Casseroles — or as some of you may call them, hot dishes — are the heartbeat of the American weeknight meal, the powerhouse of the holiday potluck. If you’re like us, the very word conjures visions of grandma pulling out her red-and-white-checked cookbook and dumping meats, veggies, cheese and the ubiquitous can of soup into a single dish, popping it into the oven and serving it up piping hot in around half an hour.
Don’t get us wrong; there’s a certain nostalgic appeal to a meal made from canned ingredients, but these days, since we’re spending so much more time at home we’re more into having our groceries delivered right to our door (Instacart is our favorite) and spending some time preparing meals from scratch. More specifically, we’re on the hunt for a way to elevate the humble casserole into a modern culinary delight we can be proud to add to the potluck spread.
The common denominator in the old-fashioned, not-very-gourmet casseroles is canned soup. You know the kind we mean. They usually start with “cream of” and taste about as fun as we’d imagine binge-watching a season of The Apprentice would be. (Of course, there’s a time for a really good pre-made soup — and we’ve rounded up the best store-bought soups for stocking your pantry.)
From modern soup-free delights to revamped versions of your favorite canned soup standards, these contemporary casserole recipes will delight your family on any given weeknight — with no canned soup in sight.
A version of this story was originally published March 2019.
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