Just the Two of Us: 28 Casserole Recipes for Two
These small casserole recipes won't leave you with a ton of unwanted leftovers!
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When there are only two of you to feed, it's nice to have recipes that fit your needs. Though leftovers allow you to take a night off from cooking, eating the same thing for days can get boring.
We've created this collection, Just the Two of Us: 28 Casserole Recipes for Two so you can make the perfect portion for you and your plus one. That being said, these recipes aren't just for couples! If you're cooking for just one, you'll have enough left over to enjoy the next day.
With the help of our recipe collection, you can plan your meals perfectly. Gone are the days of eating endless leftovers just because you don't want to be wasteful. There's enough variation in our collection below that you could cook your way through these recipes and not get tired of them. Try our favorite small-batch recipes for mac and cheese, tater tot casserole, apple crisp, and much, much more.
Whether you're an empty-nester who wants to make smaller meals, you are just learning how to cook for the first time, or you just want to freshen up your recipe repertoire, these our recipe collection will get you off to a great start.
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Cooking for Two: Tips and Tricks from an Expert
Since it can be a challenge to learn how to cook for two, we asked Christina Lane from Dessert for Two for her best tips:
What types of bakeware do you recommend for making casseroles for two?
"When it comes to baking for two, there are a couple dishes I use the most: two 10-ounce ramekins are great for small batches of baked macaroni and cheese, and a standard 9-inch bread loaf pan is great for lasagna. In some cases, I just cut a 9 x 13 casserole recipe in half and bake it in a 8-inch square brownie pan. I usually get 4-6 servings, which is still more than 2 but a lot less than 10 servings!"
Do you have a go-to recipe for two?
"My go-to casserole recipe for two is a small batch of enchiladas!"
What tips do you have for stocking a kitchen for making meals for two?
"My best tip for stocking a kitchen for two is to only buy what you need. It's tempting when 5 pounds of ground meat is on sale to buy all of it, but unless you know you will divide it up and freeze it, it might go to waste. I also love to shop at farmer's markets and utilize CSAs to receive smaller portions of protein, which helps with the waste."
Breakfast Casserole Recipes for Two
These casseroles for two are perfect for those times when you crave a filling breakfast, but you don't want tons of leftovers. We've included a mix of sweet and savory recipes, so there's something to choose from no matter your mood. Find everything from egg casserole to baked oatmeal, and even Pineapple Breakfast Casserole below.
For more wonderful recipes for breakfast, take a look at our free, downloadable eCookbook, "19 Scrumptious Casserole Recipes for Breakfast" Free eCookbook
Chicken Casserole Recipes for Two
If you are trying to get used to cooking for two, but still miss your go-to chicken casseroles, these recipes are great stepping stones.
We've included a classic comfort food recipe, Chicken Pot Pie for Two, that you'll want to put into your weekly rotation. If you'd like to try recipes that are quick to make but are lightened up a bit, try Chicken and Veggie Risotto Bake or Chicken and Broccoli Casserole with Quinoa. Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas for Two is a recipe that seems like it would be complicated to make, but it's actually very easy. If you are a vegetarian who loves Mexican food, you can easily substitute the chicken for canned pinto beans instead!
Beef Casseroles for Two
When you think of casseroles with beef, you probably think of big-batch recipes that can feed a crowd. These recipes will prove you wrong! Flank Steak Pie is a creative way to use up leftover steak. Crescent Roll Casserole is a savory ground beef casserole that will leave enough leftovers for lunch the next day. Cowboy Tater Tot Casserole for Two and Cozy Tater Tot Casserole for Two each use a half pound of ground beef, so you could try both recipes to use up the whole pound.
Comfort Food for Two
Comfort food is always a good idea. However, if you're only cooking for a few, the dread of having too many leftovers can prevent you from enjoying a hearty meal. These casseroles for two are the perfect solution to your comfort food conundrum.
Keep this collection of casseroles for two handy and you'll have the perfect rotation of meals. Whether you're cooking for two or just cooking for one, you will be able to make a wonderful meal and have the perfect amount of leftovers. However, you might find that these casseroles are so delicious you won't have any leftovers at all!
If you're cooking for more people, but you still want to keep things simple, check out our collection of 5 Ingredient Recipes: 13 Easy Casserole Recipes with 5 Ingredients
Healthy Casseroles for Dinner
Cooking for two doesn't mean just eating smaller versions of comfort food casseroles. You can still eat healthy while cooking casseroles for two!
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna for Two is a great option if you're a vegetarian or you just don't want to spend monkey on meat. One-Pan Baked Tilapia is light and guilt-free meal that is still satisfying. Skillet Paleo Casserole for Two is a recipe that follows the Paleo diet and can be on the table in just 30 minutes. Sweet Potato Surprise is a unique casserole that is vegan and can also be gluten-free!
Dessert Casseroles for Two
The perfect way to end a homemade meal is with a simple dessert recipe. Just like breakfast and dinner recipes, leftovers are also a problem for desserts. It can be overwhelming to make a full-sized dessert recipe only to find that there's no way you can finish it by yourself.
No matter your dessert craving, we have sweet solutions below. For those who love fruit desserts, we've included recipes with blackberries, apples, and mixed berries. You'll also find a small-batch bread pudding recipe and even a skillet oatmeal cookie recipe!
Make any recipe a meal for two with the help of our guide, Halving a Recipe: How to Cut a Casserole in Half
BONUS! Casseroles for One
If you are only cooking for one and don't want the leftovers you would get from a meal for two, try these casseroles for one.
We've included breakfast casseroles, dinner recipes, and even dessert below. These recipes are just as satisfying and delicious a classic casserole that would serve ten.
Plus, check out some additional resources on cooking for one.
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