25 Satisfying Casseroles for Cold Winter Nights

25 Satisfying Casseroles for Cold Winter Nights

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Kelli Foster
Nov 28, 2016

Cold winter nights beg the kind of comfort and ease only a casserole can deliver. It's the kind of meal that will satisfy your hunger and warm you from the inside out. From indulgent pasta bakes to flaky pot pies, these are the 25 casseroles that will carry you through winter.

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1. Easy Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Thanks to a few store-bought conveniences, this hearty one-pot pie is easy enough to make on a Tuesday night.

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2. How To Make an All-Star Baked Ziti

If what you're after is pure comfort food, it's hard to beat a casserole dish packed with noodles, marinara, and tons of melted cheese.

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3. French Onion Soup Casserole

This warming vegetarian casserole takes its inspiration from classic French onion soup. It's packed with caramelized onions, white beans, and mushrooms and topped with day-old bread.

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4. Turkish-Style Shepherd's Pie

Lemon zest mixed into the mash and Aleppo pepper and almonds added to the filling are just a couple of the ways the classic casserole is transformed into this Turkish-inspired version. It delivers a new flavor profile with the same cozy appeal we come to expect from shepherd's pie.

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5. How To Make Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese

This is the winning classic oven-baked mac and cheese recipe everyone needs in order to make it through winter.

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6. Ina Garten's Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Roasting the veggies and soaking (but not cooking) the noodles in hot water is Ina's secret to this crowd-pleasing vegetarian lasagna.

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7. Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

This version of carbonara employs spaghetti squash as the main star, and is baked into a luxurious casserole that will warm your pasta-loving heart in exactly the same way.

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8. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Bake

This is the ultra-cozy casserole that lets you get your fill of carbs and zesty Buffalo chicken wings in the same bite.

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9. Chickpea Casserole with Lemon, Herbs & Shallots

This meatless casserole is made for weeknights, when you crave something hearty without being heavy. It builds its foundation on brown rice and protein-rich chickpeas and gets a boost of creaminess from cottage cheese and yogurt.

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10. Deep-Dish Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry

This version of shepherd's pie plays with the regional flavors of India. It swaps classic lamb in favor of chicken, and finishes with a topping of creamy sweet potatoes.

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11. Tomato, Broccoli & Mozzarella Pasta Casserole

Like most pasta-filled casseroles, this one comes stacked with versatility. Consider swapping the bland tomatoes of winter with canned or sun-dried tomatoes, or even making a meatier version with crumbled sausage.

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12. Vegetarian Root Vegetable Pot Pie

Hearty root vegetables, like carrots, parsnips, turnips, potatoes, and celery root, take the lead in this super-savory pot pie. Get a head start by making the filling up to two days in advance.

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13. Lighter Baked Mac and Cheese

For the nights your heart is torn between a decadent cheesy casserole and a wholesome salad, there is this lighter version of mac and cheese. It calls for cottage cheese and sour cream, plus some spinach for good measure.

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14. Turkey (or Chicken) Noodle Casserole

Don't have turkey on hand? Grab a rotisserie chicken to help you bring this nostalgic casserole to the dinner table.

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15. King Ranch Casserole

Filled with Texas flair, this loaded casserole boasts layers of toasted flour tortillas smothered in a cumin- and chili powder-spiked cream sauce, along with shredded chicken and lots of grated cheese.

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16. Skillet Mac and Cheese

Consider this your weeknight-approved mac and cheese — the kind you can make after a long, hectic day without resorting to the boxed stuff.

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17. Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna

The cheesy, saucy filling and tender layers of noodles are just what you need satisfy your hunger, with leftovers to boot.

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18. Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Cold winter nights call for hunkering down with the coziest of comfort foods. This dish answers that call by turning loaded baked potatoes in a hearty casserole fit for a crowd.

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19. Italian Sausage and Peppers Baked Ziti

This is the dinner that delivers a two-for-one deal and shows you how to bring baked ziti and sausage and peppers to the table in the same dish.

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20. Cheesy Lentil, Mushroom & Rice Bake

This, my friends, is how to instantly turn lentils into a comfort food. Melty cheese, meaty mushrooms, nutty brown rice, and plenty of fresh herbs up the ante on this protein-rich meal.

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21. How To Make Vegetarian Thanksgiving Lasagna

Thanksgiving might be in the rearview mirror, but this lasagna — layered with a double dose of roasted squash, a creamy crème fraîche and pumpkin sauce, and shredded Fontina — is a recipe we're keeping on the dinner roster all winter long.

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22. Deep-Dish Pastitsio

This homey Greek casserole — made with pasta, meat, creamy béchamel, and cheese — delivers big flavor and comfort in equal doses.

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23. Pork, Pumpkin, and Cornbread Casserole

This Tex-Mex pumpkin casserole is born of leftovers and pantry staples, and is the kind of recipe that deserves a spot on the mid-week dinner roster.

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24. Chicken & Swiss Chard Pasta Bake

Lean on leftover chicken or a rotisserie bird from the grocery to bring this satisfying pasta full of winter greens to the table in a snap.

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25. Wild Rice and Kale Casserole

This casserole is the homey main dish fit for the vegetarian at the table.

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