A casserole involves throwing various ingredients into a deep dish bowl that is then baked in the oven. Casseroles are relatively easy to cook and are typically a very hearty meal. Leftovers can also be kept in the casserole dish and easily stored in a fridge. This makes casseroles a convenient meal option. Below are just a few different casserole recipes that could be worth trying at home.
Sausage and cheese lasagna
Lasagna can be made with all kinds of ingredients. One hearty filling option to consider is Italian sausage and cheese. This goes great with garlic, onions and tomato. For an extra meaty option, throw in some ground beef too. There are many different types of Italian sausage to choose from some of which are sweeter and some of which are spicier – consider which one you prefer.
Vegan eggplant lasagna
You can also prepare a vegan lasagna. Roasted eggplant slices are ideal for getting that tender consistency. Tofu ricotta meanwhile makes a great cheese substitute, plus you can buy vegan pasta noodles that use semolina instead of egg. Throw in some lentils, garlic, onion and spinach for extra flavor (it’s a great dish for getting more veggies into your diet).
Cheesy chicken and rice casserole
Cheesy chicken and rice casserole can be made by mixing rice, chicken, broccoli and Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Chicken soup. The result is an easy and tasty rice dish. Of course, it’s possible to prepare chicken and rice casserole without canned soup – if you’ve got the time you can make your own creamy sauce using cheese, garlic, onions, milk and flour.
Broccoli and cauliflower gratin
This melt-in-your-mouth vegetarian dish consists of broccoli and cauliflower topped with breadcrumbs and lots of cheese. Adding in extra seasoning such as garlic, pepper, nutmeg and mustard can help to make it even more tasty. You can also add in onions. Check out this broccoli and cauliflower gratin recipe for more information.
Meatball and spinach casserole
Meatballs and spinach make for a great combo. Such a casserole is sometimes also loaded with cheese and pasta and known as a ziti. Alternatively, you can ditch the pasta and stick to cheese (you can also mix spinach with cream cheese to create creamed spinach). Give this dish some extra zing by throwing in lots of garlic or even some chilli pepper.
Classic beef bourguignon
This classic French dish consists of beef, beef stock and red wine. It also typically incorporates carrots, onions and garlic, and sometimes mushrooms and bacon too. Beef bourguignon is sometimes cooked on a stove or in a slow cooker, however it can also be baked in the oven in a casserole dish. Cook until the beef is soft and tender for the best result.
Shepherd’s pie with lamb
Shepherd’s pie consists of ground lamb, onions, carrots, tomato puree and worcestershire sauce. This is topped with mashed potato. The mince and veggies and the mashed potato are cooked beforehand and then baked together in the oven. There are a few variations of shepherd’s pie that you can try if you want to get more adventurous.
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