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25 Best Summer Casserole Recipes

These summer casserole recipes are easy to make, and you can prepare them in advance. Not only are they deliciously convenient, most of them can be one-dish meals. It’s up to you whether or not to offer side dishes. I like to have one or two things on the side, but that’s my personal preference.

4 different summer casseroles

Easy Family Dinner

One of the things I love about casseroles is that they’re usually easy to make. In fact, since you can put everything together the day before, all you have to do is pop them in the oven when you’re ready to cook dinner.

Casseroles are also wonderful for those times when you’re in the mood for comfort food. The blend of flavors as you put each bite into your mouth lets you know that all is well in your world … or at least at your table.

1. Pork Chop Casserole with Tomato Gravy

pork chop with tomato gravy on a plate with green beans
Pork Chop Casserole with Tomato Gravy

This recipe is budget friendly since pork is still somewhat reasonably priced. And it often goes on sale. So pick up a pack of pork chops and make this delicious casserole with a southern style tomato gravy.

2. Beef Shop-the-Pantry Casserole

beef shop the pantry casserole in a pan
Beef Shop-the-Pantry Casserole

Here’s a delicious meal to make when you’re down to your last pound of ground beef and just a few pantry items.

3. Crock Pot Lasagna

lasagna on a plate and in a slow cooker
Crock Pot Lasagna

Like lasagna but don’t like all the steps? Then skip all of the tedious steps and make it in your slow cooker! It blew my mind that it turned out just as good as the traditional version. It’s super easy!

4. Beef and Rice Casserole

beef and rice casserole on a plate with steamed broccoli
Beef and Rice

Here is a basic casserole with lots of comforting flavor from fresh or leftover ingredients. You’ll also enjoy the fact that it’s budget friendly! I consider it a win when I can save money yet still feed my family a delicious meal!

5. Cheesy Zucchini Ham Bake

cheesy zucchini ham bake in a pan
Cheesy Zucchini Ham Bake

This recipe is easy and flexible. You can serve it over rice, noodles, potatoes, or even toast. And sometimes I serve it all by itself! I love the flexibility!

6. Shepherd’s Pie

serving of shepherd's pie
Shepherd’s Pie (American version)

Here is the American version of a popular British recipe. We love our cheese in this country! However, if you’re a shepherd’s pie purist, just leave it off. I sometimes do that when someone can’t have dairy.

7. Tuna Noodle Casserole

tuna noodle casserole in a bowl beside a pan
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This classic dish from Back to My Southern Roots is economical, delicious, and filling! What more could you ask for?

Summer Casseroles for a Crowd

When I’m cooking for a crowd, I try to keep several things in mind. First, I want the flavors to be as universally popular as possible. Second, I want to have enough servings so most people can have seconds. After all, if it’s good, the hungriest people in the crowd will go back for more. And third, it needs to be economical. Food can be very expensive, so I look for ingredients that won’t break the bank.

8. Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

hamburger tater tot casserole in a pan
Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

This is my go-to dish when I have a lot of hungry mouths to feed. If more people than I expect show up, I’ll add another handful of Tater Tots. Serve it with a side salad or a bowl of fruit. 

9. French Toast Casserole

serving of french toast casserole with bacon and syrup
French Toast Casserole

We like this for breakfast, brunch, or dinner. We enjoy it with a side of bacon or this homemade sausage. In our family, this is a special occasion food … or something we enjoy when we need a mood boost!

10. Italian Beef and Cabbage Casserole

Italian beef and cabbage casserole on a plate and in a pan
Italian Beef and Cabbage Casserole

Low carb but delicious, this casserole is filling and loaded with some of your favorite flavors. I enjoy it when I go into Keto mode.

11. Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

serving of loaded baked potato casserole
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

I started out serving this as a side dish. However, it didn’t take long before I turned it into a main dish because it’s so filling. Add any kind of protein that sounds good to you!

12. Salmon Casserole

slice of salmon casserole on a plate with a salad
Salmon Casserole

Looking for a recipe for canned salmon? This recipe is perfect! Or if you have leftover fresh salmon, use that instead.

13. Ham and Potato Casserole

ham and potato casserole on a plate
Ham and Potato Casserole

This classic combination of ingredients has turned out to be another of our favorite comfort foods. This is definitely one of our favorite one-pan meals.

14. Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Tater Tot taco casserole with slices of avocado and salsa
Taco Tater Tot Casserole

Add some excitement to your Tater Tots by giving them some Tex Mex flavor in this taco Tater Tot casserole. I love to look around the table and watch the smiles as people enjoy this delicious dish!

15. Layered Hamburger Casserole

Serving of hamburger casserole
Layered Hamburger Casserole

Make this one in the slow cooker. Start it first thing in the morning, and by dinnertime, you’ll have a delicious meal for a crowd.

16. Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole

beef and bean enchilada on a plate with chips
Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole

There’s no need to dine out when you can have this delicious enchilada casserole at home. You control the ingredients, and it’s much more budget friendly than restaurant food.

Summer Casseroles with Chicken

I love the versatility of chicken. When a casserole calls for chicken, most of the time you can use chicken breasts, chicken thighs, leftover rotisserie chicken, or even canned chicken.

17. Chicken Pot Pie

fork with a bite of chicken pot pie
Chicken Pot Pie

There are so many different ways to make a chicken pot pie. Since I have to avoid gluten, this is the way I make it. And the bonus is that it’s my husband’s favorite type of chicken pot pie.

18. Chicken Noodle Casserole

serving of chicken noodle casserole
Chicken Noodle Casserole

Here’s another comfort food that my family always enjoyed. You can use whatever chicken you have on hand, including rotisserie chicken or canned chicken.

19. Italian Chicken Casserole with Zucchini

Italian chicken zucchini casserole
Italian Chicken Casserole with Zucchini

Lots of flavor gives this one-pan meal an edge when it comes to satisfying a hungry family. You’ll love the fact that it’s as easy as it is delicious! This is one of the perfect summer casserole recipes when you have a lot of leftover zucchini.

20. Chicken Rice Casserole

chicken and rice casserole on a plate and in a pan
Chicken Rice Casserole

When you want a yummy, comforting meal that makes great leftovers, make this chicken rice casserole. It’s a great way to use canned or leftover rotisserie chicken.

21. Chicken and Biscuit Casserole

chicken and biscuit casserole on a plate
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When you want a delicious southern style casserole with chicken, make this one from Back to My Southern Roots.

Vegetarian Casseroles

Whether you’re a practicing vegetarian or simply enjoy having a “Meatless Monday,” these vegetarian casseroles are great additions to your meal rotation. Also, many of them can be adapted for a vegan diet. You might need to substitute a vegan cheese food or leave off a topping to make it work. But you can rest assured, knowing that you can enjoy a summer casserole that’s delicious.

22. Eggplant Parmesan

pan of eggplant parmesan
Eggplant Parmesan

Made with all fresh ingredients, this eggplant parmesans take this dish to a whole new level of flavor and nutrition.

23. Squash Casserole

Summer squash casserole in a pan
Squash Casserole

This is the casserole that people always requested from me for potluck dinners. It’s so delicious! Plus it’s an easy summer casserole recipe that you won’t mind making.

24. Broccoli Cheese Casserole

broccoli and cheese summer casserole in a bowl
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It’s easy to get the kids to eat their vegetables when you serve this yummy broccoli cheese casserole from Back to My Southern Roots!

25. Meatless Stuffed Manicotti Casserole

2 stuffed manicotti shells with melted cheese on top
Stuffed Manicotti

Whether you celebrate Meatless Monday or simply want to serve a delicious casserole that everyone will enjoy, this stuffed manicotti will bring smiles from everyone at the table.

What to Serve with a Summer Casserole

Man, woman, and child do not live by casseroles alone, even though they probably could if they wanted to. If you want to add more to the meal, try some of these delicious sides.

Cloud Bread – This light and fluffy bread is flourless, and it’s gluten-free. You’ll love the flavor of it with butter, honey, or all by itself!

Southern Style Cornbread – Anyone who loves southern style cornbread will appreciate this along with any casserole.

Potato Salad – My mama’s potato salad is the best. I know this because it was always the first salad to disappear at any family potluck.

Creamy Coleslaw – Crunchy yet creamy, serve this coleslaw with dinner to provide the perfect balance of flavors.

Broccoli Slaw – Add even more nutrition with this colorful and delicious broccoli slaw.

Make Extra Servings of Your Casserole for Leftovers

4 different summer casserole dishes

Any time you make a casserole, make sure there are extra servings to enjoy over the next few days. Most casseroles are good for up to a week in the refrigerator. Or put it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer. You’ll be able to pull it out up to 3 months later for another delicious meal!

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