If the idea of the humble casserole brings to mind heavy, retro dishes and loads of canned mushroom soup, we’re here to change your mind. Largely built on shelf-stable ingredients and made in a single pan, casseroles are a weeknight-friendly—not to mention quarantine cooking-friendly—approach to cooking that cuts down on dishes and cooking time, and doesn’t have to feel like a cop-out on dinner.
Here are eight of our favourite easy casserole recipes to get you started.
Fire up the oven and break out the cheese: This one-pan lasagna is exactly what you need for the cold season. Get our one-pan lasagna recipe.
Three Sisters Casserole
Norma Condo is the chef behind Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen, the first permanent Indigenous-owned restaurant in Montreal. Her casserole recipe uses squash, corn and beans—a trio known as the “Three Sisters” because they grow together as a unit, with the cornstalks holding up the beans while the squash protects the roots at the base. Get our three sisters casserole recipe.
One-pan pizza pasta
It’s like pizza and pasta… combined! Pepperoni and a generous pinch of Italian seasoning are the keys to this one-pan pizza pasta’s delicious flavour. Get our one-pan pizza pasta recipe.
French onion macaroni and cheese
Crowned with golden-crisp breadcrumbs, these creamy noodles (think gruyère and mascarpone), gives this star comfort food an elegant update. And the best part? It’s a one-pan meal—ready to dish up in just 30 minutes. Get our French onion macaroni and cheese recipe.
Carrot and parsnip casserole
Two shelf-stable vegetables get a subtle kick from Dijon and nutmeg cream. Get our carrot and parsnip casserole recipe.
Modern tuna casserole
Harissa spice adds a modern flavour to a crowd-favourite tuna casserole. Get our tuna casserole recipe.
Meatless tortilla casserole
This casserole twist on enchiladas makes good use of pantry-friendly canned beans, jarred red peppers and tinned chipotle. Get our tortilla casserole recipe.
Finnish yellow turnip bake
This traditional Finnish mashed dish can be served as a main or a side to ham or fish. Get our turnip bake recipe.