6 Super-Satisfying Make-Ahead Breakfasts

CINNAMONPECANPANCAKE BREAKFAST CASSEROLEFood Network KitchenUnsalted Butter, AllpurposeFlour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Sugar, Buttermilk, Eggs,HalfandHalf,Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Maple Syrup, Pecans

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Some mornings, you want more than a plain yogurt or cold cereal. You crave something warm and rich in flavor that can fill the kitchen with the smell of the perfect home-cooked breakfast. If you’re daunted by the idea of breaking out too many kitchen tools in the a.m., though, these breakfast casserole recipes offer a solution.

Prep these dishes the night before, pop them in the oven the next morning and voila — you’ve got a full breakfast with all the fixings for the whole family.

Pancakes are great. Letting them soak in a cinnamon-spiked custard overnight makes them even better. While you’re waiting for the casserole to bake in the morning, take five minutes to cook the pecans in maple syrup. Pour it all over this pancake masterpiece for flavorful bites.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This French toast casserole is super-easy to prep — just layer the bread and mix a custard to pour into the baking dish. When you’re ready to bake, add in the brown sugar-walnut crumble to give this dish a layer of beautiful and delicious crust.

SAUSAGEANDCHEESEPANCAKE BREAKFAST CASSEROLEFood Network KitchenUnsalted Butter, AllpurposeFlour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Sugar, Buttermilk, Eggs,HalfandHalf,Breakfast Sausage Patties, White Cheddar Cheese, Scallions, Maple Syrup

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

If you love your savory sides as much as you love pancakes, you’ll be glad to hear that you can enjoy them together in this casserole. Each forkful carries a fluffy piece of pancake and a slice of breakfast sausage topped with gooey white cheddar cheese.

Food Network Kitchen’s OneOffs, Slow-Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole

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Kate Mathis, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

For this dish, forget the oven and put hash brown potatoes, canned tomatoes, bacon and sausage to work in the slow cooker. Whip up that custard, layer it all in and set your slow cooker to cook on low while you sleep.

Food Network Kitchen's Sausage Gravy Breakfast Lasagna, as seen on Food Network.

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Stephen Johnson, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Pancakes, French toast and waffles are proving themselves oven-friendly, but lasagna was made for baking. So why not bake it for breakfast? While breakfast sausage helps this dish fit in as a morning meal, fresh parsley and scallions lighten the cheesy slices.

Food Network Kitchen's Apple Apricot Breakfast Lasagna, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

As satisfying as the gravy-rich dish above might be, this fruity lasagna is perfect for when the morning calls for a lighter touch. Each slice has layers of sweet and tart flavors to help brighten your morning.

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