For Built-In Leftovers—Look to the Casserole
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 a 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. Jenny Huang
Roasted Vegetable and Cod Casserole
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.
This hearty meat and potato casserole is perfect for a nontraditional Passover main.
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Think of this gratin as a meatless cassoulet, meant to accompany a roast, or as a stand alone, next to a tartly-dressed green salad.
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A blend of coriander, cumin, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves adds oomph to the meat sauce for this baked pasta in puff pastry.
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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.
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You can make the major components of this classic Italian casserole in advance, from the red sauce to the fried eggplant, or even assemble the whole dish ahead of time.
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Coleslaw gets a makeover as a filling and hearty casserole that test kitchen assistant Sarah Ruth Maier grew up eating at family functions.
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Southern cooks freeze field peas in the summer to use in the colder months. But butter beans or Sea Island red peas, an heirloom variety from South Carolina, make great substitutes in this casserole.
This recipe is an adaptation of the one developed in the 1950s by the Campbell’s Soup Company.
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Ground beef and vegetables are spiced with chili powder and cumin under a tender cornmeal crust in this casserole. Get the recipe for
Sausage and Cheddar Breakfast Casserole
Thinly sliced potatoes and onions are baked in a rich cream sauce in this classic crowd-pleaser.
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Broccoli and cheddar are a classic pair; their mellow flavors marry in this creamy casserole, a weeknight staple from former Saveur editor Kellie Evans’ mother, Patricia.
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This ultra-creamy, decadent mac and cheese—with sharp white cheddar, Gruyère, blue cheese, and, yes, a touch of Velveeta—is one of the best we’ve ever tried.
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