Make-Ahead “Ham & Cheese” Breakfast Casserole

This is one of thekitchn.com’s most popular recipes ever, published several years ago for a breakfast bake with bread, pancetta, Gruyere, and eggs. It’s rich, eggy, and unbelievably, incredibly delicious.

And for an added appeal: You throw everything in the dish the night before, allow the bread to soak up the egg-and-milk mixture overnight, and bake it in the morning. But while the make-ahead aspect of this dish is very convenient, you don’t have to make it ahead. You can also throw it together and bake it immediately.

Casserole ham cheese

Serves: 6 to 8

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Mini Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Everyone needs a basic blueberry muffin recipe, especially since it’s surprisingly hard to get a good one in the average cafe. They’re often too cakey or sweet. These are light and fluffy, and just sweet enough to be a muffin – not a cupcake.

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about 3 dozen mini muffins

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Double Chocolate Butterscotch Breakfast Muffins

These muffins freeze ridiculously well and keep for up to a week (if they don’t get devoured before then) in an airtight container.  They are heaven when paired with a tall glass of cold milk.

If you’re not big on butterscotch you could plump some dried cranberries and toss them in, or add extra chocolate chips or just omit them completely.

muffin double choco butterscotch

12 muffins

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Quick and Homey Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

This recipe is adapted from the classic cookbook, More-With-Less, which was a standard reference book and cookbook. These are homey and comforting; they last well, and they take about 5 minutes to mix up.

muffins oatmeal raisin

Adapted from More-With-Less. Makes 12 muffins

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King Ranch Casserole

King Ranch Casserole is just like any other good Southern casserole (you know — a creamy, dreamy, oh-so-delicious hot mess), but with its own unique Texas flair. It’s similar to a Tex Mex lasagna: layers of toasted flour tortillas are smothered in a cumin- and chili powder-spiked cream sauce, along with heaps of grated cheese. To say it is hearty is an understatement — this dish was meant to warm souls and mend heartaches.

King Ranch Casserole

Serves 6 to 8

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Pizza Spaghetti Casserole

We preferred turkey pepperoni, so you don’t get a greasy appearance. Freeze the unbaked casserole up to one month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.

Casserole pizza-spaghetti

Makes 6 servings
Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 15 Minutes
Bake: 40 Minutes

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Cajun Shrimp Casserole

This hearty seafood casserole is filled with shrimp, cheese and rice and gets its Cajun flair from the addition of okra, bell peppers, and cayenne pepper. It’s a great choice for a special occasion meal. If you’re not a fan of okra, you can leave it out of this dish.

casserole cajun shrimp

Makes 6 servings
Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 16 Minutes
Bake: 20 Minutes

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Chicken Noodle Casserole

This chicken  casserole in a cheesy sauce can be ready in no time and you will love the taste. The ingredients meld together perfectly to give it a great flavor. Comfort food at its best!

This recipe was originally titled Chicken Noodle Casserole and calls for egg noodles. But it can be made using any pasta, however. Penne, cavatappi, rigatoni or any of the tubular, spiral or ridged pastas work best with a sauce as the ridges or spirals will hold onto the sauce better allowing you to enjoy it with each bite. Chef’s choice!

casserole chicken noodle

Level: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 40 min
Servings: 6

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