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Our Best Casserole and Hotdish Recipes

Warm up your table with these 30 hearty, satisfying meals from the oven.

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

You don't get much easier than this recipe from Jan Valdez of Chicago! Saute a few ingredients, stir in cream cheese to make a sauce, and dump it all over frozen pierogis in a casserole dish. (You don't even need to thaw the pierogis!) 

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

Cheeseburger-and-Fries Casserole

This might be the easiest casserole you ever make, with just four ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time. The recipe comes from an Elkader, Iowa, reader who entered it in the Midwest Living® "Heavenly Hotdish" contest. Kids of all ages will probably douse the stick-to-your-ribs meal with ketchup.

Cheeseburger-and-Fries Casserole

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

You don't get much easier than this recipe from Jan Valdez of Chicago! Saute a few ingredients, stir in cream cheese to make a sauce, and dump it all over frozen pierogis in a casserole dish. (You don't even need to thaw the pierogis!) 

Spinach-Mushroom-Sausage Pierogi Bake

Savory Shepherd's Pie

Cheesy mashed potatoes top a combination of meat and vegetables in this one-dish meal. Shepherd's pie originated as a way to use up the leftovers of a Sunday roast; you can try different types of meat in this pie to see which you like best.

Savory Shepherd's Pie

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Greek Pastitsio

Some call this dish (pronounced pah-STEET-see-oh) the Greek lasagna. Our version was inspired by the pastitsio served at a popular Detroit-area Greek restaurant. We use elbow macaroni and kasseri cheese (similar to provolone in flavor, but milder with a slight buttery taste). Just like lasagna, this dish is easier to serve if it stands about 10 minutes after baking.

Greek Pastitsio

Pizza in a Bowl

One of the winners in a Midwest Living potluck recipe contest, this recipe from a North Canton, Ohio, reader combines pizza toppings with macaroni, sprinkled on top with Parmesan and pepperoni.

Pizza in a Bowl

French Spaghetti

Layers of creamy white and tomato-mushroom sauces crown this meatless noodle dish. You can serve it with a salad as a main course or spoon out smaller portions as a side dish.

French Spaghetti

Mexican Mac and Cheese

Pair Mexican flavors with pasta for this comfort-food casserole that includes sausage, salsa and Monterey Jack cheese.

Mexican Mac and Cheese

Puffed-Up Pizza Casserole

This Italian-flavored dish was one of the winners in Midwest Living®'s "Heavenly Hotdish" contest. The recipe comes from a Maryland Heights, Missouri, reader, who says the casserole freezes and reheats well. Adjust the hot-pepper sauce to suit your taste.

Puffed-Up Pizza Casserole

Unforgettable Chicken Pie

This from-scratch deep-dish chicken casserole comes from a Caledonia, Michigan, reader. "It's not your run-of-the-mill chicken pie," says the reader, who adds a bit of pork sausage for farm-hearty flavor. "Anyone who tries it just can't get enough of it."

Unforgettable Chicken Pie

Hominy and Sausage Bake

Combine turkey or bison bratwurst, hominy and chopped potatoes for a hearty main dish casserole. Speed prep time by using canned hominy, if you like.

Hominy and Sausage Bake

Moussaka

Eggplant, tomato, Parmesan cheese and ground beef are the heart of this fresh-tasting, easy version of a Middle Eastern dish. Serve with a tossed salad and hot, crusty bread.

Moussaka

Macaroni and Cheese Perfection

Forget what you know about store-bought packages--this is REAL macaroni and cheese. The children of cheese-makers Shelley and Randy Krakenbuhl accepted nothing else while they were growing up above the Prima Kase cheese factory in Monticello, Wisconsin. Here's the family recipe for Macaroni and Cheese Perfection, which Shelley prepares using Prima Kase's Emmentaler cheese and some Parmesan.

Macaroni and Cheese Perfection

Patsy's Egg Casserole

Midwest Living Creative Director Geri Boesen credits her mother-in-law, Patsy, for creating this easy sausage-and-cheese brunch recipe, a popular food at family gatherings. "It's nice because you can make it the day ahead and put it in the fridge overnight," Geri says.

Patsy's Egg Casserole

Hash Brown Casserole

A crispy, savory crust of cheese, crushed cornflakes and butter tops a combination of ham, hash-brown potatoes, cubed cheese, condensed soup and sour cream. A potluck favorite!

Hash Brown Casserole

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Eight-Layer Casserole

A Waukegan, Illinois, reader contributed this homespun ground beef-and-noodle hotdish recipe. She said it is one of her favorites to take to church suppers. Make-ahead directions are included at the end of the recipe.

Eight-Layer Casserole

Chicken Alfredo and Rice Casserole

For a fast warm-up on a weeknight, put together this quick and easy version of classic chicken and rice casserole with refrigerated light pasta sauce, cubed cooked chicken and cooked rice.

Chicken Alfredo and Rice Casserole

Cheesy Brat Stew

This six-ingredient hotdish recipe from an Appleton, Wisconsin, reader features an all-star lineup of Wisconsin foods, including bratwurst, cheddar cheese and potatoes. "It's a quick, easy recipe," our reader says. "There's not much you can mess up."

Cheesy Brat Stew

Texas-Style Casserole

Patterned after a legendary Texas recipe, this irresistible main dish includes seasoned chicken stacked up with chili peppers, tortillas, sour cream sauce, and cheese.

Texas-Style Casserole

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Bake

Chicken breast and chopped broccoli combine with a soup-based cream sauce and noodles in this classic potluck dish. We've lightened the traditional recipe by using reduced-fat, reduced-sodium soup and fat-free sour cream, though you can substitute the full-fat versions if you prefer.

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Bake

Sausage-Wild Rice Casserole

Pork sausage and wild rice blend with onion, mushrooms and water chestnuts in an easy-to-make casserole. Add 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken or turkey to make it a main dish.

Sausage-Wild Rice Casserole

Wine-Tasting Lasagna

This is a great recipe for entertaining. If you're thinking about holding a wine-tasting party, the flavors of the red meat sauce and cheese-spinach layers in this colorful lasagna will complement the wines.

Wine-Tasting Lasagna

Mexican Polenta Pie

Great for a potluck or family dinner, this 12-serving casserole combines polenta with ground turkey, spices, black beans, tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese.

Mexican Polenta Pie

Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole

Combine Italian meatballs, three kinds of cheese, pasta and sauce for this easy, crowd-pleasing casserole.

Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole

Triangle Ranch Scalloped Corn

Diced green chile peppers give this cheesy baked dish character with some hotness. We like the crunch from the saltine crackers, too. The recipe comes from Triangle Ranch Bed and Breakfast in western South Dakota, where guests enjoy hearty meals prepared by B&B owner Lyndy Ireland.

Triangle Ranch Scalloped Corn

Chef Joe's Cranberry-Orange Chicken

Joe Schadler of Celebration River Cruises in Moline, Illinois, loves this make-ahead chicken casserole with its sweet-tart flavor. Off-the-shelf ingredients such as bottled French salad dressing and canned cranberry sauce make it a snap to put together.

Chef Joe's Cranberry-Orange Chicken

Tuna Alfredo Casserole

Substitute any pesto you like in this easy, six-ingredient tuna casserole recipe.

Tuna Alfredo Casserole

Delightfully Light Green Bean Casserole

Classic green bean casserole gets a makeover with a lightened sauce that uses reduced-fat and reduced-sodium condensed soup. Put the side dish together in just 20 minutes thanks to canned and frozen ingredients.

Delightfully Light Green Bean Casserole

Mexican Tortilla Casseroles

Combine cubed cooked chicken, corn, Mexican cheese, tortillas and salsa in individual-size baking dishes for this casserole dish, which you can make ahead and freeze.

Mexican Tortilla Casseroles

Mexican Biscuit Casserole

This taco-flavored main dish is a potluck favorite from a Fargo, North Dakota, reader. Serve it with tortilla chips so your guests can scoop and eat.

Mexican Biscuit Casserole

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