This is another one of my grandmother’s recipes, and my sister’s favorite meal. It is classic comfort food sure to fill your belly on a cold day, or great for whipping up when you’ve got a crowd to feed. The mashed potatoes take a little time, but the end result is completely worth it. Alternatively, you can use leftover mashed potatoes from another meal. This casserole takes few ingredients, most of which you’ll likely have on hand.
First, you’ll need to brown some ground beef and onion.
Meanwhile, boil some potatoes. These ones are peeled because my mom hates potato skins and I was cooking for her, but if it were up to me, I’d leave the skins on. They add flavor and texture and contain vitamins and fiber.
Drain the ground beef and add a whole jar of Ragu Cheese Sauce. Shh, don’t tell anyone I cheated and didn’t make my own cheese sauce!
Mash the potatoes with butter and sour cream, then layer the beef and mashed potatoes in a 9×13 glass casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 15 minutes; then remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes.
It will get all bubbly and melt around the edges, like this, and your kitchen will smell just like grandma’s. Talk about comfort food!
Serve this to a crowd of hungry men or to your family on a busy weeknight. They’ll eat it right up!
Easy Cheeseburger and Mashed Potato Casserole
2 lb lean ground beef
1 white onion
1 jar Ragu Double Cheddar Cheese sauce
5 lb potatoes
1 C sour cream
1/2 C butter
salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and dice the potatoes and dice the onion. Brown ground beef with onion and salt and pepper to taste in a large skillet. Meanwhile, boil potatoes in a large stock pot with salt and pepper until tender.
- Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 9×13 glass casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Once beef is done, drain any fat. Add entire jar of Ragu Double Cheddar Cheese Sauce to ground beef and mix thoroughly. Spread beef mixture on bottom of casserole dish.
- Drain potatoes in a colander and return to pot along with butter. Turn the heat off and use a potato masher to mash the potatoes while mixing in the butter. Add sour cream and stir in with a wooden spoon. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread mashed potatoes over cheesy beef in casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving to allow the casserole to settle.