4 Budget-Friendly Casseroles To Try

There are a lot of things to love about casseroles.  They’re easy to make, hearty, often full of cheese, and usually produce a ton of servings that can easily be packed up for meal prep.  But nothing tops how inexpensive they can be.  Casseroles frequently call for cost-effective ingredients, like canned or frozen vegetables and grains that you might already have in your pantry.  In fact, some casseroles are so budget-friendly that they end up costing less than $2 per serving.

As we all know, life can be very busy!  There is never a wrong time for a great casserole with the kids’ activities, managing a house, and working!  These recipes come together in just a few steps and can be prepped in the morning before you head out the door.  When you get home after a long day, all that’s left to do is pop dinner into the oven!  Plus, they’re full of cheesy goodness with some veggies snuck in there!  Yum right?!

If you’re wondering where to find those recipes, look no further.  These 4 casseroles will cost you only a little, and they are as delicious as they are affordable.  The list below includes something for whatever you’re craving: tuna, broccoli, or hamburger potato.  You can make one or two of them on Sunday, so you’ll have leftovers to serve as quick meals all week long or stash some away in your freezer for later.

Ground beef and Bean Potato Tot Casserole

Topped with potato tots and tasty cheese, this easy beef cottage pie will be a new family favorite.

Basic Recipe Information

Nutrition

  • 922 calories per serve

Prep time

  • 15 minutes

Cook time

  • 50 minutes

Total time

  • 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g (1 pound) ground beef
  • 555g (1.25 pounds) can of baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen peas, corn, and carrot
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 50g (1.7 ounces) Cheddar cheese, grated
  •  500g (18 ounces) frozen potato gems/tots
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves to serve

Preparation Directions

  • Preheat oven to 200C (400F) /180C (350F) convection ovens.
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion.  Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens.
  • Add garlic.
  • Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add ground beef and break up with a wooden spoon, for 8 minutes or until browned.
  • Add baked beans, vegetables, and sauces.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Spoon mixture into an 8-cup-capacity baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with half the cheese.
  • Top with potato gems/tots.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.
  • Sprinkle with parsley leaves.
  • Serve.

Broccoli Ham And Cheese Casserole

This Broccoli Cheese Casserole is a family favorite!  Pasta, broccoli, and tender ham are tossed in a quick and easy from-scratch cheese sauce.  This casserole is then topped with breadcrumbs and baked until bubbly and golden.

Basic Recipe Information

Nutrition

  • 270 calories per serve

Prep time

  • 20 minutes

Cook time

  • 20 minutes

Total time

  • 40 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces dry macaroni
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 cup light cream
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese
  • ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham

Topping

  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ⅓ cup parmesan cheese

Preparation Direction

  • Preheat oven to 200C (400F) /180C (350F) convection ovens.
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • Add broccoli in the last 2 minutes to cook it tender and crisp.
  • Drain and run under cold water.
  • Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  • Whisk in flour and let cook for 2 minutes while stirring.  Slowly whisk in cream, milk, and seasonings.
  • Cook over medium heat while stirring until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir cheeses until melted.
  • Toss cheese sauce, pasta, broccoli, and ham together.
  • Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
  • Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over macaroni.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or just until hot.  Do not overcook.

Hamburger Potato Casserole

An easy casserole recipe with ground beef, cheese, and potatoes – think meaty potatoes au gratin or cheesy scalloped potatoes with hamburger.

Basic Recipe Information

nutrition

  • 235 calories per serve

Prep time

  • 15 minutes

Cook time

  • 1 hour 15 minutes

Total time

  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cups peeled and thinly sliced potatoes
  • 1 (10.75 ounces) can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¾ cup milk
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preparation Direction

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175C)/ 325 degrees F (160C).
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef; drain fat.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, onion, milk, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Alternately layer the potatoes, soup mixture, and meat in an 11×7 inch (2 quart) baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until potatoes are tender.
  • Top with Cheddar cheese and continue baking until cheese is melted.

Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Break out a family favorite: tuna casserole.  The traditional comfort food is great for serving large groups.

Basic Recipe Information

Nutrition

  • 595 calories per serve

Prep time

  • 35 minutes

Cook time

  • 1 hour

Total time

  • 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1(12 ounces) package of egg noodles
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 2 (5 ounces) cans tuna, drained
  • 2 (10.75 ounces) cans of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ (4.5 ounces) can of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup crushed potato chips

Preparation Direction

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C)/ 400 degrees F (200C )
  • Thoroughly mix noodles, onion, 1 cup cheese, peas, tuna, soup, and mushrooms in a large bowl.
  • Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish, and top with potato chip crumbs and the remaining 1 cup cheese.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven or until cheese is bubbly.