Cheesy Potato Beef Bake Recipe
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Cheesy Potato Beef Bake Recipe

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"I created this layered meat-and-potatoes casserole a few years ago when my mother asked me what I wanted for supper," shares Nicole Rute. "My family thinks it tastes great," adds the 15-year-old Fall River, Wisconsin cook.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained, optional
  • 2 packages (5-1/4 ounces each) au gratin potatoes
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1-1/3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 243 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 908 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 16 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Top with mushrooms.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the potatoes and contents of sauce mix packets, water, milk, butter, salt, seasoned salt and pepper. Pour over beef and mushrooms. Cover and bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until heated through.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Cheesy Potato Beef Bake in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p40

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Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"Excellent. My wife went overboard on this. Doubled the recipe. Used 90% ground beef. Fried a large onion with the beef. Added a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, frozen baby carrots, can of cream of mushroom soup, mixed in 8 oz. of shredded cheddar, 2 Tb. worcestershire sauce, another bag of grated cheese on top.Baked 'till browned."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"I made this last night, and it will definitely be in our regular meal plans. The only change I made was instead of using shredded cheese, I topped it with Cheddar flavored French fried onions, since that's what I had on hand. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it is a keeper!"

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"Good recipe! I made it a little lower in calories, lower in fat, and quicker to make simply by using cubed turkey ham, which requires no pre-cooking, instead of ground beef. With this, it has 210 calories, 11 grams fat, 18 grams carbs, and 10 grams protein. (For even fewer calories, use 2% milk and fat-free cheese!) But it's good either way!"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"I just saw this recipe sounds fantastic! It will be tomorrow nights dinner."

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"This casserole is amazing to me! I have 4 children who never like the same thing, although ALL of them loved this!

This young lady is going to be a fantastic cook!"

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