When it comes to comfort food, nothing can beat the classic casserole. These simple to make, tasty dishes, are not only a favored staple in many people’s diets, but can also be easily adapted to suit plenty of palates and dietary requirements, making them the perfect all-in-one meal. Whether you are looking to try something classic, vegetarian, or plant-based, here are some comforting casserole recipes to try.

Cheesy Sausage and Potato Casserole  

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon of oil (canola or extra virgin oil)
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 lb (450g) of pork sausage
  5. 2 teaspoons of paprika
  6. 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  7. 1 cup (250 ml) of chicken, vegetable or beef broth
  8. 1/2 cup (125 ml) of cream (omit if dairy-free)
  9. 1 cup (150g) of grated cheese
  10. 1/4 cup (60g) of fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  3. Add in onions and garlic, and cook for 3 minutes until softened.

  4. Add in sausage and paprika, and cook until sausage is cooked through.

  5. Add in potatoes and broth, and bring to a boil.

  6. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes.

  7. Uncover and add in cream (if using).

  8. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) baking dish.

  9. Top with grated cheese and parsley.

  10. Bake for 30–35 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly golden.

Vegetarian Three Bean Casserole  

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons of oil (canola or extra virgin oil)
  2. 1 large onion, diced
  3. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 3 bell peppers of assorted colors, diced
  5. 2 cups (400g) of cooked white beans
  6. 2 cups (400g) of cooked red kidney beans
  7. 2 cups (400g) of cooked black beans
  8. 2-14.5 ounce (396 g) cans of diced tomatoes, drained
  9. 1/2 cup (125 ml) of chicken broth
  10. 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  11. 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  12. 1/2 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  13. 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  14. 1/4 cup (15g) of fresh cilantro, chopped
  15. 2 tablespoons of lime juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  3. Add in onions and garlic, and cook for 3 minutes until softened.

  4. Add peppers and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

  5. Add tomatoes, broth, beans, salt, cumin, pepper, and chili powder, and stir to combine.

  6. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes.

  7. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice.

  8. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) baking dish.

  9. Bake for 25–30 minutes until bubbling and lightly golden.

Plant-Based Wild Rice Casserole  

Ingredients

  1. 2 tablespoons of oil (canola or extra virgin oil)
  2. 1 large onion, diced
  3. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  5. 1 teaspoon of dried sage
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  7. 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  9. 1 cup (200g) of uncooked wild rice
  10. 2-14.5 ounce (396 g) cans of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  11. 4 cups (960 ml) of vegetable broth
  12. 1/2 cup (75g) of sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  3. Add in onions and garlic, and cook for 3 minutes until softened.

  4. Add pepper, sage, thyme, salt, and smoked paprika, and cook for 1 minute.

  5. Add in wild rice and stir to coat.

  6. Add tomatoes and broth, and bring to a boil.

  7. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 25 minutes.

  8. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) baking dish.

  9. Top with sliced almonds.

  10. Bake for 25–30 minutes until wild rice is cooked and almonds are lightly golden.

Casseroles make for an easy, comforting, and satisfying meal that is sure to please everyone in the family. The recipes above are just the start of what can be created with the humble casserole. Whether you are a meat-eater, vegetarian, or vegan, the options are endless. While each recipe above is classic in its own way, you can easily make it your own by swapping out ingredients, such as adding more vegetables or different grains, or even trying different meats or legumes. So, if you are looking for a tasty meal that is simple to make, give one of these classic casserole recipes a try. You won’t be disappointed.