15 Cozy Old-Fashioned Casserole Recipes Perfect For Fall — Eat This Not That

There’s nothing quite as delicious, or comforting, as a freshly baked casserole enjoyed during brisk fall weather. For hundreds of years casseroles, which has a name that comes from the French word for “saucepan,” have been gracing tables all over the world. In fact, the oldest written casserole recipe dates all the way back to 1250. Throughout the last one hundred years or so casseroles have especially grown in popularity in the United States, making appearances at everything from Southern potlucks to funeral luncheons.

Although the casserole has been around for what seems like forever, it is still a modern-day favorite. It is a dish that not only is perfect for holiday menus, but it is also a simple-to-make meal that works great for family dinners and impromptu get-togethers.

From traditional green bean casseroles to a vegetarian take on a uniquely-named classic, here are 15 of the best old-fashioned casserole recipes that will transport you back in time. Plus, don’t miss 16 Old-Fashioned Chocolate Desserts That Everyone (Secretly) Loves.

Sweet potato casserole goes back hundreds of years. This particular recipe for it is inspired by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, the famous chain restaurant that tops its sweet potato casseroles with chopped pecans and melted butter.

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Made using canned tuna, egg noodles, and cheddar cheese, the tuna noodle casserole rose to popularity in the 1950s when housewives added it to their dinner recipe rotation. What once started out as a dish served mainly in Middle America quickly became an American staple. We especially love how the casserole top is sprinkled with crushed potato chips, which gives this dish the perfect amount of crunch.

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If you’re looking for a way to sneak more vegetables into your diet, try this delicious old-fashioned broccoli casserole filled with cream of mushroom soup, cheddar cheese, and herbed stuffing. Believe it or not, the broccoli and cheese casserole has been gracing dinner tables since the 1800s—in 1886 French-Canadian immigrant Elmire Jolicoeur thought up this tasty dish at his New Hampshire cottage. The rest is history.

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This no-fuss recipe is a vegetarian take on the popular vintage dish, Shipwreck Casserole. Made from a tasty combination of tomato soup, chopped onion, and baked beans, crumbled tempeh takes the place of ground beef in this plant-based variation.

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This old-fashioned chicken casserole is incredibly easy to whip up. All you need is chicken, cream of chicken soup, milk, butter, and store-bought stuffing mix. You can also pick up a rotisserie chicken, instead of beginning with raw chicken, to make for even easier prep.

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Get your Tex-Mex fix with this King Ranch Chicken Casserole recipe. Named after one of the largest ranches in the United States, this dish combines the flavors of cream of mushroom soup, bell pepper, onion, and green chiles. The bottom of the baking dish is also lined with tortillas or tortilla chips for a delicious surprise.

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Make your vegetable dishes a bit more exciting with this easy recipe. Made using sliced zucchini, sour cream, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese, this simple dish tastes great served alongside roasted chicken and baked salmon.

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Put your fall produce to good use with this Southern Squash Casserole recipe. This traditional Southern casserole combines cooked yellow squash, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and crushed Ritz crackers for a flavorful side that you’ll want to eat year-round.

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A mainstay in Southern kitchens, chicken and rice casserole is a must-try. There are many different takes on this simple-to-make meal, but this particular variation is topped with a secret ingredient—powdered onion soup mix. If you’re looking for new comfort food, then this is it.

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Jiffy, the iconic cornbread brand, decided to create its own take on corn casserole in the middle of the twentieth century. Once known as “Corn Bowl” and then “Spoonbread,” the recipe for Jiffy corn casserole first appeared in the 1960s as a tear-off sheet found in grocery stores. Many years later this dish is still a barbecue and Thanksgiving classic. This specific rendition is made without eggs.

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For nearly seventy years green bean casserole has been a must-have for family dinners all over the United States. Invented by a Campbell’s Soup Company employee in the 1950s, this casserole was once referred to as a “green bean bake.” This recipe offers a more elevated version that has ingredients such as white wine, soy sauce, and gruyere.

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Pineapple makes an unexpected appearance in this old-fashioned pineapple casserole recipe. Made using pineapple, brown sugar, cheddar, and crushed Ritz crackers, this exciting dish is especially well-known down South where they often serve it during potlucks and holidays.

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Cheesy potato casserole, although delicious, has a pretty interesting backstory. For instance, this dish is believed to have originated in the Midwest where it was often served during funerals. In fact, this side is sometimes referred to as “funeral potatoes.” Today it appears on the table during potlucks, holidays, and family dinners.

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This mouth-watering recipe combines two old-school foods into one—chicken pot pie and casserole. Made using juicy chicken, chopped vegetables, and white whole wheat flour, this dish is great for meal prep or serving larger families.

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Tater tots may be associated with breakfast, but why not transform them into a casserole that can be served during any time of the day? Also known as “hotdish,” the tater tot casserole first appeared decades ago in Minnesota.

Get the recipe from The Cozy Cook.

Get cozy this fall by pulling out these old-fashioned casserole recipes. There’s something for everyone on this comforting list.


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