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 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.
Gnocchi shepherd’s pie
This comforting dish comes together quickly by substituting the traditional mashed potatoes with tender, ready-made potato gnocchi, which cooks in just minutes. Finished with parmesan cheese and a few minutes under the broiler, it’ll warm you from the inside out. —Camilla Wynne
Get our gnocchi shepherd’s pie recipe.
Toasted orzo, chickpea and tomato “stoup”
This dish is a riff off on sopa de fideos, a soup of noodles fried in chicken fat and topped with tomato broth—and a total comfort food. Get our toasted orzo, chickpea and tomato “stoup” recipe.
Veggie and lentil shepherd’s pie
Add this hearty shepherd’s pie to your next plant-based dinner plan, featuring a cozy blend of veggies, fresh thyme and soft mashed potatoes. Get our veggie and lentil shepherd’s pie recipe.
Easy scalloped potatoes
The perfect scalloped potatoes are rich, creamy and most importantly, easy to whip up. Get our scalloped potatoes recipe.
One-pan mushroom gratin with white beans
On busy nights, this one-pan wonder featuring white beans, mushrooms and Swiss chard brings big flavours to the dinner table (with less mess!). Get our one-pan mushroom gratin with white beans recipe.
Best-ever stuffing recipe
We asked readers whether stuffing is best with or without meat, and the overwhelming response was without. Just in case, we have also included a delicious sausage variation. Get our best-ever stuffing 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.