20 Autumn-inspired casserole recipes to warm up the family

Oct 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. ET

You might think casseroles are a thing of the past, but they are surfacing again in kitchens all around the nation, hoping someone notices them. Their simplicity and ease of preparation made them a staple in the 1950s, so why not a comeback with our presently hectic lifestyles?

Casseroles are great recipe ideas for cold winter nights. They are simple to put together, can be made ahead of time (even the night before) and almost everyone loves them. Serve any of these casserole dish recipes with a big side salad and you've got a meal ready to go.

1. Butternut squash mac and cheese

Butternut squash mac and cheese

Blog: Two Peas and Their Pod

The perfect way to use your seasonal squash is this butternut squash mac and cheese. Healthy and comforting, using the squash adds not only flavor but great healthy benefits.

2. Garlic cashew chicken casserole

Garlic cashew chicken casserole

If you're a Chinese take-out addict, make this garlic cashew chicken casserole with crunchy noodle topping included and you'll never order takeout again.

3. Jalapeño cornbread and chicken verde bake

Jalapeño cornbread and chicken verde bake

Blog: Krafted Koch

Spice up your nightly dinners with this recipe for jalapeño cornbread and chicken verde bake. A full meal when served alongside a salad of mixed greens, it's a great idea for adventurous eaters.

4. Cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole

Cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole

Blog: Mom On Time Out

The classic combination of cheese, chicken and broccoli come together to make this cheesy chicken broccoli and rice casserole a new staple at your family dinners.

5. Savory vegetable bread pudding

Savory vegetable bread pudding

Blog: Taste Love and Nourish

Unlike its sweet cousin, this savory vegetable bread pudding has nothing sweet about it. It's packed with savory vegetables and a cheese egg custard that will have you cheating on dessert bread pudding.

6. Butternut squash gratin with sage pesto and gorgonzola

butternut squash gratin

Blog: Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Adding intensely flavored ingredients like a sage pesto and blue cheese make this butternut squash gratin with sage pesto and gorgonzola a star on your dining room table.

7. Turkey sausage and mushroom spaghetti squash casserole

Turkey sausage and mushroom spaghetti squash casserole

Blog: Cupcakes and Kale Chips

This turkey sausage and mushroom spaghetti squash casserole is a great way to get a balance of protein from the turkey sausage and vegetable goodness from the mushrooms and squash.

8. Baked Tex-Mex mac 'n' cheese tortilla casserole

tex-mex mac and cheese casserole

This delicious baked Tex-Mex mac 'n' cheese tortilla casserole is a tasty recipe idea to bring to a potluck dinner.

9. Curried chicken rice casserole

Curried chicken rice casserole

Blog: A Cedar Spoon

Bring a little spice into your daily routine with this curried chicken rice casserole.

10. Lentil shepherd's pie

lentil shepherd's pie

Blog: Simple Bites

This lentil shepherd's pie is layered with a sweet potato mash and is a complete meal for Meatless Monday or any day of the week.

11. Southwestern chicken casserole

Southwestern chicken casserole

Blog: Fit Foodie Finds

Southwestern chicken casserole is like all the insides of a delicious burrito, baked to perfection.

12. Fall tortellini bake

Fall tortellini bake

Blog: Chelsea's Messy Apron

Packed with sweet potato, mushrooms, sweet bell peppers and sweet peas, this fall tortellini bake is incredibly customizable and so comforting.

13. Turkey and wild rice casserole

Turkey and wild rice casserole

Blog: Lemons for Lulu

Introduce wild rice to your family by making this turkey and wild rice casserole.

14. Spicy smoky ratatouille casserole

Spicy smoky ratatouille casserole

Blog: Tori Avey

Use up the last of the summer produce to create this gorgeous spicy smoky ratatouille casserole.

15. Chicken and kale casserole

Chicken and kale casserole

Blog: Rachel Cooks

Everyone loves pasta bakes and this chicken and kale casserole is just that, with the added protein and leafy greens.

16. Pumpkin and ricotta pasta casserole

Pumpkin and ricotta pasta casserole

Pumpkin, it's not just for baking desserts and pumpkin spiced lattes. Bake up this pumpkin and ricotta pasta casserole, a cheesy and delicious casserole recipe.

17. No-mess taco casserole

No-mess taco casserole

Blog: Fit Foodie Finds

Taco night just became your favorite with this no-mess taco casserole.

18. Individual chili casseroles topped with cornbread

Individual chili casseroles topped with cornbread

Perfect to prepare ahead and serve at a casual get-together, these individual chili casseroles topped with cornbread can be customized to your liking of spiciness.

19. Tzimmes

Tzimmes

Blog: Cupcake Project

Tzimmes, a traditional Jewish dish, is composed of root vegetables, pineapples, apples and dried nuts and fruits. Unique, this is a must-try.

 20. Mexican quinoa and sweet potato casserole with chipotle yogurt sauce

Mexican quinoa and sweet potato casserole with chipotle yogurt sauce

Blog: Fit Foodie Finds

This Mexican quinoa and sweet potato casserole with chipotle yogurt sauce is loaded with flavors, textures and healthy ingredients like whole grain quinoa, sweet potatoes and tangy yogurt.

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