Casserole is the workhorse of the kitchen. If looked after, a good casserole dish can be with a family for generations, cooking up real-deal homemade meals without the need to be thanked.
Not only are casseroles super versatile, but they also ditch the need for multiple pots and pans to be on the go at once (the O.G one-pot meal).
In this article, we are going to shine a light on the longstanding relationship between casseroles and ground beef. Whacking a saucy mix of ground beef in the oven and going about whatever it is that you like to do is a satisfying experience.
An experience that is made all the more satisfying once the oven door is open, and the casserole is ready.
We’ve got extra-cheesy pasta bakes, we’ve got veg-heavy stews, we’ve got light, health-conscious options – we’ve got them all, and they’re all certified delicious.
Kicking things off in a big way, this beef enchilada casserole is Tex-Mex food at its very best (and naughtiest). Skip the calorie counting and throw yourself into this enchilada casserole’s comforting arms.
Loaded up with peppers, salsa verde, spices, and black olives, this is a casserole that very goes hard on the flavor front.
With ample cheddar, rice, tortillas, and seasoned beef layered and mixed through for good measure, it’s safe to say that nobody’s going hungry tonight.
Looking to simplify your cooking time? Then this casserole is looking for you. With just 10 minutes in the kitchen, you can have this ground beef and spinach casserole ready to slip in the oven and cook its creamy self away.
The recipe calls for 1 can of sliced mushrooms, 1 can of condensed cream of celery soup, and 2 packs of frozen, chopped spinach, which is about all you need to know. Homemade creamy spinach and beef casserole, the sneaky way – we won’t tell!
Shepherd’s pie is a filling, family meal that hits very close to home. A good shepherd’s pie is a delightfully rich experience of mash and meat, and this shepherd’s pie is one of the special ones.
Its silky gravy is flavored with fresh thyme leaves, garlic, and onion for a delightfully familiar flavor profile. If you enjoy your beef, but like getting your veggies in wherever possible too, this pie is more than accommodating with carrots, peas, and corn.
The creamy mash is coated in cheddar cheese to give it a crunchy, golden crust that everyone will love.
With controversy surrounding its casserole clarification, we think the fact it’s baked in a casserole dish makes lasagna casserole enough for us. Lasagna is another classic dinnertime meal that most Americans have some kind of connection to.
There are things that just work in life, and beef, cheese, pasta, and tomato sauce are some of them. Treat your family to lasagna this week, and every other week for that matter, they won’t mind, not one bit.
We love this casserole for its fusion of flavors and for putting beef and cauliflower together, as they should be. The chipotle, chili powder and slices jalapeños give off a Mexican impression, while the oregano and cumin tell a different story of taste.
Whichever way you come at it, this beef and cauliflower casserole is a deliciously cheesy experience that, once served, won’t be hanging around very long.
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Casseroles are about serving food that gets instant oohs, aahs, and wows, and this hamburger casserole will get the family singing alright. Sure, it may not be the most healthy meal of the week.
And sure, it may not be the most vibrant meal on a plate. But this cheesy baked potato and beef casserole will feed the family, and leave a lasting impression, we can assure you of that.
If your fork isn’t dripping in cheese, then you have to ask the question, are you even casserole-ing? This recipe is all about finding the biggest pasta shells you can find and stuffing them with the most cheese you can fit.
Including three types of cheese, ground chuck beef, and buckets of marinara sauce, this is an Italian-inspired recipe with a very southern feel. Big, bold, and beautiful – hold onto your seat, because this casserole takes no prisoners.
Putting two family favorites together is sure to get the kids, and big kids at heart excited. Mac and cheese is pretty darn delicious on its own.
Beef chili is also pretty hard to fault on its lonesome, but when you put the two together, well that’s what we call poetry on a plate.
However, hold tight, because the best thing about this dish of genius is yet to come. Taking just 30 minutes to prepare and cook, this is a rapid-fire casserole that’s in a league of its own when it comes to time.
Moussaka is a creamy Greek dish that’s kind of like lasagna, just without the pasta. Layers of vegetables and meat are drenched in bechamel and topped with cheese, and everything is right in the world.
Zucchini, eggplant, potato, and red onion take on the flavors of dried oregano and thyme for a truly tasty time. The beef is also seasoned with Italian herbs, as well as allspice, tomato paste, and chopped tomato.
Moussaka is a mighty meal that offers it all and doesn’t fancy taking shortcuts.
A beefy french onion casserole that’s stacked with oodles of noodles and cheese is as iconic as it sounds. This is another recipe that’s in the business of keeping it easy, leaning on packaged food for convenience.
Ground beef, dried egg noodles, condensed cream of mushroom soup, Lay’s french onion dip, and French’s fried onions are all you need to be sitting down with a delicious French-inspired dish that is anything but classic.
This may seem like just another simple, kid-friendly casserole, but there’s more than meets the eye with this broccoli, beef, and tater tot hotdish. Flavored with Worcestershire sauce and turmeric, it packs a distinct taste, while keeping things stress-free and easy.
Hotdish is a Minnesotan tradition, however, this charming casserole recipe is so good that it seems a shame to not share it with whoever needs to see and cook it.
This upside-down pizza casserole is making mealtime fun again and it’s doing a fine job at that. The saucy beef mix has a can of sliced mushrooms and olives mixed through to give it an earthy texture and salty taste.
If you’re making this for young children you could swap out the mushrooms and olives for something less suspicious like carrot and celery. Refrigerated biscuit dough forms the upside-down crust that is topped with mozzarella and turns a golden brown once baked.
It’s true, we’ve featured some pretty hefty casseroles in this list. Casseroles that aren’t in the business of counting calories. So, you’ll be pleased to know that this Southwest butternut squash casserole is designed to be filling while remaining light.
With just 406 calories per serving, this sweet and spicy gluten-free casserole is a pillar of health in a heavy-hitting casserole world.
This recipe is a deconstructed version of stuffed bell peppers that’s been designed with convenience in mind.
You can riff this recipe however you like by mixing up the veggies, the beans, the cheese, even the ground beef for turkey – a dish like this will stand up to the challenge and be tasteful.
This firehouse chili is ripe and ready to bring the house down in the best kind of way. Chili is a staple of firehouses all across America, and this recipe pays homage to the classic firehouse dish with a slight tweaking on top.
The cheesy cornbread crust helps to turn this chili into a bona fide casserole to feed and please the masses.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Exactly Is A Casserole?
A casserole is a type of large dish that food can be baked in and served from. It is usually made of porcelain and features deep sides to fit as much food as it possibly can.
Handles are also commonplace on casseroles to help people get the dish from the oven to the table, ready for serving.
What Are The Five Components Of A Casserole?
Not always, but more often than not, if a casserole has these five components to its name, it can do no wrong. Starch, protein, veggies, sauce, and cheese come together to create the perfect casserole.
You can freestyle on the types of ingredients you use, but if you stick to this casserole anatomy, you are likely to create something amazing.
What State Is Known For Casseroles?
While every state has its own love affair of casserole, where states like South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wyoming are concerned, the casserole is king.
Suiting the chilly weather of these Northern states, casserole is a winter-warming dish that gives the people exactly want they want – comfort.
Placing a hefty, crusted-top casserole on the family dining table, and proceeding to portion it out while its steam beckons from within is a special family moment indeed.
Casserole means something different to every family, as it is so versatile, everyone has their favorites.
However, the essence of what makes this family meal so perfect is captured in every casserole that’s being tucked into right now across America, and that is a special thing indeed.
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