25+ Healthy and Tasty Casserole Recipes
Eating a healthier diet and incorporating more nutrient-rich foods like veggies and whole grains doesn't have to mean sacrificing the ultimate comfort food meal: the casserole. Flavorful, satisfying, and lower in fat and calories, these delicious casserole recipes are just what the dietician ordered. From a reduced-sugar sweet potato casserole to twists on classic King Ranch chicken, you're sure to find a new casserole or two to add to your favorite recipe rotation.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Make a hearty, healthy Mexican casserole the whole family will enjoy. Substitute ground turkey and chicken broth instead of beef, if desired.
Salmon and Potato Casserole
Cheesy Squash Casserole
Enjoy all the flavor of savory squash casserole without the guilt! Reviewer Kim writes, "We used this in place of my mother's classic squash casserole for Christmas dinner and it was excellent! Tasted very similar to her much higher-fat recipe, and even she had to admit that it was very good."
Sausage and Bean Casserole
Mom's Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
A traditional creamy chicken casserole can have more than 800 calories per serving! Try our lightened up version that offers great flavor without all the calories.
Lower-Sugar Sweet Potato Casserole
Our delicious casserole has 5 fewer teaspoons (20g) of added sugar per serving than traditional versions.
Chicken and Rice Casserole
Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Our Spaghetti Squash Casserole has all the goodness of a cheesy pasta bake, and the absence of pasta makes room for lots of nutrients. The beef, marinara sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan keep that classic casserole taste intact, while the squash “noodles” hold up nicely and don’t water out. The flavors keep this family-friendly, but it’s especially great for anyone trying to avoid gluten.
Ground Beef and Pasta Casserole
This casserole is perfect for your busy week when getting in and out of the kitchen needs to be a snap. With very simple prep work, it will become a weeknight staple in your household.
Light King Ranch Chicken Casserole
This cheesy pasta bake sneaks in fresh spinach for extra nutritional value. Want to cut calories further? Make sure to use lean ground beef and swap in reduced-fat cheese and sour cream. To make ahead, bake as directed, cover, and freeze. Let thaw overnight in refrigerator. Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes.
Black Bean and Chicken Casserole
This simple Black Bean and Chicken Casserole uses a slow cooker, canned beans and rotisserie chicken to make a super-convenient family meal.
Our eggplant lasagna is a delicious, crowd-pleasing dinner that results from swapping traditional lasagna noodles for slabs of fresh eggplant. Besides being a great gluten-free and low-carb alternative to classic lasagna, this comforting casserole is the perfect way to put a load of summer eggplant to good use.
Hearty Tex-Mex Squash-Chicken Casserole
One-Pot Cheesy Pasta Bake
This easy skillet pasta bake is a surefire family hit. Pasta and meat sauce topped with mozzarella cheese will make everyone at the table happy, and the all-in-one-pot technique will have the cook smiling pretty. Cooking the pasta in the meat sauce not only lessens the amount of dishes you have to do and the time it takes to get dinner done, but the starches in the pasta thicken the sauce—without you having to do a single extra thing.
College Chicken Casserole
This ultra-satisfying casserole calls for low-sodium chicken broth, low-fat milk and light butter to cut calories and fat without sacrificing any comforting flavor.
Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole
This south-of-the-border-inspired chicken casserole features salsa verde, chopped green chiles, and nutrition-packed avocados. A squeeze of lime, fresh cilantro, and lightened cream of chicken soup and sour cream makes this casserole just as flavorful as it is easy on the waistline.
Tomato 'n' Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust
If it's hard to get your kids to eat their vegetables, try this ooey-gooy beef casserole featuring sliced zucchini for an extra dose of nutrients.
Mexican Chicken Casserole with Charred Tomato Salsa
Instead of the usual jarred salsa often called for in Mexican casserole, this recipe features a homemade salsa made with charred tomatoes that are mixed with cilantro and fresh lime juice. Charring the tomatoes gives a rich flavor to the salsa, which is a good match for this chicken-and-veggie-packed dish.
Beefy Baked Ravioli with Spinach and Cheese
Everyone will be excited to dig into this comforting skillet supper. Look for ravioli in the refrigerated section—our Test Kitchen prefers Buitoni brand. Substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef, or replace the spinach with Swiss chard leaves.
Creamy Chicken-and-Rice Casserole
Pasta Bake Florentine
Not only is this baked pasta delicious, but the variety of vegetables makes it colorful and appealing as well.
King Ranch Chicken and Quinoa Casserole
This ain't your mama's chicken casserole. The comfort food classic gets a modern, nutrient-dense makeover with the addition of quinoa. Beyond being warm, cheesy, and generally delightful, this flavor-packed casserole is loaded with protein and is sure to become a new family favorite.
Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Casserole
Our Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Casserole is all the proof you need that cauliflower can be comforting. It’s definitely creamy, thanks to multiple types of cheese, but still has a good bite from the cauliflower rice’s texture. You can make your own cauliflower rice by pulsing the florets and stem in a food processor, or you can buy it fresh or frozen at most grocery stores. Dry your chicken skin and brown it before placing the dish in the oven and cook it skin-side up for the crispiest skin possible. Serve with green beans, asparagus, or another spring vegetable.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Low-fat sour cream, egg whites, and low-fat milk help keep the fat and calories under control in this hearty and flavorful casserole.
Aunt Liz's Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
This chicken spaghetti casserole is low in calories and can easily be made ahead. The recipe makes two casseroles so enjoy one for dinner and freeze the other for later. To prepare the frozen casserole, cover and bake for 55 minutes at 350°; uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until hot and bubbly.