30 Easiest-Ever Easter Casseroles You Can Make in Your 13x9
While Southerners serve up casseroles all year long, we especially rely on the often creamy, cheesy, comforting recipes when each holiday comes along. Thanksgiving? It’s basically a celebration of sideboard casseroles. Christmas? Classics like oyster casserole, corn pudding, and Christmas Eve lasagna come into play. Easter? Well, we’re glad you asked. Easter is a holiday that doesn’t necessarily scream “casserole” as much as its holiday counterparts, but then again we’d be confident to say that every Southerner wouldn’t dream of the post-egg hunt meal ever being casserole-less. (Unheard of! Preposterous!)
If you’re hosting Easter dinner this year, you’re going to need these easy and classic Easter casseroles on hand. Think forever favorites like macaroni and cheese, broccoli-cheese casserole, and the iconic pineapple casserole. And we even threw in a few main dish casseroles that’ll make feeding a crowd a total breeze. Even better, all of these recipes can be made in your trusty 13x9 baking dish. (Seriously, your guests might not even notice the ham.) Start planning your menu now, and be sure to include these 30 Easter casseroles for dinner this year.
Here's Why Pineapple Casserole Deserves A Spot On Your Easter Table
Recipe: Pineapple Casserole
We celebrate Easter with our finest china, starched tablecloths, gorgeous flower arrangements, and heirloom crystal glasses. So, it's only natural that we bring out our most prized recipes to match our beautiful tablescapes. This spring holiday is one of our absolute favorites to appreciate the new life of spring and to spend time together as a family. Easter dinner wouldn't be complete without this nostalgic Southern dish gracing the table. Made with chunks of juicy pineapple, crushed Ritz crackers, and shredded Cheddar cheese, Pineapple Casserole is a rich side dish recipe with an unlikely flavor combination. Although strangers may turn up their noses at the combination of pineapple and Cheddar cheese, we implore you to take a bite of this Easter side and be transported back to your Grandmama's house on Easter weekend. We don't need many variations on this iconic casserole, as there are few ways to make this Pineapple Casserole better than our six-ingredient recipe. Plus, if you need any other reason to try out this oh-so-Southern dish for Easter dinner, the recipe takes less than 40 minutes from start to finish.
Start your Pineapple Casserole by combining the sugar, flour, and pineapple juice in a medium bowl. This will create the thickened sauce for your casserole. Add in the pineapple chunks, and toss them thoroughly in the mixture. Spoon your pineapple into a casserole dish, and add a layer of shredded cheese. Next, you'll want to make the crispy Ritz Cracker crust. Similar to the topping of Poppy Seed Chicken, this crisp coating gives your casserole a buttery, rich texture that makes it all the more worthwhile. Pop the dish into the oven until bubbly around the edges (about 30 minutes), and be sure to serve it up with a large spoon – guests will want seconds. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Mac and Cheese with Ham
Combine two quintessential Easter dishes—macaroni-and-cheese and ham—into a single creamy, cheesy casserole. This deliciously smoky recipe is made with creamy smoked Gouda and Cheddar sauce, corkscrew pasta, and chopped smoked ham.
Recipe: Broccoli-Cheese Casserole
Convert any broccoli hater with this creamy casserole that is basically our most-perfect holiday side dish ever.
Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks
As much as we love those storebought fried onions, crispy leeks elevate this classic casserole into an Easter dinner-worthy side, especially if you're serving a more formal spread.
Savory Corn Pudding
Recipe: Savory Corn Pudding
Corn pudding is an Easter feast favorite, and this savory take can be made up to two days in advance. (As in, you won't miss out on the post-church festivities.)
Cheesy Potato Casserole
Recipe: Cheesy Potato Casserole
Say no to basic mashed potatoes this Easter. Add white Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses, and throw it all in a casserole dish? Now we're talking.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
These flavorful Brussels sprouts will give that touch of green to the table, whether you're serving lamb, ham, or pork.
Tater Tot Bake
Recipe: Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
This tater tot casserole will easily transition from Easter brunch to dinner. No matter the time, it goes well with glazed ham.
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
Switch out the marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole that you serve during the holidays for this savory take on sweet potato casserole topped with Parmesan-herb streusel topping. The Easter bunny approves.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
Accessorize your Easter spread with this casserole filled with bright yellow squash. It's a creamy, crunchy, cheesy, buttery dream.
Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
We've dubbed this our best-ever version of Southern baked macaroni and cheese. Your Easter guests will thank you.
Root Vegetable Gratin
Recipe: Root Vegetable Gratin
Your potato gratin gets two new friends: rutabagas and parsnips. This five-ingredient casserole will be a crowd favorite.
Savannah Red Rice
Recipe: Savannah Red Rice
Savannah red rice is a regional delicacy that might come packed with seafood, sausage, or chicken. For Easter, may we suggest thick-cut ham?
Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
If you're hosting a crowd, this spaghetti bake is a one-stop shop to Easter success.
Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
A broccoli-and-cheese casserole fits into any spread, but especially one with Easter ham and macaroni-and-cheese.
Hasselback Sweet Potato Casserole
This fun twist on sweet potato casserole will wow the crowd. Thinly sliced sweet potatoes provide a welcome change of texture after the holiday season.
French Onion Soup Casserole
Recipe: French Onion Soup Casserole
In case you thought French onion soup could get any more comforting, think again. We made it into a casserole that you can serve as an out-of-the-box side dish.
Old-School Green Bean Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Green Bean Casserole
From the frozen French-cut green beans to the crispy fried onion topping, this classic will be a familiar sight on every Easter table.
Hot Potato Salad
Recipe: Hot Potato Salad
Potato salad is an Easter lunch staple, but make the transition from lunch to dinner with this warmed-up casserole version. This recipe will have you thinking twice about the classic cold salad.
Recipe: Oyster Casserole
Southern families serve this traditional casserole at Christmas and Easter—so if you missed out during the holiday season, here's your chance.
Recipe: Zucchini Lasagna
Is there ever a bad time for lasagna? The answer is...no. This meatless recipe will be a welcome addition to the post-egg hunt meal.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
This casserole combines two dinnertime classics: chicken and rice. Your guests will love the special crunch it gets from water chestnuts.
Herbed Breadcrumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese
Everyone will want to pile this elevated take on our best-ever macaroni and cheese on their plates at Easter dinner.
Reunion Pea Casserole
Recipe: Reunion Pea Casserole
This timeless, Mama-approved casserole is made to be served at Southern holidays, church suppers, and reunions. It's packed with a delicious filling of sausage, cheese, and peas—with a topping of squash.
Recipe: Fennel-and-Potato Gratin
A cheesy potato gratin is never out of place on the holiday table, and this fancy-ish version uses fennel to go perfectly with an Easter lamb main.
Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata
Filled with crunchy bread cubes, creamy cheese, and tender pork, this casserole makes a hearty choice for the casual Easter celebration.
Zucchini Rice Gratin
Recipe: Zucchini Rice Gratin
Consider this a lightened-up gratin to serve with dinner. Bonus point: It takes only 15 minutes of hands-on time.
Recipe: Ham-and-Vegetable Cobbler
Because you have to serve up salty, cubed ham somehow. This savory cobbler uses frozen veggies for the easiest-ever Easter main.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler
This savory cobbler makes for a comforting casserole to serve a hungry Southern crowd. It's topped with fluffy homemade biscuits instead of piecrust.
Ham and Noodle Casserole
Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole
Here's a hot take: You can serve this casserole for a casual Easter supper or make it the next day using your Easter ham leftovers.