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.
September 29, 2010
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Green Chile-Chicken Casserole
Green Chile-Chicken Casserole Recipe 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.
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King Ranch Chicken Casserole
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Recipe 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.
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When we say easy, we mean easy. You don't even have to cook the noodles for this speedy yet impressive lasagna that always gets rave reviews. Lasagna is a family favorite, but this version is extra-special because it only requires 5 quick ingredients: ground beef, pasta sauce, lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, and shredded mozzarella (we don’t count the water!). It’s rated 5 stars for a reason. Pro tip: Make a double batch: Enjoy one now and freeze one for a quick meal on a busy weeknight.
A simple cornbread base is the secret to getting a hearty (usually time-consuming) Mexican dish on the dinner table in no time. This Chicken Tamale casserole is a quick and easy swap for more traditional tamales - but just as delicious!
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We preferred turkey pepperoni, so you don't get a greasy appearance. Freeze the unbaked casserole up to one month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.
Prepared in 40 minutes, this quick and easy make ahead dish is sure to make any weeknight or holiday gathering easier. This cheesy dish is similar to the potluck classic known as poppyseed chicken casserole, or Ritz cracker chicken casserole. For even more variations, experiment with adding your favorite veggies, substituting different cheeses, or swapping in low-fat sour cream to reduce the calorie load.
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.
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Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake
Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake Recipe Southwestern Chicken-Pasta Bake incorporates all the flavors from that region. This hearty baked dish is an excellent way to use leftover chicken, and it freezes well for future meals.
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Cajun Shrimp Casserole
Cajun Shrimp Casserole
Recipe 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 Recipe 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.
17 of 23Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Swiss Chard Spanakopita Casserole
Swiss Chard Spanakopita Casserole Recipe 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.
Sausage and Bean Casserole
Recipe 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.
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Mac and Texas Cheeses With Roasted Chiles
Mac and Texas Cheeses With Roasted Chiles Recipe 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.
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Curried-Chicken Potpie Recipe 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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Fast and easy, this classic dish is perfect for busy weeknight meals. Kidney beans adds a healthy dose of fiber, and using prepared mashed potatoes and salsa saves on prep time and clean-up.