5 Cheap and Cheerful Casseroles

Casseroles are a great trick to have up your sleeve when you want to feed a crowd on a budget. Our recipes use only fresh ingredients (no canned soup here!) for a wholesome and hearty meal for less than $4 per plate.

1. Savory Chicken Cobbler with Corn & Fennel

With a thick, stew-like base and a biscuity topping, this casserole is chicken pot pie meets chicken and dumplings – plus a whole lot of fresh veggies.

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2. Garden Spaghetti Casserole

Brimming with colorful, fresh-picked summer vegetables, this casserole makes a great meatless entrée or, in smaller portions, a hearty side dish. 

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3. Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This enchilada-inspired casserole has a mild heat that’s balanced by cooling yogurt. If you already have cooked chicken on hand, you can skip the first step – if doing so, you’ll only need 2 cups broth.

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4. Shrimp, Sausage and Veggie Jambalaya

While it’s not traditional to cook jambalaya in a skillet – it’s typically made in a pot – spreading it out helps it cook more quickly. It also means the top can get sprinkled with panko and finished under the broiler, adding a crunch that complements the hearty mixture.

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5. Squashy Sloppy Joes

This veg-heavy version of the classic stove-top casserole – featuring both winter and summer squashes – is served over whole-wheat buns to sop up every delicious drop.

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