Five Ingredient Casseroles

Mac and cheese casserole
Mac and cheese casserole. Jeff Wasserman/Stocksy United

Casseroles are delicious, quick to make, and can serve as a one-dish meal. To me, they mean a combination of meat, pasta, rice, beans, or veggies with a sauce and perhaps a topping, baked in the oven until bubbly. These five ingredient casserole recipes make these wonderful dishes even better.

I have a large collection of casserole recipes and have altered many of them to use only five ingredients.

You, of course, are free to add more ingredients!

To save even more time, most casseroles freeze very well. Think about doubling a favorite recipe and freezing half for a later time. Check Freeze Ahead Casseroles for more information. Having a casserole ready and waiting for you is one of the best time savers in the kitchen, bar none.

Five Ingredient Casserole Recipes

  • Shepherd's Pie
    This rich and comforting pie is super easy. You could use mashed potatoes made from the dry flakes if you'd like.
  • Easy Lasagna
    Chunky pasta sauce with vegetables is the secret ingredient to this delicious lasagna. You can, of course, add more vegetables if you'd like.
  • Chicken Manicotti
    I love making this casserole because it's so fun to assemble. And it tastes great too.
  • Ziti Chicken Casserole
    Substitute any tubular pasta for the ziti in this easy recipe if you'd like. You could also use your favorite cheese if Muenster isn't your thing.
  • Chili Rice Casserole
    Now this is a classic! If you like it really spicy, use canned jalapenos and Pepper Jack cheese, plus add some crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Tuna Alfredo Casserole
    Alfredo sauce, again, makes this delicious casserole easy with lots of flavor. I'd add some corn and red bell peppers to this one.

Most of these recipes are very easy to make ahead (unless the meat has been only partially cooked). Just assemble them when you're in the kitchen, cover tightly with foil and refrigerate. When you're ready to eat, just pull the dish out of the fridge and bake, adding 10-15 minutes to the recipe's baking time. All you need is a salad and some bread and you have an excellent meal on the table in minutes.