There’s definitely a reason that people were obsessed with casseroles in the ’50s. They’re portable, comforting and can almost always be made before you need them. Lucky for us, they’re making a comeback and in a *big* way. And there are plenty of modern vegetarian casseroles and make-ahead breakfast casseroles to go around. To check out 19 make-ahead casseroles that are dinner ready, scroll down and be prepared to make Grandma proud.


1. Cheesy Caprese Chicken and Quinoa Casserole: The best thing about casseroles is that there’s usually lots of gooey cheese involved. That definitely rings true for this Caprese chicken casserole, for which mozzarella is one of the four main ingredients. (via Eat Yourself Skinny)


2. Cheesy Smoked Sausage and Cabbage Casserole: If you love cabbage rolls but hate the process of rolling each one, this casserole will give you life. Plus, it’s totally budget-friendly. (via Peace Love and Low Carb)


3. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole: When you’re craving a hot and cheesy bowl of pasta, this chicken bacon ranch casserole will deliver in a big way. You can use store-bought ranch mix, but don’t skimp on the homemade Alfredo sauce. (via Damn Delicious)


4. Chicken Pot Pie Casserole: So, your BFF just had a baby and you want to make her family a dinner that’ll be comforting and hearty. Look no further than this oversized pot pie casserole that’s as easy to make as it is tasty. (via Cincy Shopper)


5. Chicken Parmesan Casserole: Chicken Parm is a well-loved weeknight meal for a reason. This casserole version is just as tasty, but you can prep it ahead of time for a quicker dinner process. (via The Recipe Critic)


6. Dump and Bake Chicken Alfredo Pasta Casserole: Seriously, this casserole couldn’t be any easier. In this instance, jarred Alfredo sauce is permitted and the pasta goes into the oven dry. This means minimal cleanup… plus it only takes 10 minutes to come together. (via The Seasoned Mom)


7. Make-Ahead Enchilada Casserole: If you take one day a week to spend making freezer meals, you’ll thank yourself on crazy nights that you don’t have time to cook. This enchilada casserole freezes beautifully, so it’s perfect for emergency dinners. (via Cooking for Kiwi and Bean)


8. French Onion Gnocchi Casserole: Run, don’t walk, to your kitchen and make this right now. This casserole is easy to make ahead, but once you get a whiff of the caramelized onions, you’ll want it ASAP. (via Climbing Grier Mountain)


9. Paleo Tuna and Green Chile Zoodle Casserole: Casseroles are notoriously heavy and indulgent, but omitting the pasta and adding zucchini noodles lightens them up considerably. This Whole30 and Paleo-friendly option has heart-healthy tuna and tons of zesty flavor to entice you. (via Cotter Crunch)


10. Jalapeño Popper Pasta Chicken Casserole: If you’re having friends over to watch the big game, but you want to serve a real meal, this jalapeño popper casserole will stun. Plus, you can make it days ahead of time so you can have a stress-free get-together. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)


11. Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna: This mashup of two classic French and Italian dishes will quickly become a family favorite. Serve with a big salad on the side to balance the richness of the creamy casserole. (via Chef in Training)


12. Lemon Chicken Pasta Bake: Fresh lemon juice adds a bit of tartness and a bright flavor to this baked pasta dish. Save time by using cream of chicken soup, and you’ll have dinner on the table in an hour. (via Cooking and Beer)


13. Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole: This variation on a classic casserole is perfect for any holiday potluck. Did we mention that it’s vegan too? (via Contentedness Cooking)


14. Mashed Potato Casserole: It’s rare that a side dish can outshine the main course, but in this case, it *certainly* will. The mashed potatoes are unbelievably creamy and the layer of cheese and bacon doesn’t hurt either. (via House of Yumm)


15. Mediterranean Chickpea Casserole With Spinach and Feta: Healthy has never looked so good. This recipe recommends using dried chickpeas, so prepping ahead is preferred and will save you tons of time when you’re ready for dinner. (via Natural Girl Modern World)


16. Creamy Chicken, Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole: This nutritious and cozy comfort food is on another level. When your protein, grain and veggies are together in one casserole, you’re winning the dinner game. (via Pinch of Yum)


17. Stuffed Bell Pepper Pasta Casserole: Stuffed peppers are delicious, but sometimes they can be difficult to eat and you don’t get to enjoy the full pepper flavor. This casserole solves that problem by lending all of the same flavors in one easy-to-devour package. (via The 36th Avenue)


18. Teriyaki Chicken Casserole: Takeout night will be no more when you have a stockpile of this teriyaki chicken casserole in the freezer. Make them in bulk and break one out whenever you don’t feel like cooking. (via Life in the Lofthouse)


19. Tater Taco Casserole: No taco shells? No problem! Go for this Mexican-style casserole that’s layered with taco meat, beans and cheese. (via The Girl Who Ate Everything)

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