A casserole is more than the sum of its parts. A casserole is peak comfort, a tried-and-true, feel-good dish that contains all of the world’s best things. Creamy bases, crunchy toppings, and generally reheatable accoutrements make a casserole an object of convenience, but also worthy of deep affection and, yeah, love. Tons of it.
And casseroles aren’t only for big dinner gatherings—they can also become the centerpiece of a mouthwatering brunch, or serve as a quick weeknight meal if you have midweek cooking fatigue. A casserole is whatever you need it to be, which is why we’ve rounded up our favorite mains, sides, and crowd-pleasers. All you need is a Pyrex dish and a craving for sweet, sweet coziness.