Any of the casseroles in my Freeze Ahead Casserole Recipes article can be made the day ahead and chilled instead of freezing. The baking time will be the same if, in the frozen casserole recipe, the dish is thawed in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
I like entertaining with these overnight casseroles, because you do all of the work ahead of time. Your kitchen will be spotless, and you can still pull a bubbling, savory casserole out of the oven. Add a bagged salad with a special dressing, and some garlic toast and you've got quite a meal.
And you can substitute just about any meat, cheese, or vegetable for another in these recipes. Use your family favorites, use what's in season in the grocery store, or use up what you've got in your pantry and freezer.
Overnight Casserole Recipes
- Spinach Chicken Enchiladas
Taco seasoning mix is combined with alfredo sauce to make a flavorful coating for chicken, onions, and spinach in this easy casserole recipe.
- Overnight Lasagna
One of the best things about this recipe is that you don't have to cook the lasagna noodles before assembling the casserole.
- Cheesy Mexican Strata
Stratas are casseroles made of bread layered with cheeses and meats, then topped with an egg milk mixture. When baked, the casserole is like a rich, savory french toast.
- Pizza Spaghetti Style
I love this recipe and make it often in the winter.
- Overnight Meatball Casserole
You can use frozen fully cooked meatballs in this great recipe, or make Easy Meatballs.
- Black Bean Lasagna
This hearty meatless entree is full of flavor and nutrition. Serve it with a crisp green salad and some taco chips with guacamole.
- Red and White Tortellini
Bake this casserole for the same time period as the recipe states. It's so easy and very delicious.
- Chicken Manicotti
The manicotti noodles soften in the sauce overnight, making them tender yet resilient. The baking time remains the same when the casserole is chilled.
- Creamy Chicken and Veggie Casserole
This rich casserole is topped with a fabulous cheese crumble topping. Yum.
- Minestrone Casserole
Ground beef, kidney beans, corn, tomatoes, and pasta combine in this hearty casserole that tastes like Minestrone soup.
- Cheesy Chicken Casserole
I love the combination of flavors and textures in this easy and colorful casserole recipe. It's good enough for company!
- Creamy Potato and Ham Casserole
Refrigerated potato wedges, ham, and a cheesy pasta sauce combine with green beans and a crisp bread crumb topping in this fabulous casserole recipe.