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.
28 Casseroles That Freeze Well and Make Meals a Breeze
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.