Our Best Casserole and Hotdish Recipes
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mexican Mac and Cheese
Pair Mexican flavors with pasta for this comfort-food casserole that includes sausage, salsa and Monterey Jack 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
Patterned after a legendary Texas recipe, this irresistible main dish includes seasoned chicken stacked up with chili peppers, tortillas, sour cream sauce, and cheese.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole
Combine Italian meatballs, three kinds of cheese, pasta and sauce for this easy, crowd-pleasing 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.
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.
Tuna Alfredo Casserole
Substitute any pesto you like in this easy, six-ingredient tuna casserole recipe.
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.
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 Biscuit Casserole
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