Casseroles are the perfect dish to bring to a family gathering on Thanksgiving. The entire meal is cooked in one dish in the oven and can be easily transported to wherever you’ll be spending the holidays. Not to mention, casseroles are extremely delicious. You can easily make them by combining vegetables, grains, pasta, sauces, and much more.
To help you plan your perfect Thanksgiving menu, we have plenty of casserole recipes from our Food Monster App, ranging from Thanksgiving classics like Green Bean Casserole to twists on other classics like Butternut Squash Casserole which calls for vegan marshmallows on butternut squash instead of sweet potato. There are so many delicious options for you to choose from!
1. Green Bean Casserole
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2. Sweet Potato Rice Casserole
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This Sweet Potato Rice Casserole by Alissandra Mafucci will surprise your family and friends. They won’t believe it’s not real rice! The sweet potato rice cooks to a perfect consistency in 40 minutes in the oven and the savory flavors from the vegan mozzarella and pesto pair well with the sweetness that comes from the potato when roasting. The broccoli gives the casserole substance and the pesto soaks into the florets for a big “bang for your buck” bite.
3. Mac and Cheese Casserole
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Mac and Cheese pairs well with anything, so of course it would be a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving dinner table. This Mac and Cheese Casserole by Shea Cope is delicious and easy to make. Pasta elbows and broccoli florets are tossed with a cheesy sauce, topped with buttery bread croutons, and then baked into a perfectly comforting casserole.
4. Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and Cauliflower Gravy
This Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and Cauliflower Gravy by Jennifer Harmon has a layer of mashed potatoes, a layer of cauliflower gravy, and a final layer of minced broccoli. The mashed potato layer has a can of white beans mixed in for protein, although you’d never guess it. The gravy is made of puréed cauliflower and mushrooms. This ultimate Thanksgiving casserole is creamy, dreamy, and a must-make.
5. Butternut Squash, Portobello, and Spinach Casserole With Vegan Sausage
This Butternut Squash, Portobello, and Spinach Casserole With Sausage by Lauren Kretzer is made with traditional holiday flavors. It is hearty, but not heavy and indulgent, but healthy. It is special enough to be the meal’s centerpiece, and be complimented by everything else on the table. This casserole doesn’t even have to be made as just a side dish because it’s worthy of the spotlight on Thanksgiving Day. It has an earthy, woodsy combination of vegan sausage, barley, mushrooms, sage, and rosemary countered with the mellow sweetness of butternut squash and fresh spinach. A proper Thanksgiving meal should radiate homey, rustic warmth, and this casserole definitely fits the bill. The best part? It can be made a full day ahead.
6. Creamy Lentil Bolognese and Potato Bake
You will be surprised by how easy it is to whip up this delicious layered Creamy Lentil Bolognese and Potato Bake by Melina Kutelas! Simply cook the lentil bolognese, slice the potatoes and eggplant, and layer them all on top of each other with plenty of sun-dried tomato paste, herbs, and spices. Once everything is layered, sprinkle a generous amount of almond-Parmesan on top and bake in the oven until brown. Yum!
7. Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake
This Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake by Kelly Williams is perfect for families with children, but anyone can enjoy it. It’s easy as can be, especially if you cook the brown rice in advance. Lots of broccoli-rice dishes require pre-blanching the broccoli or sautéing garlic and onions, but this dish is just about as simple as it gets! You pretty much just mix brown rice and broccoli in a casserole dish and stir it up with a basic cheesy sauce.
8. Vegetable Au Gratin Casserole With Oregano Bean Puree
In this Vegetable Au Gratin Casserole With Oregano Bean Puree recipe by Zsu Dever, soft russet potatoes and butternut squash are layered with a creamy, herbed bechamel sauce and topped with crusty whole grain bread before baking in the oven until hot and bubbly. After dinner, turn the leftovers into oregano and bean purée, perfect for spreading on toasted bread for sandwiches filled with Thanksgiving leftovers.
9. Potatoes Oreganata: Greek Hasselback Potato Casserole
The traditional Greek dish “potatoes oreganata” is cooked with lots of olive oil, chicken stock, lemon, and oregano. This Potatoes Oreganata: Greek Hasselback Potato Casserole by Alexandra V Jones substitutes chicken stock for vegetable broth, making it into a delicious and filling dish that can be shared with everyone. The potatoes and also slices thin with additional Mediterranean elements added, like olives and fresh herbs. This is an easy dish to make for potlucks or big gatherings, such as Thanksgiving dinner.
10. Butternut Squash Casserole
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Meet your holiday table’s new best friend. Butternut squash is the sweet potato’s cooler yet terribly underrated cousin, and it’s about time we showed it some love. It’s creamy, flavorful, and has a fraction of the calories and carbs of sweet potato. The party-goers at your Thanksgiving celebration will gobble it up and beg for the recipe. This Butternut Squash Casserole by Kelly Morisson could win a beauty pageant. Make sure to give yourself a generous helping because it isn’t going to last long.
Still deciding what to make for Thanksgiving dinner? Check out our Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Menu. For recipes for all occasions, download our Food Monster app, where you can find over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes.
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