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Suggestions for good casseroles to make ahead and bake later?

Asked by sdeutsch (4263points) July 21st, 2008

I’m a life-long vegetarian, but my meat-eating friends just had a baby, and I’d like to make them a few dinners that they can just stick in the oven when they want them (or put in the freezer for later). I’m perfectly happy to cook meaty things – I just don’t know what to make. Any thoughts?

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simone54's avatar

You can always do some quick things….

Can of Tuna, Can of Mushroom Soup, Some Egg Noodles. Put it all together a bake it.

Box of instant Au Gratan Potatoes and Ham cubes. Same thing just mixed together.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Homemade lasagna is always welcome in my house. It’s warm and homey, and kind of reminds you of when everything was simpler.

You could make it with beef, or you could make vegetarian, either way.

There are a lot of great lasagna recipes right here:, and if you don’t like any of those, I recommend the Neely’s “Mama’s Lasagna” from the Food Network show “Down Home with the Neelys. It can be found here:

Congratulations to your friends, and best of luck with your cooking!

marinelife's avatar

The Shellfish and Macaroni Casserole in the old Joy of Cooking is wonderful. I make mine with bay scallops. It is delicious.

jlm11f's avatar

@ sdeutsch – i just wanted to tell you that i think that is a very sweet idea and very nice of you to do that for your friends!! :)

Knotmyday's avatar

apologies to the cooks Here is the Harried House-wife’s solution. Scroll to the bottom, the page appears to be under construction. You can snap together a casserole with very little forethought. Easy. Good. Mmmm.

marinelife's avatar

@Kmt OMG, you would do that and take it to a friend as a gift? For shame.

sdeutsch's avatar

Thanks for the great suggestions, guys! We took them some meatloaf and mashed potatoes this evening (yay, comfort food!), but we need more ideas for the rest of the week – I’ll definitely try some of these!

@chica: that lasagna from the food network looks great – and easy enough for a non-meat-eater to cook. Thanks!

@Marina: I’ve never made that Shellfish and Macaroni recipe, but it’s always intrigued me – I’ll give it a try!

susanc's avatar

Quiches are easy if you use those pie crusts in the red box from the store.
You probably already make quiche, but you could throw some bacon in for your meaty friends.

breedmitch's avatar

Mmmmm.. Quiche.

cooksalot's avatar

You can always stop by my recipe blog and check out what I have there. I’ll rustle up some recipes tomorrow and post them for you.

Knotmyday's avatar

@Marina- Yep. My forté is grilling. I’d bring brats, but they’re not as delicious the day after.

cooksalot's avatar

I’ve posted a few recipes and one is even a vegetarian one.

sdeutsch's avatar

@cooksalot: Thanks for posting so many great recipes! The Potato and Salmon Casserole looks great – I might try making that for myself too… And they love Mexican food, so I’ll definitely give the Taco Casserole a whirl too. Thanks!

Love your blog too – I’m bookmarking it for the next time I need tasty new recipes… =)

cooksalot's avatar

Just let me know and I can see if I have a recipe then I’ll post it there for you. Glad you like the recipes.

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