Make-Ahead Casserole Recipes
There’s nothing better than having dinner ready to go on a busy night. Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey casserole? Especially casserole recipes that can either be tossed in the fridge till dinner the next day, or frozen for weeks (or months)!
To me, casseroles are one of the best comfort foods out there, and make-ahead casserole recipes are the best. THE BEST!
A friend who’s due any day with her second baby recently asked me if I’d help her prep a few freezer meals to tuck away until after the baby’s born.
(For the record, I was not that smart with my food prep. For either child.)
Those of you who’ve raised babies must remember what it’s like those first six to eight weeks after the baby’s born. Every single day is made up of eating, sleeping, diapering and changing baby clothes. I mean, you barely have enough time to grab a shower, let alone pull together a home cooked dinner — right? Even take-out can seem like a chore…
Welcoming a new baby isn’t the only time make-ahead casseroles can be a lifesaver.
Even during a regular work week, having something ready-to-go in freezer chest to toss into the oven can be the difference between a harried mess of a night and a calm, relaxing evening.
Or, you know, have it stocked just because. You don’t even need a reason to have frozen casseroles at hand.
Have some make-ahead casserole recipes lined up to prep and freeze so they’re at the ready when the stakes are high.
It’s a terrific way to get dinner on the table without also losing your mind (which may happen anyway, but at least you won’t be able to blame the food!).
Make-Ahead Casserole Recipes
Make-ahead casserole recipe options for dinner, sides and breakfast! Each of these dishes can be covered tightly with aluminum foil and frozen just before the baking step.
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Chicken noodle casserole is a comforting throwback meal that’s easy to make, and perfect to feed a crowd.
Simple Mexican Ground Beef Casserole
This ground beef casserole is a quick and easy weeknight, family-friendly dinner that marries the flavors of tacos with seven layer dip. And cheese … ALL THE CHEESE!
Simple Homemade Baked Ziti
Simple homemade baked ziti is one of the most delicious, ooey-gooey cheesy, comforting recipes out there!
Chipotle Chicken Lasagna
The deep layers of flavor in this chipotle chicken lasagna are a surprising treat, given how simple it is to make. It's the perfect recipe to add to your dinner rotation and you can even make it ahead!
Spinach, Mushroom and Italian Sausage Lasagna
Lasagna works awesomely for lunch-leftovers, and this particular batch of spinach, mushroom and Italian sausage lasagna turned out amazing!
Creamy Baked Chicken Pasta
This creamy baked chicken pasta dish, with fresh cherry tomatoes, sauteed onions, garlic and fresh herbs is savory and delicious.
Vegetarian Lasagna Rolls
This take on traditional lasagna is a fun way to serve single portions!
Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich Casserole
Hot Ham and Cheese Casserole is a favorite party food!
Simple Oyster Casserole
This simple oyster casserole will become a favorite side dish, especially for the holidays!
Sweet Potato Casserole
The very best sweet potato casserole EVER. And not a marshmallow in sight!
Spinach, Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
This spinach, bacon and egg breakfast casserole is a great make-ahead meal to serve for breakfast on a holiday or vacation morning!
Walnut French Toast Bread Pudding Casserole
This baked bread-based breakfast casserole doesn't need to soak for hours and hours beforehand!
Apple Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Casserole
This apple cinnamon french toast breakfast casserole is a perfect weekend or holiday breakfast — make it the morning of or prep it the night before!
Last Updated on August 29, 2020 by Liza Hawkins
Thanks for the compilation.
Lists of things are great! 🙂
Erin @ The Speckled Palate
Brilliant post, and I’m SO glad I stumbled across it today! I’m nearing my 8th month of pregnancy and want to make some casseroles (and other freezer meals) that will be delicious and wonderful for when we come home from the hospital. Pinning this, as well as sharing it to Twitter because these are SUCH great ideas!
Terrific, Erin! Happy casserole making! 🙂