Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
Having a larger family and preferring leftovers, doubled recipe. Omitted onions instead using 1 each of red, orange, yellow & green peppers to cook with ground beef. Also, used plain whipped cream cheese omitting chives. (Family member has onion/garlic sensitivity)Topped casserole w/3 cups shredded Italian cheese blend. Also, used 2 8x8 glass baking dishes instead of 13x9. Surprised there was no black pepper in this recipe but tried to stick as close to original recipe as possible. Poster shared great base recipe for Comfort Food with endless possibilities for variations. :)