With fresh produce at its prime, summer is the perfect time for a colorful, scrumptious casserole.
All Southerners know that casseroles are truly one-dish wonders. Quick to prepare, easy to make-ahead (and even easier to clean up), plentiful enough for a crowd, and portable. It’s no wonder these comforting dishes have always been a regional favorite.
Though casserole recipes frequent our holiday menus each fall, these delicious, easy-to-make dinners and side dishes often fall off our recipe radars when the weather turns warmer. But, with fresh zucchinis, tomatoes, corn, and more waiting at your local Farmers' Market, begging to be baked, it just might be time to crown summertime the new casserole season.
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With a house full of kiddos and their friends all summer, it’s always good to have a made-ahead dish on hand. From our Zucchini-and-Spinach Lasagna to our Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta, some of our favorite summer casserole recipes will help you prepare for everything from last-minute summertime entertaining to a fun family dinner. To help you get started, here are eleven mouthwatering reasons to start popping casseroles into your oven this summer.
Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
If you’re looking for a true summertime trio, look no further than this zucchini, squash, and corn filled side dish.
Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
With broccoli and red bell peppers, and even colored tortellini if you’d like, this casserole is full of summer color.
Summer Squash Casserole
Recipe: Summer Squash Casserole
This summer side dish is a cinch to prepare and pairs perfectly with fried chicken for a true, Southern summertime lunch or dinner.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Squash Casserole
We love a good reason to pull out our slow cookers in the summertime. This casserole includes fresh, summer produce, like squash, onions, tomatoes, and zucchini, and is hearty enough for a main dish.
Recipe: Zucchini-and-Spinach Lasagna
Did you fill your Farmers’ Market basket to the brim with zucchinis? Pair your market picks with fresh basil and spinach, and bake with ricotta and flavored cream cheese for the perfect vegetarian casserole.
Savory Tomato Cobbler
Recipe: Savory Tomato Cobbler
Serve a scoop of tomato season heaven with this savory, summer favorite.
Recipe: Zucchini-Potato Casserole
This pretty layered presentation is a wonderful vegetable addition to a summer menu.
Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
Fresh broccoli is the secret to this delicious and surprisingly good for you casserole.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Herb Pastatta
An original Southern Living creation, pastatta is a comforting cross between a frittata and baked pasta.
Two-Cheese Squash Casserole
Recipe: Two-Cheese Squash Casserole
This two-cheese combo lets your summer squash take center stage.
Texas-Style Enchilada Casserole
Recipe: Texas-Style Enchilada Casserole
Fit for a summertime fiesta, this casserole will help your serve something with a bit of a kick this season.