47 Casseroles That Put Your 8x8 Pan to Work (2024)

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Updated: Mar. 01, 2024

    If you're craving a hearty and satisfying meal but don't want to be stuck with a bunch of leftovers, then these 8x8 casserole recipes are for you! With breakfasts, sides and mains, these recipes will put your 8x8 pan to work.

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    Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole

    This is a rich and surprisingly tasty rendition of all the Tex-Mex dishes molded into one packed, beautiful casserole. Best of all, it’s ready in no time! —Janet McCormick, Proctorville, Ohio

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    Taco Salad Casserole

    This taco casserole recipe tastes like a taco salad and is a breeze to assemble. I crush tortilla chips to form a bottom layer, then spread on refried beans, a spicy meat mixture and cheese. —Rhonda McKee, Greensburg, Kansas

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    Polish Casserole

    When I first made this dish, my 2-year-old liked it so much that he wanted it for every meal! You can use almost any pasta that will hold the sauce. —Crystal Bruns, Iliff, Colorado

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    I’ve paired ham with broccoli and cauliflower for years. To complete this casserole dinner, I pass around some dinner rolls. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin

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    Ole Polenta Casserole

    With plenty of ground beef and cheese, this layered bake goes over big on the dinner table. Adjust the amount of hot pepper sauce to suit your taste.—Angela Biggin, Lyons, Illinois

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    Ziti Bake

    My children have frowned upon many of my casserole recipes, but they give a cheer when they hear we’re having baked ziti for supper. I’ve tried to incorporate more meatless meals into our menus, which is how this recipe got started. No one misses the meat. They even like the leftovers! —Charity Burkholder, Pittsboro, Indiana

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    Old-Fashioned Scalloped Pineapple

    My deliciously different dressing goes well with turkey or ham. It's also good for dessert with a little cream poured over the top! —Nancy Brown, Dahinda, Illinois

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    BLT Egg Bake

    BLTs are a favorite at my house, so I created this recipe to combine those flavors into a warm, cozy casserole. It was such a hit, I served it to my church ladies group at a brunch I hosted. —Priscilla Detrick, Catoosa, Oklahoma

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    BBQ Chicken and Apple Bread Pudding

    To me, bread pudding is the epitome of comfort food and is simply too good to reserve only for dessert. This sweet and savory twist on the classic is a delicious new way to enjoy an old favorite. —Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah

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    Sweet Corn and Potato Gratin

    This tasty potato gratin side dish combines great garlic and onion flavor, and kids love the nice crispy topping, too! —Jennifer Olson, Pleasanton, California

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    Overnight Ham and Egg Casserole

    I love how easy it is to assemble this savory egg casserole. Putting it together the night before really frees up my time the next morning. —Jennifer Howell, Fort Collins, Colorado

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    Italian Hot Dish

    My husband had a poor perception of healthy food until he tried this beefy casserole. The combination of pasta, oregano, mushrooms and green peppers makes it a favorite healthy pasta recipe in our house. —Theresa Smith, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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    Brussels Sprouts and Grapes au Gratin

    Red grapes add pops of sweetness to this bubbly, cheesy veggie side. I make mine with Swiss, but if you're feeling fancy, try Gruyere. And if you have one on hand, toss in a sliced apple. —Lorie Durrant, Nashville, Tennessee

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    Beef Pot Pie

    For more than a dozen years, this has been the No. 1 dish to serve company at our house. So far, everyone has given it a thumbs-up rating. —Hannah McDowell, Penns Creek, Pennsylvania

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    Ramona's Chilaquiles

    A dear neighbor shared this recipe. She used to make it from scratch, but my version takes a few shortcuts. —Marina Castle Kelley, Canyon Country, California

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    Eat it tonight, or freeze it for later. This cheesy casserole is still awesome months after you make it. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    I make a cornbread-style bake with sausage, maple syrup and apples when we want a hearty breakfast casserole. It’s sweet, savory and easy to make.—Stevie Wilson, Fremont, Iowa

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    Scalloped Sweet Corn Casserole

    This is my Grandma Ostendorf's corn recipe I grew up enjoying. Now a grandmother myself, I still serve this comfy, delicious side as a family classic. —Lonnie Hartstack, Clarinda, Iowa

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    Turkey Mushroom Tetrazzini

    Your family will flip over this turkey and mushroom casserole. In fact, the creamy Parmesan-topped tetrazzini is so satisfying, no one will suspect it's lower in fat! —Irene Banegas, Las Cruces, New Mexico

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    Chiles Rellenos Squares

    My family requests this chiles rellenos dish regularly—it's easy to prepare and makes a nice hors d'oeuvre or complement to a Mexican or Spanish meal. A friend I worked with shared the recipe with me several years ago. —Fran Carll, Long Beach, California

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    Scalloped Potatoes with Mushrooms

    Potatoes and mushrooms make a one-dish meal I love – it’s the calories you have to watch. Swap out dairy products with lower fat options. —Courtney Stultz, Columbus, Kansas

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    Chicken Tater Bake

    You'll please everyone in the family with this inviting and filling chicken Tater Tot casserole. It tastes like a chicken potpie topped with Tater Tots. —Fran Allen, St Louis, Missouri

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    Zucchini and Cheese Casserole

    My daughter and I love zucchini, and this casserole uses plenty for a hearty fall side dish. For extra color, I add fresh diced tomatoes. —Rachelle Stratton, Rock Springs, Wyoming

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    Crescent Turkey Casserole

    How do you make a dinner of turkey and vegetables appealing to kids? You turn it into a pie, of course! My version tastes classic but doesn’t take any time at all. —Daniela Essman, Perham, Minnesota

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    Spinach-Parm Casserole

    For those who ignore Popeye and won’t eat their spinach, I find that spinach with garlicky butter and Parmesan helps change their minds. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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    Rustic and comforting, I found this rich and cheesy lasagna to be a great way to get kids to eat healthy greens—it's such a tasty casserole they'll never know the Swiss chard is there! —Candace Morehouse, Show Low, Arizona

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    Pastry-Topped Turkey Casserole

    My friends tell me this is the best potpie they've ever had. Hearty and full-flavored, my comforting classic never lets on that it’s also low in fat and a good source of fiber. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario

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    Cauliflower-Broccoli Cheese Bake

    One of the first dishes my mom taught me is a tasty pairing of cauliflower, cheese and broccoli. It's absolutely my best side. —Devin Mulertt, Napa, California

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    Pear-Stuffed French Vanilla Toast

    My handyman, who is originally from Nicaragua, shared this classic breakfast dish his mother used to prepare. He says he makes it frequently for his children and they clean their plates! —Gail Borczyk, Boca Raton, Florida

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    Summer Vegetable Cobbler

    Here’s a comforting vegetarian main dish that uses a lot of garden produce. Try different squashes like pattypan and crookneck or zucchini. — Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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    I had this dish at a bridal brunch many years ago. It was so delicious that I created my own version, and this is the result. Now I make it all the time. Enjoy! —Melissa Millwood, Lyman, South Carolina

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    Greek Breakfast Casserole

    This is a great dish for a Sunday brunch, or you can cut it into six pieces and freeze it to have as a quick and easy breakfast any day of the week. I also like to make it with broccoli, carrots, green onions, Canadian bacon and sharp cheddar cheese; the variations are nearly endless! —Lauri Knox, Pine, Colorado

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    Whole Wheat Pasta Bake

    With a casserole this rich and saucy, it’s tempting to skip the crunchy topping and dip a fork straight into the skillet. But as one taster noted: “The bread crumbs on top make this one extra special.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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    Smoked Salmon-Potato Brunch Bake

    The two different potatoes, fresh herbs and different textures make this savory brunch bake unique and special.—Victoria Johnson, Gilbert, Arizona

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    Cheesy Mexican Chicken Alfredo

    I was hosting a baby shower and wanted to serve something everyone would enjoy. I created this recipe on a whim, so I was totally surprised that it turned out to be such a hit. —Tia Woodley, Stockbridge, Georgia

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    Spicy Enchilada Casserole

    Chili powder, tortillas, cheese and ground beef combine for a winning Tex-Mex casserole. Choose a salsa that suits your family's taste—mild, medium or hot.—Julie Huffman, New Lebanon, Ohio

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    Never-Fail Scalloped Potatoes

    Take the chill off any blustery day and make something special to accompany meaty entrees. This is the best scalloped potatoes recipe ever, and my family loves when I serve it. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario

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    Overnight Baked Oatmeal

    My husband and I spent a long weekend at a bed-and-breakfast not far from our home. The owners shared this delicious recipe with me, which I made my own with a couple of simple changes. —Jennifer Cramer, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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    Gobble-Up Strata

    I always look forward to making strata after Thanksgiving. We invite our neighbors, and they think it’s neat that I prepare another whole meal. — Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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    Spaghetti Casserole Bake

    This quick casserole makes great use of convenience products like canned spaghetti and jarred mushrooms, and the kids will love how cheesy it is. —Pat Richter, Lake Placid, Florida

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    Originally Published: July 30, 2020


    Caroline Stanko

    As editor, Caroline researches, writes and edits all things food and beverage and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. With seven years at TOH under her belt, Caroline has worked on the print, SIP and digital teams. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline mixing up a killer co*cktail, reading a dog-eared library book or cooki...

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    What is the most popular casserole dish size? ›

    "The standard size of a casserole dish is 9 by 13 inches. However, due to varying shapes, they are often measured by volume, with three quarts being average,” says Contrino. “It is important to note that if a recipe calls only for a casserole dish, it is most likely asking for a 9- by 13-inch rectangular size.

    What is the best size casserole dish? ›

    The general rule of thumb is to plan for 1 litre per person, and then round up. So for a family of four, you would want something that is a minimum of 4 litres. And then with rounding up, the ideal size would be somewhere in the 5-6 litre capacity.

    How many cups is an 8x8 square pan? ›

    The 8×8 pan's 64 inches of surface area can contain up to 8 cups. And, because there won't be a major difference in surface area or batter depth when you pack your halved recipe into the smaller baking dish, you won't even need to adjust the oven temperature or the cooking time.

    Are two 8x8 pans equal a 9x13? ›

    From this you can see that you can substitute two 8” pans for the 9”x13” one as 2x64 = 128 square inches which is close enough. CALCULATING SQUARE INCHES FOR ROUND PANS is a little more complicated.

    What is the equivalent of an 8x8 baking dish? ›

    The simplest substitute: 8" square = 9" round

    You've just seen the easiest, most basic pan substitution: the capacity of an 8” square pan and 9” round pan are the same (64”) and the pans can be substituted for one another in any recipe.

    What is the best brand in casserole? ›

    Our Top Casserole Dish Picks
    • Best Overall: Pyrex Basics 3-Quart Glass Baking Dish.
    • Best Ceramic Workhorse: HIC Rectangular Baking Dish.
    • Best Covered Casserole Dish: Le Creuset Heritage Rectangular Casserole.
    • Best Design: Great Jones Hot Dish.
    • Best to Register For: Revol Belle Cuisine Rectangular Roasting Dish.
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    Do casseroles cook faster in glass or metal? ›

    Bakes more slowly than glass: Interestingly enough, however, metal pans bake things more slowly than glass pans do. Because of this, if a recipe calls for a glass pan and you decide to use a metal pan instead, be sure to add a few minutes to the baking time.

    What pan do chefs prefer? ›

    Another massive reason why stainless steel cookware has always been the chef's favourite is the fact that it doesn't react with acidic foods. This means, unlike aluminium cookware, stainless steel keeps metals from leaching into your meals, resulting in healthier and tastier servings.

    How big is an 8 by 8 casserole dish? ›

    The area of a 9x13 pan is 117 square inches. The area of a 8x8 pan on the other hand, is 64 square inches, or close to half that of a 9x13 pan.

    How big is an 8x8 casserole dish? ›

    The 8×8 square pans usually come in 1.5 inches height which is 1.5 quarts or equivalent to 6 cups. Another size of the 8×8 pan is 2 inches in height which are 2 quarts or 8 cups incapacity. 8×8 round pans also come in 1.5 inches of height. They measure 1.5 quarts or 6 cups.

    How many casserole servings in a 9x13 pan? ›

    Starchy side dishes and casseroles: a 9 X 13 pan makes about 12 one cup servings. A 2 quart casserole will make 6 to 8 cups. A typical serving size for potatoes, stuffing, and yams is 1 cup.

    What do you use a 8x8 pan for? ›

    8x8” Square Baking Dish

    This size is used most for desserts like brownies, blondies, shortbread, tiramisu, crispy rice treats, coffee cake, and bread pudding, but theoretically it could be used in a savory context as well for cornbread or a small focaccia.

    How long do you bake an 8x8 pan for? ›

    25 to 35 minutes

    What is a 8x8 inch square pan used for? ›

    From peanut butter fudge to pan rolls, an 8×8 baking pan is a launching pad for so many delicious recipes.

    How many people will a 9x13 casserole serve? ›

    Starchy side dishes and casseroles: a 9 X 13 pan makes about 12 one cup servings. A 2 quart casserole will make 6 to 8 cups. A typical serving size for potatoes, stuffing, and yams is 1 cup.

    What are common casserole sizes? ›

    My thoughts: The 9×13-inch rectangular casserole pan is by far the most called-for dish in casserole cookery, followed closely by the 8×8 (or 9×9) square dishes. (The 9×13 also holds about 3 quarts of volume, so in some recipes it can be used interchangeably with a 3 quart Dutch oven, like this one.)

    What size casserole dish for 4 people? ›

    So for a family of four, you would want something that is a minimum of 4 liters. And then with rounding up, the ideal size would be somewhere in the 5-6 liter capacity. But an important thing to consider is whether you also often cook for extended family or guests.

    What is a common baking dish size? ›

    Rectangular baking dish.

    The most common size is 9 by 13 inches. You can choose from glass, metal or even ceramic, and what you choose really depends on what you think you'll be making most.

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