When it comes to beginner recipes
, casseroles are one of the first things you can master in the kitchen. The smell of a casserole
cooking in the oven can truly make anywhere feel like home. There's a type for every occasion: cheesy gnocchi for dinner, bread pudding for dessert, and sweet potato casserole drizzled with some maple syrup — a totally acceptable breakfast. Any of these 10 recipes will satisfy whichever comfort food craving happens to hit after a long day at work or during a rainy weekend.
Basil Brussels Sprouts Mac and Cheese:
Super creamy mac and cheese is always better when balanced with some vegetables. Robust Brussels sprouts and fragrant basil do the job nicely in this recipe.
Chicken Pepperoni Casserole:
Indulge in your pizza cravings minus the carbs with this high-protein casserole. Instead of crust, cover chicken with your favorite toppings, then eat to your heart's content.
Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole:
Sweet potato casserole is part side dish, part dessert, and all delicious. Give it an extra kick with a shot of bourbon to cut some of the sweetness.
Skillet BBQ Mac and Cheese:
Start this mac and cheese on the stove top, then put the whole skillet in the oven to finish. That's what will get you the golden-brown top and crispy edges that you love.
If you're one of those people who can't get enough of the crunch on top of a casserole, this recipe, which features mozzarella, pasta, and tomato sauce, is for you. It ensures that every bite of your creamy home-cooked ziti has a bit of buttery crunch to liven things up.
Beer Bread Pudding With Irish Cream Caramel:
Dessert casserole is totally a thing — it's called bread pudding. Infusing it with Irish stout and drizzling with an Irish creme caramel adds some extra drama for your tastebuds.
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