10 Tastiest Main Dish Casseroles

When feeding a crowd or fixing a no-fuss supper, nothing's more satisfying than a cheesy, crumb-topped casserole. These popular recipes will make you want to scrape the pan clean.

  • Green Chile-Chicken Casserole
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Green Chile-Chicken Casserole

    Easier to make than rolling enchiladas but just as satisfying, this popular dish is New Mexican comfort food at its best: little bit spicy, a little bit creamy, and a lot filling. Take it to a potluck or team dinner then sit back and wait for the raves.
  • King Ranch Chicken Casserole
    William Dickey; Melanie Clarke

    King Ranch Chicken Casserole

    There's a reason why recipes for this Texan favorite abound. It travels well, feeds a crowd, and results in delicious leftovers. This version keeps the convenience of using canned soups, but gets its oomph from the addition of oregano, cumin, and chili powder.
  • Cajun Shrimp Casserole

    Cajun Shrimp Casserole

    If it were possible to put Mardi Gras in a casserole dish, this would be it. The seasoned shrimp-and-rice mixture is full of bayou flavor, while the colorful confetti of red, green, and yellow peppers make this a festive dish for a party.
  • Zucchini Casserole with Red-Pepper Aioli
    Randy Mayor; Mary Catherine Muir

    Zucchini Casserole with Red-Pepper Aioli

    Layer herbed vegetables with cheese and slices of Italian bread, then let an hour in the oven transform the dish into a hearty, satisfying stew. Don't skip the aioli. Seasoned with garlic and roasted, bottled red peppers, this coral-pink sauce adds a kick of color and flavor.
  • Swiss Chard Spanakopita Casserole
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Swiss Chard Spanakopita Casserole

    Sandwiching a savory filling of chard and two types of cheese between pan-sized sheets of phyllo pastry is much less work than wrapping individual pastries, but it tastes just as good as the traditional Greek version. Fresh parsley and mint add a delightful brightness.
  • Baked Rigatoni with Ricotta and Collard Greens
    Jim Franco

    Baked Rigatoni with Ricotta and Collard Greens

    Earthy collard greens are a welcome addition to this creamy, cheesy dish. A truly satisfying meatless casserole, it works equally well as a main dish or side.
  • Baked Polenta with Sausage and Tomato-Pepper Sauce
    Iain Bagwell

    Baked Polenta with Sausage and Tomato-Pepper Sauce

    Tubes of prepared polenta make this casserole a snap to prepare. Its robust topping of onions, peppers, and Italian sausage might tempt you to drape your dinner table in red-checked cloth and blast Puccini from your speakers.
  • Sausage and Bean Casserole
    Randy Mayor; Katie Stoddard

    Sausage and Bean Casserole

    A traditional French cassoulet is a sumptuous, soul-warming symphony of tender beans, sausage, duck legs, and pork. But assembling the dish can take more than four hours. This simplified casserole relies on the same delicious marriage of beans and sausage, but the whole thing can be on the table in less than 45 minutes.
  • Mac and Texas Cheeses With Roasted Chiles

    Mac and Texas Cheeses With Roasted Chiles

    This all-time favorite Southern side dish is transformed into a larger-than-life main dish, Texas style, with the addition of roasted poblano chile peppers. It's definitely big and rich enough to be the main course with whipping cream, butter, and three different kinds of cheese.
  • Curried-Chicken Potpie
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Curried-Chicken Potpie

    All you love about chicken pot pie is right here: a flaky crust, tender chunks of chicken, and a creamy, veggie-packed filling. But the addition of curry takes this ultimate comfort food casserole to a whole new level of flavor.
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