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The Best Casserole Bakeware to Get You Through Winter

A red casserole dish, loaded with creamy macaroni and cheese.
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The aroma of hot, oven-baked food is the epitome of comfort. If you also have quality bakeware, it makes the baking, serving, and cleaning that much easier. Below, you’ll find a list of our favorite casserole cookware for any budget.

So, if you’ve been longing for a new quality showpiece or just need a new round dish for a reasonable price, read on!

Best Overall: Le Creuset Stoneware Heritage Covered Dish

A rustic brown rectangular Creuset casseroled dish, presented on a wooden cutting board, with a linen by the stoneware dish.
Le Creuset

Le Creuset is a well-respected French cookware company known for its fine craftsmanship and high quality. This gorgeously glossed casserole dish offers the superior heat retention and even distribution essential for any casserole.

This large, four-quart, rectangular dish comes complete with a secure-fitting lid to trap heat, along with a traditional loop handle for easy removal. The impermeable enamel exterior resists chips and stains, and it’s safe for use in ovens, microwaves, broilers, and the dishwasher.

Le Creuset stoneware is a bit pricier than other brands, but anyone who owns one of these babies will agree, they’re worth every pretty penny. You’ll also love showing off its timeless beauty at your next dinner party or family get-together.

Best for a Crowd: Crock-Pot Programmable Slow Cooker

We found an all-in-one casserole dish that any entertainer or home chef should own. This programmable slow cooker does it all. It’s a kitchen workhorse with a 3.5-quart removable casserole dish that goes right in the oven.

Once your dish is ready, you can then keep it warm by placing it into the easy-to-carry crock. This multipurpose winner can also slow cook food and save you oven space, making it perfect for the holidays.

So, whether you have hot spinach and artichoke dip or a warm dessert ready for later, this all-in-one appliance makes prep and entertaining far too easy.

Best Budget: Pyrex Casserole Dish

Pyrex has been around for a long time and is best known for its high-quality glass cookware. This multipurpose dish is safe for the freezer, microwave, oven, and dishwasher. It’s made for baking and storing.

For under $20, you get a casserole dish you can just take out of the oven and go! Plus, it’ll last for years. The large handles make it easy (and safe) to transport, and it comes with a BPA-free secure lid that makes it perfect for storing or stacking.

Most Versatile: Lodge Enamel Cast Iron Casserole Dish

A shallow blue cast iron dish cooking chicken and mushrooms on a stove top, with a red, deep cast iron dutch oven in the background and some vegetables set to the side.
Lodge

This 3.6-quart enamel, cast-iron casserole dish is, technically, a Dutch oven, but it can easily be used as a casserole dish. The main difference is a Dutch oven is made from cast iron (enameled or not) and can also be used on a stovetop. A casserole dish, on the other hand, is crafted for the oven.

That means you can use this dish in many ways. It retains heat extremely well—especially compared to other basic casserole cookware. This gorgeous dish also makes the perfect centerpiece for your holiday table and doesn’t need to be seasoned.

Best Splurge: Le Creuset Cast Iron Oval Casserole Dish

Another enameled Dutch oven that also works phenomenally as a casserole dish, this stunning piece by Le Creuset works for soup, sauces, roasts, and anything else you can dream up.

The interior enamel makes for easy food release and quick cleanup. Plus, the cast-iron craftsmanship guarantees even and long-lasting heat retention. This one is definitely a splurge, but if you love cooking, its value is priceless.

Best Round: CorningWare French White Dish

There’s something to be said about traditional, classic cookware. For some, the nostalgia takes you right back to childhood dinners at grandma’s, many of which were likely served in lovely stoneware casserole dishes like this one.

CorningWare resists chipping or cracking and is sealed with a nonporous surface to resist food stains, odors, and flavors. This round dish is specially crafted for the oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, and tabletop—all the essential places in our busy, everyday lives.

Best Set: Staub Four-Piece Casserole Set

Staub is another beautifully designed French brand, best known for its exceptional presentation and performance. This four-piece set includes everything you need to cook anything from a sweet cobbler to grandma’s famous lasagna.

The durable stoneware diffuses heat gently, but brilliantly retains it. Plus, the porcelain enamel finish provides a timeless, unequaled beauty. You can also take any of these dishes straight out of the oven to the table thanks to the easy-to-grab handles.

You’ll enjoy these lovely showpieces throughout the holidays, and beyond.


If you need the perfect casserole dish to make your famous sweet apple crisp, or your family’s favorite mac and cheese, browse each of our selections.

Before you choose, just make sure you understand the dish’s functionality to ensure you make the best possible selection for all your cooking needs.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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