Put your favorite pan to work.
There are few things that Southerners won’t try to answer with a casserole, and a 13x9 casserole? Man, will that solve just about any worry or woe. This most versatile pan can be used for everything from savory and sweet breakfast casseroles to hearty and delicious pasta bakes, even sealing the deal with simple and easy cobblers and cakes for dessert. Our favorite 13x9 recipes are quick to prepare, incredibly portable, make-ahead friendly, and satisfying for any occasion. Your family deserves to dip into one of these warm, comforting dishes—and you deserve all the credit. (Your trusty ally, the 13x9 pan, deserves a little too.) Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner that will please the crowd or a party-worthy casserole for a special gathering, you can’t go wrong with any of these delicious 13x9 recipes.
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Hot ground sausage, flaky croissants, and Parmesan and Gruyère cheeses—need we say more? Throw it together in a 13x9 for a weekend brunch essential.
One-Dish Blackberry French Toast
Recipe: One-Dish Blackberry French Toast
This simple recipe will take your brunch to the next level and looks mouthwateringly impressive. This sweet casserole is a great option when you have guests to feed
Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
Filling up a 13x9 dish with savory smoked sausage, grits, and Cheddar cheese? You’re instantly set with a winning breakfast casserole that is guaranteed to warrant some recipe requests.
Recipe: Breakfast Enchiladas
This bright, filling breakfast casserole can be made ahead to have on hand for any occasion. Top with halved grape tomatoes, chopped fresh cilantro, and avocado for a pretty finish.
Praline-Pecan French Toast
Recipe: Praline-Pecan French Toast
Prepare this dish the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning for a perfect sticky and sweet praline-pecan French toast casserole that requires the most minimal cleanup. (It’s usually all gone by the end of the meal anyway!)
New Turkey Tetrazzini
Recipe: New Turkey Tetrazzini
This freshened-up version of the family favorite dinner uses loads of spinach, mushrooms, and buttery garlic-and-herb cheese. It’s the type of casserole that needs nothing else, except for perhaps some crusty garlic bread.
Pizza Casserole Deluxe
Recipe: Pizza Casserole Deluxe
This casserole is like throwing two everything pizzas on the table, but way better. It’s gloriously melty and filling and will win over adults and kids alike.
King Ranch Chicken
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken
This 13x9 casserole has become a heavyweight champion of weeknight dinners and potlucks alike. The cheesy Mexican dish is full of smoked chicken, sharp Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, green chiles, chili powder, roasted peppers, and toasted cumin.
Poppyseed casseroles are about as classic as it gets. Odds are, you’ve seen this comforting casserole everywhere from casual dinner parties to Mama’s house on a Tuesday. If it doesn’t use traditional egg noodles, it doesn’t deserve the name.
Recipe: Italian Casserole
This vintage 13x9 recipe makes a great throw-together casserole to have on hand during the holidays and busy weeks when leftovers rule the roost. You can even assemble this recipe in two smaller baking dishes, bake one for dinner and freeze the other for a later meal.
Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas
Chicken enchiladas never fail to give a crowd-pleasing and comforting dinner on any night, and the green chiles in this recipe give the perfect zing. Substitute beef or shredded pork for the chicken every so often to switch things up!
Savory Tomato Cobbler
Recipe: Savory Tomato Cobbler
This fresh, savory cobbler is perfect for spring and summer occasions. Stone-ground cornmeal adds texture to the biscuit-like crust, but you can use plain cornmeal or your favorite biscuit recipe.
Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
This absolutely loaded, completely satisfying 13x9 casserole has universal appeal thanks to cheese-filled tortellini, a crunchy pecan topping, and fresh broccoli. More cheese, veggies, and cream later—and you’re set with one of our all-time favorite weeknight staples
Okra and Rice Casserole
Recipe: Okra and Rice Casserole
This dish is simple and pretty as a picture, featuring a bevy of fresh summery ingredients. It packs a surprising amount of flavor from tender sautéed okra, sweet corn, Cajun spices, and buttery garlic breadcrumbs.
Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits
Is there anything more comforting than a piping hot, creamy chicken pot pie? We don’t think so either. This version tops your 13x9 with savory bacon-cheddar biscuits in lieu of the traditional pastry crust.
Savory Sweet Potato Bread Pudding
This isn’t your typical bread pudding, neither exclusively sweet nor savory. Teetering somewhere in between, this bread pudding is formed by baking cubes of French bread in a rich Parmesan custard with smoky bacon, spinach, and chunks of roasted sweet potatoes. It works just as well for dinner as brunch.
Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
Set your old-fashioned macaroni and cheese aside for a spell in favor of this deliciously smoky recipe full of a creamy smoked Gouda and Cheddar sauce, corkscrew pasta, and chopped smoked ham. The 13x9 dish makes sure you get a healthy serving of this crowd-pleasing casserole.
Baked Shells and Greens
Recipe: Baked Shells and Greens
This hearty, meaty baked pasta is easier to make than your go-to lasagna and way healthier to boot. Did we mention it comes together in just 30 minutes? Ground turkey and Swiss chard give an undercover healthy twist to the Italian supper.
Bacon-Brussels Sprout-Green Bean Casserole
This isn’t your Nana’s green bean casserole, but we’re pretty sure she would approve. Big chunks of thick-cut bacon, roasted Brussels sprouts, and water chestnuts make this 13x9 stand out in a crowd.
Recipe: Chicken-Spaghetti Casserole
This vintage classic is Mama-approved and never fails to satisfy a crowd. It includes some staple ingredients of many favorite Southern casseroles: chicken, butter, cheese, pasta, and a dash of hot sauce.
Vanessa's Make-Ahead Beefy Lasagna
We couldn’t do a roundup of 13x9 recipes without including this never-fail classic dish. This recipe is about as dependable as it gets and pulls together in a snap.
Two-Cheese Squash Casserole
Recipe: Two-Cheese Squash Casserole
Squash casserole fits in all year long in the South, from summer potlucks to Thanksgiving dinner. This super cheesy version gives a creamy, comforting twist to your old-fashioned recipe.
Crab C'est Si Bon
Recipe: Crab C'est Si Bon
This dish was born out of a love for artichokes and fresh lump crabmeat. Serve this piping hot 13x9 dish with baguette slices for spreading or even with cooked pasta on the side for tossing (spaghetti or linguine would be a good match here).
Recipe: Pecan-Peach Cobbler
Peach cobbler is about as classically Southern as it gets, but this recipe gets a great nuttiness from pecans that cut the sweet and tart flavor perfectly. Your family will keep dipping into this 13x9 dish until the gooey cobbler is all gone!
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
This old-fashioned cake is making a major comeback, and this simple 13x9 version makes it even easier to prepare and transport. It’s super moist, creamy, and chocolatey—a dessert trifecta.
Buttermilk-Glazed Cherry Sheet Cake
This sweet, but not too sweet, sheet cake works just as well for a weekend brunch side as an afternoon tea snack or after-dinner nibble. It's packed with bursting fruit and topped with an incredible buttermilk glaze.
Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Southerners love sweet tea so much that we're willing to make a dessert for it! This fun springtime dessert will make a pretty addition to any party, and if you're feeling rowdy, spin this into a tipsy cake by substituting up to two tablespoons of vodka or bourbon for the lemon juice in the frosting.