6 Make-Ahead Casseroles for Back to School

Cheesy casseroles for the win! From Buffalo Chicken Lasagna to Tater Tot Casserole, we’re lining up a few of our faves in partnership with Castello Cheese.

Beef Chili Mac and Cheese

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Back to school means back to routines, and we're all about doing meal prep in advance so we can focus on tackling the rest of the busy day.

Casseroles are great because they often mean leftovers (and who doesn't love leftovers?) and they're a guaranteed way to feed a crowd.

From one-skillet meals to hearty breakfast casseroles, the very best back to school meals don't shy away from cheese, which is why we're excited to pull together a handful of our favorites to share with you today!


Bacon takes everything up a notch, and this broccoli cheddar casserole is no exception! A great make ahead side dish and back to school savior.

  • Turkey Black Bean Quinoa Bake

    Turkey Black Bean Quinoa Bake
    Elise Bauer

    This whole grain, protein-packed casserole isn't skimpy with the cheddar cheese! It's a great make-ahead contender, and leftovers are even better the next day.

  • Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

    Buffalo Chicken Lasagna
    Aaron Hutcherson and Emma Christensen

    Yes, blue cheese in lasagna. It's a thing. Think pillowy pasta noodles combined with the flavor of your favorite buffalo wings, all wrapped up in one winning casserole.

  • Chili Mac and Cheese

    Beef Chili Mac and Cheese
    Aaron Hutcherson

    Chili-spiced beef, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and onions join forces with elbow macaroni in this family-friendly favorite.


    With just a handful of ingredients, this cheesy breakfast casserole calls for tater tots, eggs, cheddar and sausage and makes a one-skillet breakfast casserole you can eat all week long.

  • Red Chili Chicken Enchiladas

    Easy Chicken Enchiladas in pan covered in red chili sauce and cheese
    Elise Bauer

    Simple make-ahead enchiladas with tender chicken, cheddar cheese and a bold homemade sauce guarantees you'll be eating well this week!