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37 Make Ahead Casserole Recipes for Busy Nights

This collection of Make Ahead Casserole Dinner Recipes is perfect for meal planning, baby-prep, and any time you want to have a simple homemade meal!
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We all love casseroles. Whether because they're quick and easy or because you can feed an army, casseroles are the best. They are easily portable and make great dishes for a potluck, or are the perfect meal to gather your family around for a nice quiet dinner.  Casseroles are easy to clean up and are comfort food at its most comforting. Whether you are looking for a quick meal for the family or putting out a spread for guests you can go wrong trying any one of these fantastic casserole ideas.

Hot Chicken Salad Casserole (aka The Best Chicken and Rice Casserole Ever)

This was such a staple in my home growing up.  My mom made Hot Chicken Salad at least twice a month and always served it with an iceberg salad and cranberry sauce.  So good and now my kids love it too!

Amish Yumasetti Casserole

This traditional amish dish is full of ground beef and noodles.  The creams of mushroom and chicken soup mixed with veggies make this dish both creamy and hearty.

Apple, Pecan & Bacon French Toast Brunch Casserole

There are few things better on a busy holiday morning than a breakfast that is already prepared. This recipe is perfect for just that. A little preparation the night before and you have a delicious meal ready to help you get the day started.

Yes, you're reading that right. "Double Cheese"! As if you needed more reason, it also has delicious gnocchi and a fantastic tomato sauce. It is quick and easy and your family will love every last bite.

This dish is beautiful in its simplicity. It's quick and easy to make and is a hearty meal that tastes great. Prepare it ahead of time or make and serve it immediately, either way you'll love this meal. 

Butternut Squash Gratin
This hearty side dish will quickly become a family favorite. It has great earthy flavors and will perfectly compliment any portion. 

Caramelized Vidalia Onion Casserole

Caramelized onions are a tremendous addition to any dish but this casserole really makes them shine. You'll love this creamy and tasty that cooks in one pan and makes cleanup a snap.

Cattle Drive Casserole

This tasty casserole has everything, cheese, meat, cheese, veggies and cheese. It's a hearty meal that is filling and delicious.

Cheesesteak Casserole

This recipe is easy to make, easy to serve and has all the great taste of a cheesesteak sandwich. Just one bite and you will be hooked. This one will definitely make it into your rotation of recipes.

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole

In the rush of everyday life it's nice to have an easy go to recipe that makes dinner time a breeze. This is that recipe. It's quick and hearty and cleanup is quick, leaving you plenty of family time.

Cheesy Tomato Casserole

This vegetable side dish is simple and amazingly delicious. It has cheese, onions, tomatoes and is topped with buttery crackers. It will go perfectly with any main dish. 

Cheesy Tortellini & Pesto Chicken Casserole

The creamy cheesiness of the ricotta pairs perfectly with the earthy flavors of the pesto and a soft tortellini shell brings it home nicely. Your whole family will absolutely love this easy and delicious dinner idea.

Chili Dog Casserole

This is the perfect recipe for your next game day spread. These chili dogs are quick and easy so you can still feed a group without spending all that extra time in the kitchen. 

Cream Corn Bisquick Casserole

This savory-sweet recipe is super easy. You can have it cooking in just five minutes and with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. 

Cream of Mushroom Casserole

This pasta dish is the perfect recipe to serve on a busy weekend. Make it once and eat it again and again. As good as it is the first time it's even better as leftovers.

Easy Baked Ziti Casserole

This Italian dish is as delicious as it is cheesy. It's layered with soft noodles, ground beef and a fantastic sauce. It's great comfort food any time of the year. 

Easy Corn Casserole

This corn casserole recipe is creamy, cheesy and makes a perfect side dish to go with a hearty stew or a beefy chili. 

Easy Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

This recipe is so simple they had to put easy in the title. It can be made in about 30 minutes and no matter how you make it always turns out creamy and delicious. 

Easy French Toast Casserole

Here's another French Toast recipe to add to your repertoire. The thing that really sets this one apart is the cinnamon streusel topping. It's a soft and delicious french toast with a crispy, sweet topping that the whole family will love. 

Egg & Lemon Chicken Casserole

This simple and wholesome dish will quickly become a family favorite. It is delicious and has a unique combination of flavors that really make this recipe stand out.

Gluten Free Mushroom Cheeseburger Casserole

Here's a gluten free option that is super easy and amazingly delicious. It has layers of potatoes, beef and loads of cheese. This casserole is filling and fantastic.

Grandma's Sweet Potato Casserole

Family gatherings are built on great traditions and great food. This Sweet Potato Casserole is sweet and savory and is a perfect addition to your next family get together.

Ham & Potato Breakfast Casserole

Cheesy potatoes pair perfectly with ham and eggs to make a breakfast fit for a special morning. It's easy to make and your family will love the great flavors.

Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole

The best thing about casseroles is how quick and easy they are. The next time you're in a hurry and need a quick fix dinner try this delicious and filling recipe. 

Hash Brown Chicken Jalapeno Casserole

This casserole recipe is creamy and delicious. It has spicy jalapeƱos, sweet corn, tender chicken and golden layers of crispy hash browns.  

Hash Brown Lasagna

Here is a quicker, healthier alternative to traditional lasagna recipes. It has hash browns, veggies, meat and all sorts of cheesy goodness.  

Mashed Potato Casserole

Creamy mashed potatoes loaded with garlic, cheese and topped with bread crumbs to give it a great crunch. It is the perfect compliment for any main dish.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

There are so many delicious ways to enjoy cauliflower and this casserole is no exception. It's creamy and has great flavors. Did I mention it's loaded with cheese. No one in your family will turn away from this side dish.

One Dish Baked Salsa Chicken Casserole

One Dish Baked Salsa Chicken Casserole is perfect for busy week nights or any night that you want a quick and easy dinner that’s full of flavor.

Potato Casserole

This casserole has delicious flavors and great texture and tastes like a warm pierogi. You'll have a hard time not eating it in one sitting.

This salmon noodle roman off is such a simple dish and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. It's packed with wonderful, savory flavors and everyone will comeback for more.

Sausage Bread Casserole

Tender, savory and full of flavor, this recipe is the perfect combination of eggs, cheese, sausage and veggies.

Seafood Pasta Bake

Creamy, rich and unbelievably easy, this seafood dish is a new twist on seafood lasagna. If you love seafood you're going to love this recipe.

Sloppy Joe Casserole

If you thought that sloppy joe's couldn't be any easier than you were wrong. This incredible dish is only made better when you add the soft, buttery topping.

Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

This slow cooker recipe is packed with tasty sauce, cheesy goodness and is perfect whether you're feeding just the family or a whole party.

Stuffed Pepper Explosion Casserole

If you love stuffed peppers but don't like all the work then this recipe is for you. It makes an easy and great dish on those busy weeknights.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole

The best part about Thanksgiving may just be the leftovers. This casserole brilliantly combines all those delicious leftovers into one amazingly simple and incredibly tasty dish.


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