If you stick to this basic formula, you can put together a casserole in minutes that will be enough to feed the whole family. As long as you have the basics (listed in the chart above), the ingredients can easily be tailored to suit your taste.
The basics are:
- One main ingredient (usually protein)
- One secondary ingredient (usually vegetable)
- One starch
- One binder (with milk or water to make it creamy)
- One topping
Mix everything together (except for the topping), pour into a greased casserole dish and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes covered. During the last 5-10 minutes, bake uncovered to allow the topping to brown.
I love preparing a chicken casserole that combines chicken, mixed vegetables, egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup and a little milk. I top it with some cheese and breadcrumbs to give it a extra little flavor and crunch. What’s your favorite casserole?
Love the simple breakdown!
Appetite for Conversation says
I just found your blog and I love it, especially your layout! I like to keep simple in the kitchen, too, so we speak the same language. ;) Thanks!
Thanks for the formula. It makes it sound so easy!
How To: Simplify says
Julia: I'm glad to hear you liked the breakdown!
Appetite for Conversation: Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm so happy to hear that you love it! I hope you visit often, especially since we both love to simplify our time spent in the kitchen!
Frances: You're welcome! I'm glad you liked the post! I hope it helps the next time you decide to prepare a casserole!
Awesome! Always love checking in your site!
Love the formula! This makes making casseroles so much easier!
Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker says
This.Is.Awesome. Great formula for building any type of casserole!!
Cookin' Canuck says
This is such useful information for anyone wanting to put together a casserole with items already in the fridge and pantry.
So useful, thanks. I just put one together with shrimp, broccoli, pasta, homemade bechemel, goat cheese, & chopped sundried tomatoes. It just went into the oven so I hope it turns out!
Thank you for this formula! It turned out great. I used rotisserie chicken meat, brown rice, onion, canned peas and beans, fresh corn, and mixed it with cream of mushroom and sour cream, and finally topped with cheddar cheese. Tasted like a chicken pot pie and there’s nothing wrong with that. :)
Schimica J. Gauldin says
Thanks! I really needed this recipe.