These Casserole Dish Recipes Are Perfect Winter Meals On A Budget

Looking for some cheap dinner alternatives to pull you through a tight budget this winter?

2. Tuna Noodle Casserole


For topping:

⅓ cup breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons butter, melted

For filling:

8 ounces dry egg noodles

½ head broccoli, chopped

2 (3-ounce) cans tuna, drained and flaked with a fork

For sauce:

4 tablespoons butter

¼ cup flour

¾ teaspoon basil

½ teaspoon oregano

⅛ teaspoon salt

Pinch of thyme

3 ½ cups milk

⅔ cup grated parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9×9 baking dish. For the topping, in a small bowl, combine melted butter and breadcrumbs, then set aside. To start the filling, in a large pot, cook egg noodles according to package directions, until al dente; drain and set aside. Next, in a medium pot, bring some water to a boil and cook broccoli until tender; drain and set aside. In the used broccoli pot over medium heat, melt 4 tablespoons of butter, then whisk in flour, basil, oregano, salt, and thyme. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly until sauce thickens. Remove sauce from heat and whisk in cheese until combined. Add cooked noodles back into the large pot you cooked them in, then stir in sauce, tuna, and cooked broccoli until combined. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and cover with prepared breadcrumb topping. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes, then serve.


3. Biscuits and Gravy Casserole



1 tablespoon olive oil

½ pound ground breakfast sausage

¼ cup flour

2 cups milk

Salt and pepper, to taste


1 egg + 4 egg whites

1 ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

½ cup milk

½ (16.3-ounce) can refrigerated biscuits, cubed


Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 baking dish. For the gravy, in a large pan over medium-high heat, add oil. Once oil is heated up, add sausage and cook until browned and completely cooked; drain most of the grease out. Turn heat down to medium and slowly add in flour, stirring to evenly coat sausage. Pour in 2 cups of milk and continue cook for about 5 minutes, whisking constantly, until gravy thickens and starts to simmer. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, and set aside; the gravy will continue to thicken a little. For the casserole, in a small bowl, whisk eggs, cheese, and milk together. Layer biscuit pieces on the bottom of the prepared baking dish, then top with ⅓ of the gravy mixture, followed by all of the egg mixture. Top with the remaining gravy mixture and bake, uncovered, for about 35-40 minutes, or until edges start to brown and middle of the casserole sets. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy!


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