If you’re a comfort food junkie, you may think you have to practically give up on casseroles come spring, but that couldn’t be further from the case. These casseroles featuring seasonal spring ingredients will have you just as excited to whip out your casserole dish as you were in December.
1. Roasted fennel with Reggiano recipe
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Early spring is the perfect time for this simple roasted fennel and Reggiano cheese casserole. This recipe is an elegant side for roasted chicken or ham, but it’s an essential go-to for those days when you forgot you promised to bring a side to the work picnic.
2. Broccoli and cheese casserole recipe
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The best part of spring? Broccoli and cheese casserole, of course. We like this recipe because it uses fresh (not frozen) broccoli but is still really simple.
3. Asparagus, mushroom and goat cheese egg breakfast casserole recipe
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Fresh spring asparagus can be paired with any available mushrooms in this simple, cheesy breakfast casserole.
4. Harissa, broccoli, spinach, wild rice casserole with crispy prosciutto recipe
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Comfort food isn’t just for winter. This broccoli, spinach and wild rice casserole amps up the flavor of these seasonal ingredients with harissa, a paste of spicy chili peppers and prosciutto.
5. Spinach rice casserole recipe
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This heritage recipe for spinach rice casserole is an amazing way to sneak healthy spinach and brown rice into your kids’ (or spouse’s) diet — just cover it with cheese, and don’t mention the spinach.
6. Avocado enchilada casserole recipe
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Believe it or not, avocados are in season during spring. Well, where I’m from, they’re available pretty much year-round (thank you, Mexico!) This avocado enchilada casserole topped with seasonal spring onions is a perfect weeknight meal.
7. Strawberry-rhubarb French toast casserole recipe
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Sweet breakfast casserole, anyone? You can make this strawberry-rhubarb French toast bake the night before and cook it up in the morning.
8. Loaded new potato casserole recipe
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Take advantage of the first spring potatoes with this hearty loaded new potato casserole recipe.
9. Split fava bean casserole (bessara) recipe
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This Egyptian casserole uses seasonal fava beans and green onions to create a healthy family meal with an international flair.
10. Broccoli mac and cheese recipe
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This mac and cheese casserole will please the kids while sneaking in a little healthy broccoli in their favorite way: covered in cheese.
11. Morel and asparagus lasagna recipe
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This veggie and sausage lasagna is loaded with spring ingredients. If you’re a vegetarian, try it without the sausage and using vegetable stock instead of chicken.
12. Cactus casserole with rice, ancho chilies and cheese recipe
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If you live in an area where you can get cactus, spring is the season to try this cactus casserole with rice, ancho chilies and cheese.
13. Carrot, parsnip and lentil casserole recipe
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Vegetarian definitely doesn’t mean bland. This carrot, parsnip and lentil casserole will have you coming back for seconds.
14. One-pan chicken, spinach, bow tie casserole recipe
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This delicious chicken and spinach casserole is cooked with the pasta for an easy, worry-free dinner.
15. Asparagus and chickpea casserole recipe
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This asparagus and chickpea casserole can easily be made gluten-free by substituting 1 tablespoon of potato starch for flour.
16. Kale and wild rice casserole recipe
Peppers, kale, cheddar cheese and bit of cumin will make this wild rice casserole a family favorite.