It’s about that time that we switch gears from spring eating to something more suited for the warm weather. When you think summer eating, visions of ketchup-laced hot dogs, smothered-in-sauce ribs and other staples are likely to come to mind. Casseroles, on the other hand, likely aren’t at the top of your brain. But maybe they should be. When you incorporate seasonal ingredients, this potluck power player can go well beyond the tired tuna casserole. Take your pick of Food Network’s best casseroles, from creamy sides to complete dinners.
Like tacos, loaded Beef and Cheddar Casserole (pictured above) is a dish with major staying power on your family’s weeknight dinner roster, especially since it’s ready in just under an hour. Simply pour beefy tomato sauce over wide egg noodles and bring on the cheese.
Put chili leftovers to good use with Food Network Magazine’s Chili-Corn Casserole. Unlike a from-the-pantry casserole of your past, this one tops a layer of polenta with fresh corn kernels for a fresh, sweet pop.
Just because you’re into vegetables doesn’t mean you’re not down for a hearty casserole. Vegetarian Tortilla Casserole fills every need you can think of, taking care of the herbivores, the budgeters and the gluten-intolerant.
Once tomatoes become plump and ready this summer, Giada’s Tomato Vegetable Casserole is a solid way to put them to use. The tomatoes may be the headliner, but yams, potatoes, peppers and zucchini are hidden beneath a Parmesan breadcrumb topping.
Make Swiss Chard Lasagna in lieu of the red-sauced classic. You may be able to fetch this hearty green from the store year-round, but Swiss chard is in its prime from June to August.
Warm-weather comfort foods don’t have to come with the same calorie slam as some of their counterparts. Follow in the footsteps of this Healthy Squash and Kale Casserole by adding a smaller portion of full-fat cheese for bigger flavor, and opting for brown rice.
Get more summer casserole recipes from friends and family:
Weelicious: Crock Pot Mexican Tortilla Lasagna
The Heritage Cook: Summer Vegetable Gratin (Gluten-Free)
Taste With The Eyes: Colorful Vegetable Casserole with Fresh Herbs and Cured Black Olives
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Summer Eggplant, Squash and Tomato Casserole
Red or Green: Spicy Cauliflower and Peppers Casserole
Domesticate Me: Caprese Quinoa Bake
Devour: 5 Picnic Potluck Ideas
Poet in the Pantry: Zucchini and Summer Squash Gratin
The Sensitive Epicure: Zucchini Souffle (Gluten-Free)
Cooking With Elise: Mexican-Style Lasagna
FN Dish: Dig Into Easy Summer Casseroles