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Don’t have time to slave over a hot stove for hours to make comfort food? Here are some quick and easy casserole recipes that can be prepared with minimum time and effort:

1.    Classic Shepherd’s Pie

What you need

  • Onion (1 large, sliced)
  • Leftover roast beef or lamb (2 cups)
  • Butter (2 tbspns)
  • Beef gravy (2 cups)
  • Frozen peas (1 cup)
  • Carrots (1/2 cup, sliced)
  • Egg yolk (1 large, beaten)
  • Leftover mashed potatoes (2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to about 400°F.
  • Grease a baking dish.
  • Heat a skillet on the stove over medium high heat and add butter.
  • Once the butter melts add onions and stir till they turn tender.
  • Add the leftover beef or lamb to the skillet as well as the gravy, peas and carrots. Stir thoroughly.
  • Season with salt and pepper as per your taste.
  • Transfer the prepared mixture the greased baking dish.
  • Warm up the mashed potatoes in the microwave if they are stiff from being in the refrigerator.
  • Place the mashed potatoes in a bowl and add the egg yolk to it. Beat till the mixture is well blended.
  • Use a large spoon to spread the mashed potatoes evenly on prepared meat and vegetables.
  • Pop the pan in the preheated oven and cook for about half an hour or till the potatoes turn golden brown in color.
crumbly baked casserole with spoon
                                                 cooked casserole dish

2.    Beef Cottage Pie

What you need

  • Russet potatoes (1 and a half pounds, cut in chunks)
  • Milk (1/4 cup)
  • Garlic cloves (2, peeled and cut in half)
  • Butter (2 tbspns)
  • Olive oil (1 tbspn)
  • Mushrooms (8 ounces, sliced)
  • Lean ground beef (1 pound)
  • Cheddar cheese (1 cup, shredded)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Beef broth (1 and a half cup)
  • Flour (3 tbspn)
  • Ketchup (2 tbspn)
  • Worcestershire sauce (1 tspn)
  • Frozen peas and carrots (1 pound, thawed and drained)


  • Take a large saucepan and add garlic and potatoes.
  • Add cold water to the pan along with a dash of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then simmer on medium low heat till potatoes are tender. This should take close to half an hour.
  • Drain the pan and put the mixture back in the saucepan.
  • Add milk, butter, half of the cheese and mash it in the potatoes till it is smooth and free of lumps. Set aside.
  • Take another large pan and heat olive oil.
  • Add mushrooms and cook over medium high heat till they turn golden brown in color.
  • Remove the cooked mushrooms from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the beef in the same pan and break it up with a spoon. Stir till the meat turns golden brown and breaks up into small pieces.
  • Add flour and cook the mixture for 3 minutes.
  • Add broth and stir before adding salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, the cooked mushrooms and mixed veggies.
  • Cook and stir for 5 minutes before transferring the mixture into a baking dish.
  • Cover the meat mixture with the cooked mashed potatoes and spread it on the dish evenly using a fork.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake in the preheated oven at 375°F for 40 minutes or until it turns golden brown on top.
  • Let the pie cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Comfort food doesn’t get better than this!

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