Comfort foods can be messy. Delicious as they are, saucy, soupy and gooey dishes aren’t usually easy to transport either. Solve this problem by turning your favorite cozy meals into easy casseroles. Whether you’re feeding a crowd or wanting not-sad leftovers for work, these transportable, sliceable meals will not disappoint. Consider them the crème de la crème of casseroles.
The next time your spaghetti and meatballs craving strikes, try this hearty pasta casserole. Each bite is filled with tiny meatballs and pockets of gooey cheese, and the slightly crispy edge pieces will become your new favorite way to eat spaghetti.
Don’t choose between eggs and waffles for breakfast. You can have it all, plus some. Each bite includes everything you’d hope for on a weekend morning — waffles, sausage, eggs and potatoes — all covered in melted cheese.
Sloppy joes just got a lot less sloppy and a lot more appealing, thanks to cheese, macaroni and pickles (the crunchy and sour garnish helps balance out the rich and meaty dish). The unbaked casserole can be covered and refrigerated for a make-ahead meal. Bring it to room temperature and bake as directed before serving.
This dish may be called macaroni and cheese, but it tastes just like pepperoni pizza. A tip from our test kitchen: Don’t throw out the oil from your jar of sun-dried tomatoes. Not only does it take the topping here to a whole other level, but it’s also great drizzled on toasted bread or pasta.
The folks in Food Network Kitchen nicknamed this the “broken enchilada” casserole because the soft layer of cooked tortilla chips on the bottom reminded them of enchiladas. The crispy chip layer on top also reminds us of nachos. But this taco casserole is way easier than enchiladas and so much better than regular cheese nachos.