Comforting, Healthy Fall Casseroles That Hit the Spot

These classic comfort foods get lightened up!

Related To:

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.



Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

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.



Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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.

Related Links:

Next Up

5 Healthy Ways to Pump Up the Fresh Pumpkin

This season, use a little elbow grease to break down fresh, in-season pumpkin so you can use it in some of fall's finest good-for-you recipes.

Thanksgiving for Everyone: Our Favorite Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes

Thankfully, we've got game-changing vegetarian and vegan recipes to have at your Thanksgiving table, whether it's you or one of your guests who has a special diet.

Easy, Healthy Apple Desserts to Make Before Fall's Over

Use up those extra apples to make something sweet.

On the Road Eats: A Is for Autumn Apples

Apples are coming down from the trees and onto the plate this season. Enjoy this fruit's warm flavors at some of Food Network's favorite spots around the country.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup — Meatless Monday

Serve a comforting, in-season supper of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup or Alton's Lentil Soup from Food Network for Meatless Monday this week.

5 Healthy Pie Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Table

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there's one kind of dessert that's bound to star in your spread: pie. And we mean lots of it.

All the Ways to Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life

Think beyond the latte and introduce this beloved flavor into some of your favorite dishes.

All the Ways to Eat Pumpkin Seeds

Whether or not you've been carving grinning pumpkins for your home's stoop, munching on pumpkin seeds is something you have to do this season.

How Sweet It Is: 7 Sweet Potato Dishes for Every Palate — Fall Fest

You'll forget starchy white potatoes in a heartbeat once you try these comforting fall sweet potato dishes.

5 New Ways to Bake with Carrots

Start grating carrots for comforting desserts that take the whole carrot cake idea and run with it.