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Cheesy Potato Beef Bake

"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


  • 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 shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Top with mushrooms.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 243 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 908mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 16g protein.
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  • Kristi
    Aug 5, 2020

    Loved this recipe. Left the mushrooms out because my family does not care for them, other than that followed the recipe and it turned out perfect.

  • Travis
    Jan 17, 2018

    What a waste of good hamburger this pos turned out to be....shoulda just grilled burgers and made the boxed taters properly

  • milford62
    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.

  • donutmachine
    Jun 1, 2012

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  • LKC
    Nov 27, 2011

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  • jrsander
    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!

  • elendil
    Oct 19, 2010

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  • Sierraslim
    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!

  • REnriquez
    Aug 25, 2010

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  • G-man
    Sep 17, 2009

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