Source: Buns in My Oven
Those cold winter nights get busy quickly. You’ll want to stay ahead of the game with these easy freezer casseroles that put comforting, warm meals on the table on a chilly winter night.
1. Chicken Parmesan Meatball Casserole
Source: Buns in My Oven
My very own chicken Parmesan meatball casserole takes out all the hard work by eliminating the frying. Easy chicken meatballs, pasta, cheese and marinara come together for a quick and comforting dinner.
- 1 pound lean ground chicken
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 pound campanelle pasta (any small shape is fine, such as ziti)
- 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook for 1 minute less than package directions state. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the meatballs. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and use your hands to mix them together well. Form into small balls, about 1 inch in diameter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink. Remove from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
- Add the pasta sauce to a large bowl and stir in the cooked pasta and meatballs. Stir gently to coat everything in sauce. Spread half of the pasta and meatballs into a 9×13 baking dish. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- To freeze this dish, stop just short of baking the casserole, cover tightly with foil, and freeze until ready to bake. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
2. Cheesy Ham, Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
Source: Jamie Cooks It Up!
This cheesy ham, chicken, and wild rice casserole starts with a couple of boxes of Rice-A-Roni and then gets loaded up with ham and chicken to make a comfort food classic.
3. Pizza Casserole
Source: Pocket Change Gourmet
This pizza casserole is endlessly adaptable. Toss in whatever pizza toppings your family prefers, prepare according to the directions, and instead of baking just pop it in the freezer to save for a busy night. When you’re ready to eat it, bake for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
4. Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Source: Recipe Girl
This chicken spaghetti, loaded with veggies, is sure to be a new family favorite. Prepare this as directed but freeze before baking. To cook, just bake for 45 minutes or until hot, bubbly, and oozing with cheesy goodness.
5. Cheesy Spinach Dip Casserole
Source: Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Cheesy spinach dip is one of my family’s favorite snacks and probably the only way to get them to eat spinach…until now! This casserole is the perfect spin on dip, turning it into dinner by adding pasta and chicken.
6. Enchilada Casserole
Source: Taste & Tell
Mexican night just got a little easier thanks to this enchilada casserole. You’ll want to keep this in the freezer and ready to go at all times! Just prepare everything according to the directions, but freeze before baking.
7. Cheesy Ham, Potato & Bacon Casserole
Source: Oh, Sweet Basil
This cheesy ham and potato bacon casserole will be a hit during those busy winter nights. Serve with a side salad and you have a complete meal.
8. Taco Casserole
Source: Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Here’s another tasty twist on taco night. This taco casserole is perfect for any taco lover and it’s great for the pasta lovers, too!
9. Chicken Noodle Casserole
Source: The Taylor House
Not only is this chicken noodle casserole perfect for a chilly evening, it would be a lifesaver when your house is full of the sniffles during flu season. Just pull it from the freezer and bake. Your little sick ones will thank you.