11 Savory Casserole Recipes for a Crowd

Published On 06/24/2015 Published On 06/24/2015

When you need to cook for a crowd, nothing's easier than a casserole. But, unfortunately, casseroles have a tendency to look (and taste!) pretty terrible. But not these 11 surefire dishes! We've separated the good from the totally inedible -- they look great, taste better, and even your pickiest friends will be coming back for seconds.

Courtesy of Le Crème de la Crumb

Sweet pork enchilada casserole

Layering slow-cooked sweet pork between tortillas, beans, and cheese sounds amazing on its own, but the cilantro-lime ranch dressing on top? We’re sold -- here!

What you'll need:

  • Shredded sweet pork
  • Cilantro-lime ranch dressing
  • Flour tortillas
  • Black beans
  • Mexican blend cheese
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Harissa and wild rice casserole 

This Middle Eastern-inspired dish is packed with spices, cheese, and veggies, plus it’s topped with prosciutto. Make it here.

What you'll need: 

  • Wild rice
  • Harissa
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Gruyere
Courtesy of Bev Cooks

Polenta, sausage, and spinach casserole

This genius casserole is juicy Italian sausage layered over thick medallions of polenta, then smothered in a sheet of mozzarella, so clearly you need this. Find it here.

What you'll need:

  • Italian sausage
  • Polenta
  • Frozen spinach
  • Marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
Courtesy of Spicy Southern Kitchen

Mexican chicken cornbread casserole

This badass dish is made in just 30 minutes and is covered in a massive sheet of cornbread, which is how every casserole should be topped. It’s here!

What you'll need:

  • Chicken
  • Corn
  • Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • Taco seasoning
  • Cornbread mix
 Courtesy of Mel’s Kitchen Café

Breadstick and pizza casserole

Handmade breadsticks are topped lattice-style over a meaty, pizza-style filling for a delicious (and pretty!) meal that’s ready in <1 hour. Make it here!

What you'll need:

  • Zucchini
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chicken or turkey sausages
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Breadstick dough
Courtesy of Gimmie Delicious

Cheeseburger casserole

When you’re too lazy for the grill, this beefy casserole has you covered in just 20 minutes. Find it here.

What you'll need

  • Pasta
  • Ground beef
  • Tomatoes
  • Dijon mustard
  • Cheddar cheese
Courtesy of Well Plated

Ham and cheese casserole with apples and sage

This modern meets classic casserole is ready in only an hour and brims with sweet-and-savory flavor. If you don’t like apples, skip them and use extra ham instead! It’s here.

What you'll need:

  • Whole-wheat penne
  • Ham
  • Apples
  • Fresh sage leaves
  • Cheddar cheese
Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Mexican casserole with roasted corn and peppers

This jam-packed casserole boasts everything from corn and bell peppers to refried beans, tortillas, and loooads of cheese. Recipe here!

What you'll need:

  • Peppers
  • Corn
  • Mexican cheese
  • Corn tortillas
  • Refried beans
Courtesy of Damn Delicious

Quinoa enchilada casserole

This no-fuss recipe amps up quinoa with black beans, corn, cilantro, avocado, and a heaping pile of cheese. Recipe here.

What you'll need:

  • Quinoa
  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  • Avocado
Courtesy of HowSweetEats

Pierogi casserole

Casseroles aren’t just great for main dishes, they’re perfect for sides, too. This recipe layers cheesy, buttery mashed potatoes over pasta, so you know it’s a crowd-pleaser. Find it here!

What you'll need:

  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Butter
Courtesy of Spicy Southern Kitchen

Chicken cordon bleu casserole

Classic cordon bleu (chicken stuffed with ham and cheese) is reinvented into a simple and delicious casserole topped with buttery Ritz crackers. Recipe here!

What you'll need:

  • Rice
  • Chicken
  • Ham
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Cheddar and Swiss cheese

Christine Fischer is a freelance writer dedicated to a strict diet of Champagne, cookies, and the occasional pizza. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.



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