With the hectic weekdays and cooking that goes into them, having easy casserole recipes for weeknight meals is ideal. They’ll feed a family and leftovers are a delicious lunch. Here are five Blue Ribbon recipes to have handy this holiday season.
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Your entire family will love Lori’s Quick and Easy Shepherd Pie. If you have leftover mashed potatoes it’s a great way to use them. If you don’t, boxed potatoes are great in a pinch.
Gravy adds tons of flavor to the meat and vegetable mixture. But, I liked the gooey cheese on top of the mashed potatoes best. A delicious and hearty dinner.
“This is a quick casserole version of hamburger steak with onions, brown gravy, and potatoes,” thinks Cheryl. “It is great comfort food and so easy to make!”
Between the onion soup mix and gravy mixes, there is plenty of seasoning in this dish. As this casserole cooks, the gravy thickens and the potatoes soak up all the flavor.
“My family asks for this dish at least once a month,” reveals Amanda. “Even people that don’t care for tuna love it!! It’s easy to make and tastes even better the next day.”
From the albacore tuna to the Swiss cheese, the flavor is a bit richer in this casserole. French fried onions are the crowning glory on top. Not only do they add flavor but make for a pretty presentation.
“We found this recipe in a kid’s cookbook years ago and altered it as our children got older,” shares Cathie. “It is for kids both the young and old at heart.”
I followed Cathie’s suggestions and loved the mixture of ground beef and pork. Pepperoni mixed in gives the casserole a little zip. Mozzarella cheese bakes to bubbly perfection.
“Different from so many chicken casseroles,” is how Deb Finney (Little Rock, AR) describes her Chicken, Spinach, and Orzo Casserole. “I have made it several times, with a caesar salad, bread for dinner.”
Deb is right, this recipe is very different from your average chicken casserole. The sauce and orzo are creamy. Spinach and sauteed mushrooms add a rich umami flavor.
When you’re stressed about planning a holiday menu or just don’t feel like cooking, these simple casserole recipes will make getting a weeknight meal on the table easy. Happy Pinching!