Casseroles can be family recipes that have been made for generations or modern recreations of classics meant to save you time in the kitchen. Regardless of the ingredients, a casserole is a recipe that includes a combination of vegetables, sauces, and often cheeses that are stirred together and baked creating an easy side dish. Sometimes they go by the name of casserole, but these recipes can be called bakes and gratins, too.
Whether they are gifted to the new neighbors who just moved in, served with family at the holidays, or presented to friends at a potluck, casseroles were meant to be shared. Most casserole recipes make enough to feed eight or more people and many can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen before baking.
Some casseroles focus more on the vegetables in an effort to offer a healthier option while others are downright indulgent to create the ultimate comfort food. This list of casserole side dishes gives you a little bit of everything for recipe ideas you can serve among family and friends all year long.
Cheesy Potato Casserole
The combination of potatoes and cheese is even better when the recipe is easy to make and loved by the whole family. These cheesy hash browns meet all of that criteria. Be sure to check out the “Dad Add” in this recipe if you’d like to spice things up a bit with serrano peppers.
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
This recipe turns a broccoli and cheese side dish into a quick casserole. The addition of bacon gives this one a little something special with a smoky flavor that is pleasantly unexpected.
Green Bean Casserole from Scratch
This recipe takes a holiday favorite that uses several processed ingredients and shows you how to make it all from scratch. You can put your touch on everything from the cream sauce to the crispy onions.
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole
This recipe takes plain spaghetti squash and combines it with two kinds of cheeses. It’s a casserole that can be made ahead and either refrigerated or frozen to bake later, just before serving.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
Cheesy Baked Cauliflower
Broccoli and cheese shouldn’t get all the attention when cauliflower is equally as tasty. This baked cauliflower is coated in a creamy, smooth cheese sauce. It’s a side that goes well with Smothered Pork Chops.
Brussels Sprouts, Mushroom & Goat Cheese Casserole
If you get bored with the cheddar in so many casseroles, branch out with this recipe that uses goat cheese! Almost like a holiday stuffing, this vegetarian recipe is hearty enough to pair with something simple like Spinach Salad with Roasted Grapes (with or without the bacon dressing).
Cheesy Baked Zucchini Noodle Casserole
If your past experiences with zoodles (zucchini noodles) is that they are a bit bland, this low-carb, gluten-free recipe will change your mind. Zucchini noodles are baked with crushed tomatoes and cheeses for a lightened-up, lasagna-inspired side dish.
Apple Sweet Potato Matzo Bake
Casseroles don’t have to be all vegetables! This dish combines apples and sweet potatoes with matzo for a layered, modern side dish inspired by matzo brei and ideal for a Passover dinner.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
This is our version of a classic, shareable side dish. Thinly sliced potatoes bake in a creamy sauce flavored with Swiss cheese and parmesan with bits of bacon, parsley, and chives. Try pairing this one with Glazed Baked Ham.
Potatoes Au Gratin
You can make this simple gratin as is or take the long list of suggestions for cheese swaps and herb or vegetable additions to make it all your own. Swap the gruyere for smoked gouda, add some rosemary, or sprinkle in some oregano.
Switch things up from the classic potato gratin and try this version with turnips. Tender peppery turnips are baked with bread, onions, and gruyere for a side dish that will add an innovative twist to the meal on your dinner table.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans
This traditional Thanksgiving casserole is given a special touch of flavor with the addition of lots of aromatic orange zest. Then the sweet potato filling gets a dose of seasonal spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and it’s topped with a crunchy, crumble-like pecan topping.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
When roasted Brussel Sprouts just aren’t exciting enough for a special occasion, turn them into a gratin! The cheesy sauce and bits of savory pancetta make this simple casserole an unforgettable side dish. It’s an especially good match for Smoked Turkey Breast during the holiday season.
Zucchini, Eggplant, Tomato Gratin
This recipe proves that not all gratins need to be made with potatoes. Summer vegetables are sliced and baked in this gratin with a little cheese, but without the heavy cream sauce. Swap in summer squash or mushrooms to switch this one up. It goes well with a lighter main dish such as Baked Tilapia in Lemon Butter Sauce.
Fennel is an under-used vegetable, especially as a gratin. But its vibrant flavor tastes even better when it’s baked in a cream sauce. This gratin uses mozzarella cheese and is topped with breadcrumbs for a little crunch with each bite.
Zucchini and Spinach Gratin
This vegetable side dish is the one to turn to when summer hits and you have more zucchini than you know what to do with. It’s loaded with two pounds of zucchini and bakes into a rich, savory side dish thanks to bacon, garlic, and parmesan.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
Cheesy Grits Soufflé Bake
Sour cream and cheddar make these baked grits incredibly rich and cheesy while whipped egg whites keep it light and airy as it bakes to create an irresistible souffle like dish.
Butternut Squash Apple Cranberry Bake
There’s no pre-sautéing or browning with this casserole dish and it’ll be ready to bake in just 15 minutes. When it’s not being served alongside turkey, Classic Baked Chicken or Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin are other entrees that could use this bake as a side.