Comforting, Healthy Fall Casseroles That Hit the Spot

These classic comfort foods get lightened up!

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As temperatures begin their descent into the forties and fifties, you have the perfect excuse to start prepping your go-to weekday and weekend fall menu, which, in our homes, means plenty of comforting casseroles. Packed with melty goodness, these one-dish masterpieces are easy to whip up after a long day of pumpkin-picking or leaf-jumping. Plus, our picks are good for you!

Unlike other casseroles which require a lot of butter, this golden beauty calls for chicken broth and flour to create its rich and flavorful sauce. Chopped broccoli florets and crisp brown rice give the dish added texture, while bubbly Parmesan and Cheddar add a decadent edge to every mouthful.

Want to add a meatless addition to your meal plan this fall? This veggie-packed casserole from Food Network Kitchen is just what you’ve been looking for! Teeming with chopped kale, diced squash, onion and zucchini, it’s a great way to substitute protein without sacrificing flavor. Eat as is or serve with a mix of greens for something extra.

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Think macaroni and cheese can’t be healthy? Think again! This variation ups the ante on everyone’s beloved childhood favorite by pairing pasta with low-fat dairy. With a cook time of only 35 minutes, it’s the perfect dish to whip up after a long day of raking leaves or carving pumpkins.

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Who doesn't love breakfast food for dinner? Hash browns make a fantastic surprise add-in to any baked casserole. This one from Food Network Kitchen pairs frozen hash browns with Greek yogurt, low-fat milk and sour cream for a light touch of creaminess. Cremini mushrooms and sharp Cheddar are also added infusing the dish with savory notes.

Ellie Krieger's Tuna Casserole as seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This is not your mother's tuna casserole. Ellie Krieger loads hers with celery, onions, peas, broccoli and white mushrooms and tops it with handmade whole-wheat breadcrumbs for a healthy golden-brown crunch.

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