13 Best Italian Casseroles (2022)

These Italian casseroles will bring your ordinary lunch and dinner meals to the next level.

Bring the flavor of Italy to your American home with these surprisingly easy recipes!

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If you’re getting bored with your usual casserole dishes, it’s time to level up.

Give your tastebuds something new and exciting, but without slaving in the kitchen.

These casseroles are exactly what you’ll need. They draw inspiration from Italian cuisine, so you already know they’re beyond delicious.

And since they’re casserole recipes, they’re a cinch.

To sum up, these recipes are both delectable and a breeze to make. And aren’t those the two things you’re looking for in a recipe?

It’s impossible to pick the best one, so here’s a suggestion: try them all.

1. ​​Baked Ziti Casserole

Nothing beats the comfort that a scrumptious bowl of baked ziti does.

This meaty and cheesy casserole is all you’ll need if you’re feeling a little under the weather.

With its familiar, comforting flavors, baked ziti is happiness in a bowl.

The thing I love about this particular recipe is that it doesn’t only have one, but three kinds of cheeses that envelop the ziti noodles.

You’ve got gooey mozzarella, nutty parmesan, and sharp and crumbly provolone all in one.

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2. Italian Noodle Casserole

This Italian noodle casserole has the magical combination of pasta noodles, meaty tomato sauce, and lots of cheese.

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This trio of components never disappoints.

What’s not to love? The noodles are wonderfully firm and chewy – the perfect al dente texture.

Provolone, yogurt, cream cheese, cheddar, and parmesan make it ridiculously rich and creamy, while the tomato sauce gives it a sweet and refreshing flavor.

The ground beef is perfectly seasoned with garlic and Italian seasoning and made even more substantial with colorful vegetables.

3. Italian Rice Casserole

Let’s take a break from the pasta recipes and say hello to this decadent rice casserole. This dish definitely won’t be faulted for being boring.

Arancini, or Sicilian rice balls, are transformed into a casserole dish bursting with flavor.

Loaded with rice, chicken sausage, peas, marinara sauce, and mozzarella, this is one rice dish you won’t soon forget.

It’s a super easy meal that can feed a crowd. And trust me, it’s a guaranteed hit.

You can even make it ahead of time, which is great, especially when you’re planning to host a party. Just reheat it on the day of your gathering, and voila.

4. 5-Ingredient Italian Sausage Crescent Roll Casserole

It’s hard to believe that this outrageously delectable casserole only calls for five ingredients. But it’s 100% true.

It has a layer of flaky and buttery pastry crust at the bottom, perfectly seasoned meat filling in the middle, and two kinds of cheese on top.

It’s baked to bubbly perfection, giving you a casserole that’s just as delicious as it is stunning to look at. It’s a culinary masterpiece!

5. Chicken Parmesan Casserole

What do you get when you combine breaded chicken, pasta, marinara, parmesan, and mozzarella? Nothing but excellence, that’s what.

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This is the classic chicken parmigiana in casserole form. I love how it combines two of my most favorite things in the world: chicken parm and pasta.

Together, they create a phenomenal mash-up of flavors. This tasty and hearty dish is definitely one for the books.

Fortunately, it’s easy enough to be added to my weekly meal rotation.

6. Italian Meatball Casserole

While meatballs seem like they require a lot of time and effort to prepare, they’re in fact, a breeze to make.

Heck, you can even whip them up even if you’re in a hurry. Don’t worry – helpful tips are shared in this recipe.

Covered in refreshing marinara and melty cheese, these meatballs might just be your newest favorite.

Serve this dish with rice, use it to make a meatball sub, or devour the balls on their own.

7. Italian Ground Beef Casserole

This is just like your favorite bolognese but taken to the next level.

Al dente pasta noodles coated with a meaty tomato sauce – this already sounds amazing enough as it is.

But what happens when you top it with cheese and pop it in the oven?

Magic. That’s what.

This beef casserole takes the classic pasta to new realms of deliciousness!

It’s the kind of pasta you can’t just have one serving of. Doubling the recipe is highly recommended.

8. Spicy Italian Chicken Casserole

If you want a dish with a little bit of a kick, look no further than this chicken casserole.

First of all, let’s talk about how outrageously crispy that skin is.

The thing I dislike about most, sauce-based dishes is how they turn chicken skins soggy.

That’s why I appreciate how this dish maintains the integrity of the chicken skin. It really makes all the difference.

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Then there’s the sauce, which is a bright combination of tomato sauce, bell peppers, capers, and olives.

It’s cooked in wine, which gives it a fancy spin, and it’s spiced with red pepper flakes, which makes things more exciting.

9. Italian Vegetable Casserole

Level up your vegetable game through ample seasoning and roasting.

This casserole is a medley of root vegetables, tomatoes, squash, and bell peppers.

Each veggie is seasoned perfectly with olive oil, garlic, and oregano, which amps their flavors like no other.

Next, they’re popped in the oven and roasted to golden perfection. It creates a crisp exterior that adds another textural layer to the already-spectacular dish.

From the colors to the flavors to the textures, this casserole gets tens across the board.

10. Italian Breakfast Casserole

If you’re in the mood for a decadent breakfast, indulge yourself in this insanely appetizing casserole. Your morning meal has never tasted better.

This breakfast casserole is all you need to get pumped in the morning!

Packed with sausage, onions, eggs, sun-dried tomatoes, and flavorful spices, this dish is both aromatic and scrumptious.

Just by looking at all the colors, you can already tell just how delectable this is.

Here’s the best part: this casserole is paleo and whole30-friendly. It’s for everybody to enjoy.

11. Italian Beef Casserole With Red Wine

Anything cooked in red wine screams elegance and sophistication. This beef casserole is no exception.

You’ll love how the beef is so fork-tender, it almost melts in your mouth.

Rosemary, garlic, and juniper give it an earthy flavor, while the red wine reduction adds a subtle fruitiness.

As if it couldn’t get any better, the casserole also has slices of smoked bacon. It’s the best dish any meat lover can ask for.

12. Baked Sicilian Anelletti Timballo

Its foreign name might intimidate you, but this casserole is actually a lot easier to make than you think.

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A timballo is a baked pasta dish made of anelletti (small, round-shaped pasta noodles), bolognese sauce, peas, ham, and cheese.

It has caciocavallo, which is an Italian curd cheese, in it, as well as Parmigiano Reggiano and bread crumbs on top.

13. Zuppa Gallurese

Zuppa Gallurese is an Italian comfort food that hails from the region of Sardinia.

It’s a delicious casserole of layered ciabatta bread and cheese bathed in a delectable beef broth.

The result is a savory and cheesy bread pudding that’s so good, it’s hard to stop eating.

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Do you cook Casseroles before freezing? ›

If the casserole you're making has raw meat in it, you should absolutely bake the dish to the full temperature before you cool and freeze it. If it has pre-cooked meat or no meat, you don't have to cook it at all. Freeze the casserole uncooked, and save the cooking for later.

Can you freeze Casseroles? ›

Yes, you can freeze casseroles, but some ingredients hold up better in the freezer than others. And while some casseroles are better frozen uncooked, others should be frozen after cooking, but more on that below.

Can I freeze breakfast casserole? ›

Baked casserole may be frozen, up to 2 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight and bake at 350ºF (177ºC) for about 20 minutes or until heated through. To freeze this casserole: you can freeze unbaked casserole up to 2 months. Cover very tightly with plastic wrap and foil.

What is casserole cooking? ›

The term “casserole” can refer to any dish prepared in a casserole dish—essentially a deep, wide baking dish—and baked in the oven. A casserole can have layers, as in the case of an Italian lasagna or a deep-dish pizza, or composed of some evenly distributed combination of veggies, a protein, and a starchy binder.


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