The history of the casserole is longer than most of us realize. This one-dish meal feels rooted in kitschy, 1950s-era nostalgia, but it’s actually centuries old. The oldest written casserole recipe is for a simple pasta baked with cheese; it’s written in Latin and is dated circa 1250 A.D. The casserole is found all around the globe and are infinitely adaptable to available starches, proteins, and vegetables, and can be seasoned with a wide variety of spices. Because of the flexibility of a casserole, you can even experiment with these recipes, trying other complementary spices that could tweak the flavors to your own personal preferences.