Not Your Grandma’s Casserole: 29 Modern Casserole Recipes (2024)

If you can fit it all in one dish, call it a casserole. The beloved retro dinner that touched the hearts of housewives across America is back in a big way. We have 29 revamped one-pot meals that will not only have your taste buds reeling for more, but they’ll save you time and effort too. Go ahead, put some lovin’ in your oven and dub yourself a casserole queen. All you need is a well-stocked pantry, a nifty casserole dish and hungry mouths to please.

1. Tuna Noodle Casserole: It’s the quintessential casserole that every grandma knows how to make. No need to check cream of mushroom soup off your shopping list, ’cause we’re classing things up with a porcini cheese sauce. But don’t despair, it’s still topped with crushed potato chips. (via NPR)

2. Bacon Topped Green Bean Casserole: Talk about an upgrade! Green bean casserole goes from classic to sophisticated, studded with cremini mushrooms, chopped bacon and fresh rosemary. (via BHG)

3. Truffled Mac and Cheese: As if macaroni and cheese wasn’t decadent enough, topping it all off with truffle oil makes this casserole fit for a king. (via Williams Sonoma)

4. Biscuit Pot Pie: Turn away from the frozen food section, grab your trusty casserole dish and create the ultimate in comfort food. (via Damn Delicious)

5. Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie: French lentils, meaty mushrooms and fresh veggies all blanketed under a pillow of mashed potatoes — really, who needs meat? (via Bon Appétit)

6. Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake: We don’t think that Nonna would’ve come up with this caprese salad spin-off — but we’re sure she’d approve. (via Half Baked Harvest)

7. Tomato Cobbler With Blue Cheese Biscuits: Dessert for dinner? Not really. Here’s a savory cobbler made from garden fresh tomatoes and creamy blue cheese biscuits. (via 128 John St.)

8. Gumbo-laya: Check out this mashup: Gumbo meets jambalaya! Bold, spicy and fit for a casserole dish. (via The Cozy Apron)

9. Duck Confit Casserole: The legendary southern French casserole doesn’t have to take all day. Try this fuss-free but still pretty darn impressive feat of duck confit! (via Bon Appétit)

10. Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole: Can it get much better than this? We’re talkin’ buffalo wings, blue cheese and tater tots. No wet wipes or dipping sauce required! (via The Black Peppercorn)

11. Pierogi Lasagna: Italian lasagna is morphed into a Polish household staple. And it sure beats frying up numerous dumplings for a crowd. (via Parade)

12. Pepperoni Pizza Casserole: They had us at pizza. Ooey gooey cheese, tangy tomato sauce and spicy pepperoni all baked together = simply genius. (via The Chic Site)

13. Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole: No toothpicks, rolling or pounding necessary, viola. (via Creole Contessa)

14. Reuben Casserole: Layers of corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and gooey Swiss cheese all piled up. Grab a fork. Dig in. (via The Girl Who Ate Everything)

15. Samosa Pie: Turn India’s renowned, fried, bite-sized, potato-y morsel into an entire pie, enclosed in a flaky crust. (via Foodess)

16. Cheesy Black Bean and Quinoa Bake: Who doesn’t love tacos? Shock taco lovers with a surprising twist: No meat (gasp!), just some awesome-ly kicked up quinoa. (via Half Baked Harvest)

17. Butternut Squash, Apple and Potato Gratin With Cheddar Crumb Topping: Spice up your traditional squash casserole with a powerhouse of fall flavors. Apples, cider and squash lend a hint of sweetness as a tasty contrast to savory potatoes, thyme and cheddar cheese. (via Tracy’s Culinary Adventures)

18. Pumpkin Maple Baked Bean Cornbread Casserole: Want to be the most popular person at the Thanksgiving dining table… or any table for that matter? Bring this! (via Oh She Glows)

19. Chilaquiles Casserole: Brunch fare with a Latin flair, it’s the ever popular combo of tortillas bathed in a tomatillo sauce and topped with plenty of cheese. Don’t forget to pass the salsa. (via Sweet Life)

20. French Toast Casserole With Maple Syrup: Whip up a crowd favorite and have plenty of napkins to pass around the brunch table. (via Food Network)

21. Eggs Benedict Casserole: No need to slave over a hot stove for all eight of your brunch guests, serve ’em Eggs Benedict, casserole style. (via Chew Out Loud)

22. Sun Dried Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Breakfast Casserole: Seriously, you could eat this morning, noon or night. (via Belle of the Kitchen)

23. Baked Blueberry and Banana Oatmeal: Bursting with plump blueberries and sweet bananas, there’s no need to mask this oatmeal in spoonfuls of brown sugar. (via Blissfully Delicious)

24. California Avocado Breakfast Casserole: Take your everyday hash browns and head westward, topping them with ripe avocados. (via Dine and Dish)

25. Pecan Peach Cobbler: There’s probably no need to mention that cobbler goes well with vanilla ice cream, but just in case… you are now in the know. (via My Recipes)

26. Nutella Bread Pudding: It’s so good you might cry over it. (via Dominick Costa)

27. S’more Cobbler: Yeah, basically you’re going to want some more of this dessert. (via Created by Diane)

28. The Best Apple Crisp: There should be a law against this, it’s that good. We’re talkin’ warm apples, melted brown butter, vanilla bean, a bite of bourbon and please, don’t forget to make this a la mode. (via Ambitious Kitchen)

29. Strawberry Pretzel Salad: Now here’s a blast from the past. They call it a salad but really it’s salty, sweet goodness in a casserole dish. (via Creative Culinary)

Okay casserole queens, give us the dish on what one-pot wonders you’re cooking in your kitchen in the comments below!

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