28 Casseroles That Freeze Well and Make Meals a Breeze
Nothing says "family gathering" quite like a casserole that can feed a dozen people. But it doesn't have to be a holiday to enjoy these delicious dishes that you can make, freeze, reheat and eat whenever you want. According to the FDA, casseroles will keep anywhere from two to four months in the freezer. These 28 casseroles that freeze well and make dinner ridiculously easy will be a major lifesaver on busy nights.
1. Eggplant Parm Casserole
Picky eaters beware: There's nothing to complain about when it comes to this cheesy masterpiece. Kids can help with layering too. Don't forget the garlic bread.
2. Deep Dish Pizza Casserole
It's not delivery. It's a deliciously freezable deep-dish. To freeze this (or any uncooked casserole), wrap it in two snug layers of plastic, then a layer of foil. The same goes for cooked casseroles—just be sure to let it cool to room temperature before freezing it. Go meat-lover's style with crumbled sausage and pepperoni, or keep it light with olives and sliced bell peppers.
3. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Casserole
The coziest lunch of your childhood just got a makeover. And she looks good. Make eight grilled cheeses with plenty of butter, mozzarella and Boursin cheese. They'll get nice and cozy in the oven under a blanket of homemade tomato soup. We won't tell if you spring for the canned stuff.
4. Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
There's nothing a bowl of mac and cheese can't fix. Especially one loaded with white cheddar, Parmesan and panko bread crumbs. Swap cauliflower for broccoli, squash or Brussels sprouts to mix things up.
5. Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Taco Tuesday just got a bold new addition to the menu. Think black beans, corn, green chiles, seasoned chicken and all the jack and sour cream. All that's missing is tortilla chips and a margarita.
6. Creamy Vegan Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Bake
Calling all plant-based eaters. You won't miss the dairy in this one-pan bake, thanks to a luscious cashew cream made with lemon juice, garlic and nutritional yeast. Don't skimp on the pine-nut topping.
7. Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole
8. Teriyaki Chicken Casserole
Just like takeout, except you can eat it whenever you darn well please. The rice, veggies and meat all come together in the same dish with a killer homemade sauce you'll want to make triple batches of.
9. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Read: All of our favorite things in one dish. From the ranch seasoning to the creamy garlic Alfredo sauce, this dish is basically a warm hug on a plate. Sign us up.
10. Polenta Ragu Casserole
Tired of pasta? We've got you covered. Substitute noodles with hearty polenta, rich with butter and Parmesan. You won't believe how simple the homemade sauce is.
11. Shepherd’s Pie
You don't need to wait for St. Patrick's Day to whip up this soul-warming dish. It all starts with Guinness beef stew, made with ground beef, thyme and vegetables. But the mashed potato topping is where things really get crazy. Think butter, sour cream and—surprise—goat cheese. Don’t forget to label the dish with the date before storing.
12. Leek, Kale and Goat Cheese Strata
Strata is a baked dish similar to casserole that calls for eggs, bread and cheese. Cut your favorite loaf into cubes, combine with sautéed leeks and kale, add goat cheese and soak it all in a creamy custard. Once the custard is golden-brown, it's ready to devour.
13. Tuna Pasta Bake
This isn't your mom's tuna casserole. Canned tuna comes alive in a homemade garlic-herb tomato sauce. Add anything from capers to black olives to extra mozz to make it special.
14. Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots
Cremini mushrooms. Garlic. Thyme. White cheddar. Heavy cream. Drooling yet? Thin-sliced shallots and panko give you a nice crunch before you get to all that creamy goodness below. Keep it in your arsenal for Thanksgiving.
15. Five-Ingredient Italian Sausage and Baked Ziti
Pasta always gives us the warm-and-fuzzies. Use spicy sausage instead of mild, even if it's not what you usually go for. It'll make a world of difference in flavor since the dish has so few ingredients.
16. Spaghetti Squash Casserole
The best thing about this stringy gourd? It's so versatile that you can dress it up with just about anything. This recipe tries ground turkey, mozzarella and garlic on for size.
17. Baked Zucchini ‘Ziti’ Spirals with Mozzarella
Isn't she lovely? This lightened version of our favorite comfort food will totally satisfy your craving for sauce and cheese without weighing you down with carbs. That calls for a second plate in our book.
18. Kale and Wild Rice Casserole
Caramelized mushrooms, heavy cream and Gruyère make this beyond decadent. Not a big kale fan? Substitute spinach. You can also swap cream for canned full-fat coconut milk.
20. Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa
There's nothing like lemony, buttery seafood, especially if it takes you less than an hour to make. We're defrosting this and heading straight for the patio with a glass of vino. If you have time, let it thaw in the fridge overnight before baking. If not, cover it with foil and put it in the oven straight from the freezer. Then preheat the oven so it can thaw slowly as the oven heats up. Take the foil off for the last few minutes of baking.
21. Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole
It doesn't get any easier than veggies, grains and protein all in a single dish. Plus, you likely have everything you need already in your kitchen. Bacon is *technically* optional, but we're going ham with it. (See what we did there?)
22. Green Bean Casserole With Onion Rings
Your kids will be psyched to see onion rings on the dinner table. Don't feel guilty, though. They're the topper for homemade mushroom sauce and a ton of fresh green beans.
23. Ravioli Lasagna
Meet your new go-to dinner. Layer this beauty with your favorite ravioli, whether it's stuffed with meat, mushrooms or cheese. With all that gooey marinara, mozz and ricotta, this one's a sure win. If you only want to eat one serving at a time, freeze it portioned out for easy thawing.
24. Tater Tot Casserole
It doesn't get more kid-friendly than a heap of tater tots combined with ground beef and cheddar cheese. Add a can of cream of mushroom soup and it'll be irresistible to even the most finicky of eaters.
25. Spinach Artichoke Egg Casserole
We're inviting everyone's favorite dip to breakfast. Artichoke hearts give it a briny kick between layers of creamy mozzarella and Parmesan. Make it ahead so it's ready for Sunday brunch.
26. Tuna Green Chile Zucchini Casserole
This is a far cry from the bleak tuna casserole of your youth. We didn't think it was possible, but zucchini ribbons and tart green chiles actually make this dish, dare we say, pretty. It's also paleo- and Whole 30-friendly.
27. Chicken Parmesan Casserole
This cozy mainstay never gets old. We're gaga for the crispy bread-crumb topping, made with panko, butter, garlic powder, Parmesan and butter. Who wants seconds?
28. Peanut Butter Lasagna
We don't skip dessert. Ever. And it's great to have a frozen option on hand for a million reasons, whether it's an impromptu picnic or a bad day. Now, make with the chocolate syrup, stat.