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Clean Out Your Fridge With These Fuss-Free Weeknight Casserole Recipes

Giving your kitchen the Marie Kondo treatment? Here’s what to do with the ingredients that need to be used up: Casseroles.

Spring cleaning is well underway and if you're like most of us, giving the Marie Kondo treatment to your kitchen has unearthed loads of ingredients that don't spark joy, but aren't quite ready for the garbage. A casserole can remedy that, so we picked a few recipes to give you inspiration while you try to figure out what to do with the ingredients that didn't make the cut.

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole by Closet Cooking
A freezer overflowing with shredded mozzarella and a pantry packed with pepperoni and pasta means one thing: Pepperoni Pizza Casserole. This pizza pasta bake combines everything you love about the Italian pie, minus the crust. It layers sausage, sauce, pepperoni, and pasta in one dish all while helping you bring order to the kitchen.

Chicken Alfredo Penne Casserole

Chicken Alfredo Penne Casserole

Chicken Alfredo Penne Casserole by Onion Rings and Things
Don't let that partially used quart of heavy cream go to waste! Transform it into an alfredo pasta bake. This recipe combines chicken, pasta, and cheese to make a one-pot twist on the Italian-American favorite. It's so good you'll forget you were just trying to clean out the fridge.

Ultimate Green Bean Casserole

Ultimate Green Bean Casserole

Ultimate Green Bean Casserole by Southern Bite
If it's time to put the frozen green beans to work, perhaps we can tempt you with a little Thanksgiving flavor in the form of green bean casserole. It's kind of the perfect dumpster dish: Stir in the extra cans of cream of mushroom soup taking up space in the pantry, fry up the last of the bacon, and top it with those last bits of fried onions to make room for the rhubarb and asparagus calling your name at the farmers' market.

Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole by 4 Sons are Us
Ground beef is kind of made for stockpiling in the freezer and here's a Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole as a reminder to use it up (because we know you have a bag of tots hiding in there, too). Ready in about an hour, this no-fuss, no-frills recipe will liberate your fridge and simultaneously feed your family.

Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole by Jo Cooks
You may have had Tex-Mex in mind when you stacked cans of corn in your pantry and chicken breasts in the fridge, but the future for those ingredients is now and enchiladas is what you should make with them. Of course, you'll also need some rice and beans to make it work, and if you want to go all-out, you can top your casserole with a dollop of guacamole, sour cream, and a sprinkling of green onions — if you're clearing out the fridge in the process, we'll call it a win.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole by House of Nash Eats
There are few things sadder than letting mini marshmallows go to waste. We don't want you to do that, so we're offering you this sweet potato casserole as their salvation. And if you want to keep those last bits of brown sugar from getting too hard or you have a bag of pecans you didn't get to over the holidays, you can toss those in or sprinkle them on top, too. Either way, your family and your pantry will thank you.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie by Diane, A Broad
You may not have a rotisserie chicken taking up valuable refrigerator real estate, but we'll bet that you have more than a few frozen vegetables that need to be put to good use. And what's a better use for that fraction of a bag of frozen peas than chicken pot pie? Pot pie can mix and match all sorts of ingredients to make a one-pot meal worth sharing.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Spaghetti Squash Casserole by Platings and Pairings
If you're anything like us, you've got some sort of squash sitting in the back of your fridge waiting to be converted into a casserole. If it's a spaghetti squash (or any other squash), we have a recipe for you. This one in particular even helps you use up a few spices that you know you're not supposed to keep longer than six months. If your cupboard wasn't clean before, it will be after you make this dish!

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole by Life in the Lofthouse
This is another recipe that frees your freezer! Using up all your frozen veggies, leftover chicken breasts, and a few cans of soup, you have a meal Marie Kondo would be proud of.

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole by The Healthy Foodie
Because cheese is just too delicious and expensive to let go to waste, we offer you this recipe for all the cheese you bought and forgot about. It calls for cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese, but we're pretty confident you can use whatever cheese you have left in the drawer.

Hungry For More?

We have casseroles for every ingredient and every season. So if there's something in the fridge you need to put to use, we've got a casserole for you.

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salt, vanilla extract, maple syrup, ground cloves, day-old challah and 8 more
shredded Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, rotini, olive oil, chicken broth and 8 more
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