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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
Brisket and Potato Kugel Matt Taylor-Gross

This hearty meat and potato casserole is perfect for a nontraditional Passover main. Get the recipe for Brisket and Potato Kugel »

Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs

Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs
Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs Ryan Liebe

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. Get the recipe for Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs »

Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie
Tamale Pie Jessie YuChen

Ground beef and vegetables are spiced with chili powder and cumin under a tender cornmeal crust in this casserole. Get the recipe for Tamale Pie »

Never Fail Soufflé

Never Fail SOUFFLÉ
Never Fail Soufflé Matt Taylor-Gross

It’s not a classic soufflé, 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. Get the recipe for Never Fail Soufflé »

Green Bean Casserole

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Green Bean Casserole Laura Sant

This recipe is an adaptation of the one developed in the 1950s by the Campbell’s Soup Company. Get the recipe for Green Bean Casserole »

French Bacon, Potato, and Reblochon Casserole

French Bacon, Potato, and Reblochon Casserole (Tartiflette)
French Bacon, Potato, and Reblochon Casserole (Tartiflette) Ingalls Photography

Reblochon, a soft washed-rind cheese from the French Alps, adds a luxurious creaminess and delicious pungency to this simple bacon and potato gratin. Get the recipe for French Bacon, Potato, and Reblochon Casserole (Tartiflette) »

Baked Macaroni in Pastry

Baked Macaroni in Pastry (Timpana)
Baked Macaroni in Pastry (Timpana) Jenny Huang

In this traditional Maltese dish, pasta is tossed with a spiced meat sauce and baked in a puff-pastry shell. Get the recipe for Baked Macaroni in Pastry (Timpana) »

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd’s Pie Penny De Los Santos

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 »

Turkey Tetrazzini

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Turkey Tetrazzini Matt Taylor-Gross

This version of the American classic has a smattering of colorful vegetables and a sauce enriched by sherry and parmesan. Get the recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini »

Eggplant Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana
Eggplant Parmigiana Linda Pugliese

Fried eggplant is layered with homemade red sauce and two types of cheese—mozzarella and Pecorino Romano. Get the recipe for Eggplant Parmigiana »

Scalloped Potatoes

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Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes Gemma and Andrew Ingalls

Thinly sliced potatoes and onions are baked in a rich cream sauce in this classic crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe for Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes »

Pasta and Shrimp Casserole

Pasta and Shrimp Casserole (Camusclim)
Pasta and Shrimp Casserole James Oseland

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

Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole Maxime Iattoni

Broccoli and cheddar are a classic pair; their mellow flavors marry in this creamy casserole. Get the recipe for Broccoli Casserole »

Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw

Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw
Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw Vanessa Rees

Coleslaw gets a makeover as a filling and hearty casserole that test kitchen assistant Sarah Ruth Maier grew up eating at family functions. Get the recipe for Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw »

Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole

Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole
Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole Penny De Los Santos

This simple but satisfying casserole bursting with sausage and cheese is an easy favorite for late, lazy weekend breakfasts. Get the recipe for Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole »

Baked White Bean and Duck Casserole

Baked White Bean and Duck Casserole (Cassoulet au Canard)
Baked White Bean and Duck Casserole (Cassoulet au Canard) Penny De Los Santos

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. Get the recipe for Baked White Bean and Duck Casserole (Cassoulet au Canard) »

Creamed Onion Gratin

Creamed Onion Gratin
Creamed Onion Gratin Todd Coleman

Sweet, translucent roasted onions marry beautifully with the béchamel and Gorgonzola in this rich casserole. Get the recipe for Creamed Onion Gratin »

Field Pea Gratin

Field Pea Gratin
Field Pea Gratin Ariana Lindquist

This field pea gratin is a beautiful blend of cuisines—French technique and Southern ingredients. Get the recipe for Field Pea Gratin »

Potato and Squash Gratin

Potato and Squash Gratin (Gratin de Courge)
Potato and Squash Gratin (Gratin de Courge) Laura Sant

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. Get the recipe for Potato and Squash Gratin (Gratin de Courge) »

Potato Gratin

Potato Gratin
Potato Gratin Vanessa Rees

This classic gratin dauphinois, or scalloped potatoes, is one of our favorite comfort foods. Get the recipe for Potato Gratin »

Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan
Chicken Divan Andre Baranowski

Give chicken new life by mixing it with broccoli and dousing it in a sauce of sherry, cheese, and cream. Get the recipe for Chicken Divan »

Cheesy Corn Casserole

Cheesy Corn Casserole
Cheesy Corn Casserole Todd Coleman

This baked corn casserole is a popular side dish at Smokestack restaurant in Kansas City. Get the recipe for Cheesy Corn Casserole »

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