21 Ways to Make Casserole Cool Again

Easy to make, with enough food for a week—give the humble casserole some love

Casseroles have been a staple of the American diet for generations, and for good reason—they're filling, comforting, and easy to make, with enough built-in leftovers to keep you fed for days. From spicy chili topped with cornbread crust to a brisket-filled potato kugel and plenty of macaroni and cheese, here are some of our favorite ways to make the most of that hot dish.

Brisket and Potato Kugel

Brisket and Potato Kugel

This hearty meat and potato casserole is perfect for a nontraditional Passover main.Matt Taylor-Gross
Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs

Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs

These are savory baked beans, but they have no Boston sweetness. Think of this gratin as a meatless cassoulet meant to accompany a roast or salad.Ryan Liebe
Crab Imperial

Crab Imperial

This spicy crab casserole is a specialty of Sting-Ray's in Cape Charles, Virginia.Todd Coleman
Never Fail SOUFFLÉ

NEVER FAIL SOUFFLÉ

It's not a classic souffle, but this dish makes a delicious centerpiece for a holiday breakfast any time of the year. Quick and easy, it is best assembled the night before it's served.Matt Taylor-Gross
Haricots Verts Casserole

Haricots Verts Casserole

Sherry vinegar balances the richness in the cream sauce for this Thanksgiving staple.Eilon Paz
French Bacon, Potato, and Reblochon Casserole (Tartiflette)

French Bacon, Potato, and Reblochon Casserole (Tartiflette)

Reblochon, a soft washed-rind cheese from the French Alps, adds a luxurious creaminess and delicious pungency to this simple bacon and potato gratin.Ingalls Photography
Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie

In this pub staple, gravy is added to minced meat, onions, and any vegetables on hand and topped with a buttery mound of mashed potato is dolloped on top. Get the recipe for Shepherd's Pie »Penny De Los Santos
Mexican Noodle Casserole (Sopa Seca)

Mexican Noodle Casserole (Sopa Seca)

This recipe from cookbook author Diana Kennedy is a comforting casserole dense with thin fideo noodles bathed in chile sauce. Serve it with a salad or pickled chiles on the side.Penny de los Santos
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

This sweet potato casserole is an especially festive, over-the-top take on the Thanksgiving classic, topped with a crisp pecan crumble and dotted with marshmallows.Todd Coleman
Pasta and Shrimp Casserole (Camusclim)

Pasta and Shrimp Casserole (Camusclim)

This creamy-but-zesty pasta casserole combines shrimp, melted cheese, and béchamel. Get the recipe for Pasta and Shrimp Casserole (Camusclim) »James Oseland
Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole

At some point in my early childhood, my mother, Patricia, transitioned a third shift nursing career into a more steady, although infinitely more challenging, job as a special education teacher to mimic my own school schedule. One day she brought home a recipe card from a co-worker that would change our lives forever—a cream of mushroom soup and mayonnaise-laden broccoli casserole topped with stuffing mix and cheddar cheese. Easily pulled off on a busy weeknight, this simple, satisfying dish became more sophisticated as I grew and began helping in the kitchen. Fresh broccoli replaced frozen, cremini mushrooms and béchamel replaced canned soup, and panko replaced stuffing mix, but our devotion to the dish has never wavered. —Kellie EvansMaxime Iattoni

Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw

Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw
Coleslaw gets a makeover as a filling and hearty casserole that test kitchen assistant Sarah Ruth Maier grew up eating at family functions.Vanessa Rees
Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

This simple but satisfying casserole bursting with sausage and cheese is an easy favorite for late, lazy weekend breakfasts.Penny De Los Santos
Sweet Noodle Kugel

Sweet Noodle Kugel

Kugel—the creamy egg noodle casserole that's a staple of Jewish holiday cooking&dmash;gets a Midwestern topping of cornflakes in this Thanksgiving side dish.Ariana Lindquist
Baked White Bean and Duck Casserole (Cassoulet au Canard)

Baked White Bean and Duck Casserole (Cassoulet au Canard)

This duck-lover's version of the classic southern French casserole includes the bird in rich sausages, bone-in legs and thighs, breast meat, and the traditional confit.Penny De Los Santos
Creamed Onion Gratin

Creamed Onion Gratin

Sweet, translucent roasted onions marry beautifully with the béchamel and Gorgonzola in this rich casserole.Todd Coleman
Field Pea Gratin

Field Pea Gratin

This field pea gratin is a beautiful blend of cuisines—French technique and Southern ingredients.Ariana Lindquist
Potato and Squash Gratin (Gratin de Courge)

Potato and Squash Gratin (Gratin de Courge)

The Provençal version of this gratin calls for a French pumpkin called potiron, but a combination of acorn and butternut squash will make a good substitute.Laura Sant
Potato Gratin

Potato Gratin

This classic gratin dauphinois, or scalloped potatoes, is one of our favorite comfort foods.Vanessa Rees
Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan

Give chicken new life by mixing it with broccoli and dousing it in a sauce of sherry, cheese, and cream.Andre Baranowski
Cheesy Corn Casserole

Cheesy Corn Casserole

This baked corn casserole is a popular side dish at Smokestack restaurant in Kansas City.Todd Coleman