If you’re looking for some hearty, warming vegan recipes that are easy to make, you should definitely consider casseroles.
Although casseroles often use a slow cooking method, meaning that they aren’t always the quickest to cook, they’re easy to prepare and they’re super convenient because you can prepare and serve your meal in the same dish.
Plus, if you cook in large enough quantities, you can use your favorite casserole recipes for meal prep throughout the week!
We’ve tried a lot of vegan casserole recipes in our time, but we’ve managed to narrow our selection down to our top 28. Take a look at our chosen recipes to find your next go-to evening meal!
Even if green beans aren’t your favorite vegetable, give this casserole a try – it might change your opinion!
This vegan green bean casserole manages to be creamy and crunchy at the same time, which we think is the key to an amazing casserole dish. The crispy fried onions on top really bring this meal together.
You can easily veganize the classic shepherd’s pie by following this recipe. This dish still has the meaty flavor you’d expect from a shepherd’s pie thanks to the fennel seeds as well as the lentils and peas.
Unlike most shepherd’s pies, you can make this one in about an hour, so it’s a quicker and easier recipe than most.
Few vegetables are more wholesome than the sweet potato, so if you’re looking for vegan casseroles to make, this sweet potato casserole should be high on your list.
What makes this casserole really stand out is the delicious pecan nut topping which adds some desirable crunch to the soft sweetness of the sweet potato.
Did you know that you can make a vegan version of mac and cheese? Well, with this recipe, you can – and we think it’s just as delicious as the dairy-based recipes.
The creamy ‘cheese’ sauce in this recipe is made from soaked cashews which is incredible when paired with the breadcrumb topping.
If you’re looking for recipes to warm you up during the fall, pumpkin recipes are the obvious choice. That’s why we’re recommending this vegan pumpkin casserole.
For the filling, you’ll be using pumpkin, shallots, sage, thyme, garlic, vegan butter, cannellini beans, coconut milk, mustard, nutmeg. The topping is a basic vegan stuffing mix.
We love vegan tacos, and if you do, too, this vegan taco casserole recipe is the one for you.
The main ingredients in this casserole, as you might expect, are beans and vegan cheese, plus tomatoes, jalapenos, and corn. You can serve it with your favorite salsa and tortilla chips.
This delicious pasta casserole is made with a vegan kale pesto sauce. It also contains sauteed eggplant as well as some very flavorful sundried tomatoes which work beautifully with the pesto.
There’s also a lot of olive oil in this recipe for extra flavor.
For the final touch, you’ll add a breadcrumb and garlic topping.
There’s no denying that tater tots are some of the most delicious potato-based foods out there, so if you’re looking for satisfying, vegan potato casseroles, try this tater tot casserole recipe.
This is a very indulgent casserole recipe topped with vegan cheese. The creamy filling contains green beans and other mixed vegetables, plus vegan ground meat.
For the ultimate filling casserole that also happens to be highly versatile and, most importantly, vegan, check out this cornbread casserole recipe!
All you need to do is sautee your chosen vegetables, mix wet and dry ingredients separately, combine all the ingredients, top with vegan cheese, and bake for up to 30 minutes.
10. Vegan Baked Ziti
This baked ziti pasta dish is vegan because it’s made with seitan sausages rather than real meat, and the sauce is made with vegan mozzarella.
If you had any doubt remaining that vegan cheese and meat alternatives can be as good as the real thing, think again!
Make sure to undercook the pasta just a little before you bake so that it’s the perfect texture when you take it out of the oven.
If you haven’t tried the combination of eggplant and parmesan before, you’re definitely missing out and you should make this vegan eggplant parmesan casserole as a priority.
Of course, you’ll be using a vegan parmesan alternative and some vegan mozzarella to make a creamy sauce for the eggplant and other vegetables to bake in.
12. Potato Casserole
A potato casserole might sound like quite a basic vegan casserole recipe, but less is often more when it comes to staple recipes. This potato casserole recipe is the perfect example of this.
We’re obsessed with the coconut milk, potato starch, and tahini sauce used in this recipe, although you could substitute it for a vegan mac and cheese style sauce if you prefer.
If you’re sitting here thinking ‘how can a tuna casserole be vegan?’, check out this recipe to find out!
There are a few different ways to make vegan ‘tuna’ replacements, but in this case, you’ll be using a combination of plant milk, cashews, onion granules, kelp granules, and black pepper.
Trust us when we say it’s one of the best vegan tuna recipes out there.
Vegetable curry is a classic vegan meal, so why not change it up slightly and make a vegan curry casserole?
Using non-dairy milk, a spice mix made out of traditional Indian curry spices, tomato puree and mixed vegetables, you can have a curry casserole ready to bake in no time.
Just serve with your favorite rice and garnish with lemon juice and cilantro.
Because of their meaty flavor and texture as well as their nutritional benefits, mushrooms are an obvious choice for a hearty vegan casserole dish.
We love this wild rice and mushroom casserole because it’s perfect all year round and it’s creamy enough that even non-vegans will want seconds and even thirds!
If you can get your hands on some plant-based chorizo sausages (many vegan brands stock these), you should absolutely try out this vegan chorizo pasta bake.
Plant-based pasta bakes are, in our opinion, some of the best vegan casseroles because they’re so easy to make and always so tasty.
This particular one is spicy, cheesy, and packed with nutritious veggies – what’s not to love?
Vegan enchiladas are another staple of plant-based Mexican cuisine, and we love how this recipe turns this classic dish into an amazing casserole!
To make a vegan enchilada casserole, you will need corn tortillas, vegan cheese, black beans, bell pepper, corn, white onion, and vegetable broth.
For the sauce, you’ll be using tomatoes and various spices, and you can top the dish with cilantro and green onions. The whole recipe is oil-free and gluten-free.
18. Vegan Lasagna
If you’ve recently gone vegan, you might have thought that your days of enjoying hot, cheesy lasagna were behind you – but you were wrong!
This vegan lasagna is no less creamy than dairy and meat-based lasagnas, and it’s much healthier.
The secret to this lasagna’s creaminess and meaty texture is red lentils, tofu, and vegan mozzarella cheese.
This spinach, artichoke, and quinoa casserole is an excellent healthy option when you’re looking for a recipe that’s easy to prepare, highly nutritious, and vegan.
We should also add that this is a gluten-free recipe.
All you need to make this casserole is quinoa, chickpeas, steamed spinach, artichokes, and vegan parmesan cheese to make the dish creamy and tangy.
You’ve probably tried cauliflower cheese before, but this combination also happens to make for the perfect casserole. If you use vegan cheese, as this recipe calls for, it’s also an amazing vegan meal.
When topped with buttery breadcrumbs (the recipe explains how to make them) this casserole has to be one of our all-time favorites.
This simple but satisfying (and high-protein) vegan lentil bake is also gluten-free, and while it’s a healthy option overall, it doesn’t taste like a restrictive diet choice at all!
That’s mostly thanks to the tahini you’ll be adding to your lentils before baking to ensure a smooth and creamy texture as well as a delicious nutty flavor.
Much like pumpkin, butternut squash is a great vegetable to incorporate into your meals during the fall, and it works really well in casseroles.
This butternut squash casserole also contains quinoa and black beans for added protein, and the vegan cheese topping will have you reaching for a second helping.
23. Vegan Pasta Bake
Cheese and tomato pasta bake is a staple casserole dish, and the good news is you can still make this home-cooked favorite if you’re vegan!
Just follow this recipe and use a combination of vegan cheese, plant-based milk, and dijon mustard to achieve that tangy, dairy-like flavor.
Casseroles don’t always have to be savory, as this incredible French toast casserole clearly demonstrates!
We love the use of vegan cinnamon-infused custard in this recipe. You can serve it for breakfast or dessert – or both!
We’ve already recommended a vegan lasagna recipe, but if you’d like to try something a little different, we also suggest this recipe for polenta, mushroom and kale lasagna.
The polenta makes this dish extra filling and at just 182 calories per serving, it’s a great low-calorie alternative.
When you’re in the mood for Mexican food, this Mexican bean and rice casserole will hit the spot.
The garlic and chili powder in this recipe packs a punch, but the added recipe for vegan no-cheese sauce helps to balance the flavors.
This squash and asparagus casserole is super healthy because it’s loaded with veggies. It’s perfect for summer, packed with antioxidants, and full of fiber.
Plus, the vegan mozzarella cheese makes it taste like a treat!
Chickpea noodle casserole is filling, high-protein, and comforting for cold days.
This particular recipe features a fantastic cheese-like sauce made from soaked cashews, and the chicken-flavored bouillon (still vegan!) will satisfy omnivores and plant-based eaters alike.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Makes A Good Vegan Casserole?
If you want to make your vegan casserole the best it can be, it’s a good idea to use fresh ingredients rather than frozen.
Most recipes will also recommend par-cooking your vegetables first to ensure the perfect texture when your dish comes out of the oven.
You’ll also want to slice and dice your ingredients into relatively small pieces to make it easier to portion your food evenly out of the dish and ensure thorough cooking.
Are Vegan Casseroles Healthy?
Vegan casseroles can definitely be a healthy option if that’s your priority when choosing recipes! For example, a green bean casserole, kale pasta, or a lentil bake are all highly nutritious options.
On the other hand, if you don’t feel the need to cook strictly ‘healthy’ meals all the time, there are also some more indulgent vegan casserole recipes out there.
For example, vegan mac and cheese, French toast casserole, and tater tot casserole might not be low in calories, but they’re some of our favorites!
How Can You Thicken A Vegan Casserole?
One of the main problems people tend to run into when making vegan casseroles (or any type of casserole) is the finished product being too thin or runny.
This makes a casserole difficult to serve and eat, and a thin casserole simply isn’t as satisfying.
If you think you need to thicken your casserole, you have a few options. If the recipe is compatible with adding breadcrumbs, this is one of the easiest ways to thicken your dish.
You could also add more potatoes, or a vegan puree that pairs well with the other ingredients in the casserole.
Now that you’ve reached the end of our article, you should have some exciting ideas for vegan casseroles to bring to the table!
Whether you like creamy sauces, hot spice blends, or even custardy desserts, there’s a vegan dish here that will suit you.
The number of vegan cheese and milk alternatives on the market at the moment means you don’t have to give up your favorite dairy-based casseroles now that you’re vegan.
Just follow these recipes, and you can’t go wrong!