft (in addition to the tuna), and crushed pork rinds on top for a salty, crispy crust.

This simple quinoa bake is packed with vibrant fall produce yet delivers a warm, comfort-food vibe. You cook quinoa in vegetable broth to give the seeds rich flavor, and the dish gets a subtly sweet, earthy taste from roasted butternut squash and mushrooms. Dark green kale brings even more nutrition and a burst of color.

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Too often, meatless lasagna includes a jumble of lumpy, bland-tasting vegetables. Not this bright dish, though. The wonder ingredient is pumpkin—which tastes rich and melds seamlessly with the pasta and cheese. You just mix canned pumpkin puree with flavorings that are both familiar (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove) and unexpected (sautéed garlic) and then, spread the mixture into a dish with the noodles, ricotta and mozzarella cheese.

When supermarket display bins are overflowing with copper-fleshed sweet potatoes, turn to this easy, make-ahead recipe. It combines the versatile tuber (which adds a gorgeous hue) with sautéed chicken breasts seasoned with sage and thyme, onion and bacon, plus a creamy white sauce. (And if you can find sweet potatoes that are actually labeled "yams," use them they have the darker skin and richer-colored flesh that are perfect for this meal.)

These potpies, made with a hearty mix of mushrooms, barley and white beans, are just as delicious as the traditional chicken version—but won't leave guests in a food coma. You top each one with phyllo dough it's a quicker, flakier and lighter alternative to the usual butter-heavy dough. And while most mushrooms are available year-round, many are at their peak in fall and winter.

Lazy cooks, rejoice: Baking risotto in the oven instead of cooking it on the stovetop is totally doable, as this simple recipe, from Sunday Casseroles, shows. It ends up more tender and less al dente, but no less delicious. With roasted butternut squash, grated Parmigiano cheese and fresh sage, it's a wonderful one-dish meal you can make without the need for constant stirring and monitoring.

We love shaved Brussels sprouts salad as much as anyone, but on a chilly night, a salad has nothing on a casserole. Enter this brown-rice bake, which incorporates cooked onion and Brussels sprouts with white wine, chicken stock, apples and thyme, as well as a smattering of cheddar and slivered almonds. It has the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

This take on crowd-pleasing baked ziti (which actually calls for penne) is plenty cheesy, thanks to a mixture of Fontina, blue cheese, Pecorino Romano and Parmesan. But instead of a tomato-based sauce, the dish relies on two surprise ingredients: roasted butternut squash and sage. They lend depth you don't usually find with acidic (read tomato-y) sauces.

7 Healthy Casserole Dinner Recipes to Make This Week

Let’s welcome fall with this 7 Healthy Casserole Dinner Recipes you can make during the week because they are so easy and quick to make.

Now that fall is official here why not welcome this season with delicious and healthy casserole recipes? I don’t know any better way to celebrate autumn than that. When the temperatures drop, we all like to go to the kitchen and prepare casserole dishes that warm our home up, right? Not to mention, these Healthy Casserole Dinner Recipes make our homes smell so good!

These recipes are also excellent options for your busy week because all you need is one casserole, making clean up easy! Also I chose healthy recipes for you because I believe we can still eat healthy even though summer ended. I know we all crave comfort foods in the cold weather, but why not to make healthy casserole recipes that are lighter than the traditional ones? So, let’s take a look at these delicious Healthy Casserole Dinner Recipes and enjoy each bit!

Roasted Lemon Chicken Legs – This recipes is great with some rice or quinoa or some green salad, making a complete gluten-free and paleo meal.

Baked Potato with Lemon Shrimp – Amazing recipe for your dinner weeknight because it’s super easy to make.

Skinny Lasagna Rolls – This is a skinny version of the traditional lasagna recipe, but it is as tasty as the other ones.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie – Want to cut the white potatoes out of your diet? This recipe is perfect for you. It’s also gluten-free, paleo and low-carb!

Zucchini Casserole Recipe – This gluten-free and low-carb casserole is loaded with ricotta, zucchini and homemade tomato sauce! Easy and quick to make too!

Rosemary Lemon Roasted Chicken Breasts – This is flavourful recipe is made with fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and garlic. It’s also delicious with rice, quinoa, or some salad.

Sweet Potato Zucchini Casserole – This is ready in less than 30 mins and it’s also gluten-free and low-carb!

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54 Easy and Healthy Casserole Recipes

Healthy eating can be easy with these light, family-sized meals that are both delicious and satisfying.

Lean beef, topped with crispy potato rounds, makes for a healthy but filling dinner.

This garlicky shrimp bake, topped with mozzarella cheese, is surprisingly light.

This buttery egg bake will have everyone asking for the recipe.

Made with sweet potatoes, maple syrup, lemon juice, pecans, and hints of vanilla and cayenne, this flavorful casserole will become a fast favorite.

This tasty casserole uses pressure-cooked chicken breasts for the main ingredient.

Adding sweet potato to the traditional mashed potato topping turns up the volume in this classic English dish, which features lean ground beef, Hunter sauce mix, dried thyme and tomato paste.

This one-skillet vegetarian dinner is a perfect weeknight meal with quick prep and clean-up time.

Packed with kale and chicken&mdasha great source of nutrients and lean protein, and tasty cheeses&mdashthis dish is both healthy and rich in flavor.

This homey casserole is an instant mood booster on cold days, filled with Italian sausage, cannellini beans, vegetables and bread crumbs in a tomato-based sauce with white wine.

The amazing combination of flavors will make this recipe a winter-weather staple on your dinner table. You won't be able to resist the dish's cheesy goodness!

Wholesome and filling, plus it's so easy to make&mdashthis dish is a win-win.

Ever been to a party where the golden, bubbly spinach-artichoke dip wasn't the first to go? Didn't think so. Expect the same when serving this dish, which takes the idea even further by mixing in short pasta.

Coming in at less than 250 calories a slice, this dish only tastes like a treat.

Even picky-eaters (like your kiddos or hubby) will love this cheesy and low-carb meal.

Put a deconstructed spin on burger and fries with this homey combination of sweet barbecue beef and mashed potatoes. For extra flavor, spice up the meat mixture with 1 tsp of ancho or chipotle chili powder.

73 Easy Casserole Recipes That We Keep Coming Back To

Casserole recipes are one of the many reasons we look forward to cooler weather. First of all, they're delicious: creamy, savory, and luscious, often with a crackly-crispy top. And even better, casseroles are a great way to cut down on dishes to wash (at a time when you're really tired of doing dishes), because they're served in the same dish you cook them in. Easy casseroles were made for busy weeknights when you want a lot of flavor without a lot of fuss.

It's no wonder that casseroles often become family favorites. Think lasagna, mac and cheese, pasta bakes, etc. They're the ultimate crowd pleasers, whether you're setting out a game-day spread or planning your weeknight family dinners.

Ahead, we've rounded up our favorites: 73 of the best casserole recipes we've got on Epicurious. Among them, you'll find breakfast casseroles (of both the sweet and savory variety), hearty mains for dinner, and lots of flavorful sides.