Vegan Casserole Recipes for Cold Nights

By Lisa Esile, MS,

As the weather cools down, casserole season is officially heating up, so we've rounded up our favorite vegan casserole recipes. Unlike the casseroles of yesteryear, these healthy plant-based creations are loaded with colorful vegetables, creamy-without-the-cream sauces, healthy whole grains and legumes, and flavorful herbs and spices. From biryani to moussaka to shepherd's pie, there's a vegan casserole recipe for whatever flavors you're craving.

Individual Broccoli and Wild Rice Casseroles in white ramekins

Individual Broccoli and Wild Rice Casseroles

The nutty flavor of wild rice adds extra body to these single-serve casseroles, which also feature oodles of umami-rich mushrooms, broccoli, bell pepper, and chickpeas. A slurry of oat flour and nutritional yeast adds creamy, cheesy flavor. Note: You could cook this as one big casserole, but there's something extra special about individual portions; it's worth investing in ramekins at some stage. Shares one reviewer, "The flavor and texture were amazing! Makes a huge batch. We loved every bite!"
Southwest Spaghetti Casserole on white plates

Southwest Spaghetti Casserole

This delectable smoky-flavored vegan casserole combines the comforting goodness of whole grain spaghetti with tender veggies, earthy black beans, and a silky chile-infused sweet potato sauce to delicious effect. Top with fresh scallions and cilantro, and dig in!
Mini Vegan Tamale Pie in white ramekins

Mini Vegan Tamale Pie

A golden crust made from almond flour and masa harina is the perfect topper for these saucy tomato, bean, and vegetable mini casseroles, while taco seasoning adds bold flavor with minimal effort. Serve in individual ramekins or make one big casserole: Either way, the flavor-texture combination is divine!
Vegan Moussaka in a casserole dish

Vegan Moussaka

Velvety eggplant, earthy potatoes, and a smoky, umami-rich mushroom-lentil sauce give this hearty vegan casserole divine savory flavor. A vegan cheesy white sauce, poured over the top, ensures every mouthful is a creamy one.
Baked Vegetable Biryani in a casserole dish next to a white plate with a full serving and metal fork

Baked Vegetable Biryani

Biryani is a classic Indian dish that is usually filled with ghee and meat. In this tasty vegan casseroled version, saffron-infused milk and fresh ginger add warm flavor to mixed veggies and brown rice while raisins add sweet notes and cashews provide crunch.
Potato-Spinach Casserole with Trumpet Mushrooms on a white plate

Potato-Spinach Casserole with Trumpet Mushrooms

The classic flavors of potato, spinach, and mushrooms come together perfectly in this comforting bake. Earthy potato slices soak up the herb-infused savory sauce, which also features tofu for extra creaminess. Note: The sauce is gluten-free and uses brown rice flour and chickpea flour to thicken. If you don’t have trumpet mushrooms, feel free to substitute with button mushrooms or portobello mushrooms.
Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Herbed Mushroom Stuffing

Sweet Potato Casserole with Herbed Mushroom Stuffing

Jam-packed with fall flavors, this satisfying casserole features alternating layers of sweet potatoes; mushroom-laden, cranberry-studded stuffing; and savory vegan cream sauce.
Harvest Vegetable Casserole with Lentils and Gravy in a serving dish

Harvest Vegetable Casserole with Lentils and Gravy

This delectable casserole could take center stage at any special-occasion table. The combination of earthy lentils topped with crispy baked veggies and a cinnamon-infused umami-rich gravy make this a fan favorite. As one reviewer notes: “This casserole is out-of-this-world delicious!! Especially the gravy, which is now my family’s new gravy for everything.”
Budget-Friendly Shepherd’s Pie in a white bowl with a wooden spoon

Budget-Friendly Shepherd’s Pie

Featuring savory veggies beneath creamy mashed potatoes, this comforting shepherd’s pie doesn’t skimp on flavor. Added bonus: Everything you need to make this is probably already in your pantry!
Mexican style beans rice casserole

Mexican-Style Vegan Bean and Rice Casserole

This classic bean and rice dish gets kicked up a notch with loads of veggies, ancho chile powder, and toasted cumin. A cheesy-without-the-cheese sauce adds creamy texture.
brown rice casserole with broccoli and tomatoes, shown in a round white casserole dish

Broccoli and Brown Rice Casserole with Chickpeas

Packed with broccoli, brown rice, chickpeas, and tomato, this colorful, nourishing casserole uses everyday ingredients you’re likely to have in your cupboard. To make it spicier: Just rev up the chili powder.
The Best Green Bean Casserole for Wordpress

The Best Vegan Green Bean Casserole

A creamy mushroom gravy complements the crispier elements of this vegan take on a classic casserole, which features a base of roasted flaxseed-coated onions and, of course, green beans.
Pumpkin Alfredo Casserole Wordpress

Pumpkin Alfredo Casserole

Canned pumpkin blends with broth-cooked cauliflower and potato to form a rich, flavorful, and colorful sauce in this autumnal linguine casserole.

Tu-No Casserole (Vegan Tuna Casserole)

This vegan twist on a casserole classic is made with garbanzo beans and mushrooms instead of tuna.
Easy vegan casserole with side of spices and herbs

Indian-Spiced Cauliflower and Potato Casserole

Potatoes, chickpeas, cauliflower, tomatoes, and an array of spices come together in this mouthwatering meal that will warm you right up.

Vegan Rice Casserole with Lentils

Bring this crowd-pleasing dish to your next potluck gathering, and be prepared to share the recipe. Make it with rice or pasta, and be sure to plan ahead to soak the lentils for six hours for extra-tasty results!

Breakfast Burrito Bake

Built for breakfast, this cozy dish works equally well for lunch or dinner!  The creamy topping is made from grated potatoes and nutritional yeast, and the filling is packed with herbs and vegetables. This recipe is super flexible, so substitute what you’ve got in the cupboard.
Filling and flavorful, this enchilada casserole is easier to make than enchiladas, since you don’t need to roll the tortillas or make a separate sauce.

Southwestern Enchilada Casserole

Filling and flavorful, a colorful enchilada casserole delivers the satisfaction of regular enchiladas without the hassle of making a separate sauce or filling and rolling tortillas.

Shepherd’s Pot Pie

This combination of warm mashed potatoes, vegetables, and gravy is so good you may wish you hadn’t invited your friends over to share.

This article was originally published on Oct. 23, 2017, and has been updated. 

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.
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