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The Casserole Recipe
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The Casserole

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"My mom invented this flexible casserole when my first child was born -- and it's been a standard in our household ever since! The soups and veggies may be easily varied. I tend to used boxed mashed potatoes, and they're great, too. To double the recipe (and freeze one), only use 3 total cans of soup -- it gets really juicy. Yum!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish; set aside
  2. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash.
  3. Place lean ground beef and onion in a large skillet. Cook and stir over medium high heat until beef is evenly browned and onion is tender. Drain fat and stir in carrots, green beans, cream of mushroom soup and tomato soup.
  4. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until potatoes are lightly browned.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 15, 2004

This is quite good. Some changes: I did up the mashed potatoes as I normally would, with milk and butter, salt and pepper. I beat them with my hand mixer before adding them on top of the meat/vegetable mixture. I think next time I'm going to try adding some garlic powder to the meat mixture and the potatoes just to give it some extra flavour. Also, next time I'm going to try just adding the cheddar cheese into the potatoes. I didn't really enjoy having the hardened cheese on top. Using canned veggies made this very quick and easy. Oh yeah - I doubled the meat and was generous with the number of potatoes and then baked it in a small roast pan. I would make this again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 09, 2004

Surprisingly good... Although, I agree that it would be better if the cheese was mixed into the potatoes.

Jul 06, 2010

This was a really fabulous recipe. I made a few changes... For one, I left the potatoes cubed, (it seemed too much like shephard's pie with them mashed), and only used four, substituting the other four with sweet potatoes. It sounds odd but it was a big hit considering my husband does not like casserol. I also used fresh vegetables instead of canned and added a little garlic and chili powder to give it a littel extra flavor. I stirred the cheddar cheese in with the mixture rather than having all the hard, burned cheese on top. Great recipe for experimenting. Thanks a lot!

Oct 12, 2003

Looking at the recipe, my husband didn't think he would like it, but it ended up being a hit in my family! The cheese, mushroom soup and tomato soup really set it off for a nice filling meal! No leftovers!

Dec 03, 2009

That my husband and daughter liked this and they hate casseroles makes it a winner! I think it reminds them of the Hamburger Helper I won't buy anymore and they miss. I only substituted cream of celery for the mushroom, and frozen green beans and corn. This is a versatile dish that you can change up depending on what's in the cabinet and freezer. I would also suggest using can gravy if you have no cream soups. Less sodium. Next time I'll try the boxed potatoes, but it was still a pretty quick and easy dish. It helps that I always keep browned and drained ground beef in the freezer.

May 30, 2007

This was pretty good. I only had 3 potatoes so that's all I used but it was still fine. I mixed the cheese into the potatoes as others suggested and was glad I did. Also added milk, butter, salt, and pepper to the mashed potatoes. I used corn instead of carrots and added a generous amount of garlic powder to the hamburger.

Sep 29, 2003

While I thought this was really good, my family didn't like it, but they don't like casseroles. I substituted stew meat for the hamburger and it turned our great. Thanks for a great recipe that would be good for a potlcuk dinner.

Jan 25, 2010

I've had this a couple of ways. Once with ground beef, onions, potatoes, carrots, tomato soup and cheddar cheese. The second time with hot Italian ground turkey, parsnips, onions, carrots, potatoes, tomato soup and lots of cheddar cheese. This is a great recipe to play with and it will be a staple from now on. Next time I might not use any meat at all, just lots of root vegetables.


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  • Calories
  • 568 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 79 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 19.3 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 7.7 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 21 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 757 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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