Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

3 years ago

Everyone has that one or two recipes that are go-to recipes in your home. You know, the recipe that you know all will love and likely was a recipe your parents made at one time for you. We have a handful like that in our home. This recipe I’m sharing with you today is one of our favorite go-to recipes. 

Cheesy Hamburger CasseroleOriginally, this recipe was called Hamburger Pie Italiano. We still call it that, for the most part, but I have never understood the name (the only thing Italian in it is the mozzarella) so I renamed it Cheesy Hamburger Casserole. Much more fitting, I must say. 

The recipe was given to my parents by my Aunt Nita over 25 years ago. It has been one I have loved ever since! When I was single, I would make this casserole on a Sunday and then eat it all week until it was gone. I could have frozen it, but why? 

I have tweaked the recipe slightly since I started making it over 20 years ago, but it remains basically the same. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

As the oven preheated to 375°, I browned my ground beef, adding a dash of salt and pepper as it cooks. Next, I followed the directions on the Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff box to the letter. 

Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

Once the Hamburger Helper is cooked, I poured the stroganoff into a 9×13 casserole dish.

Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

Using a spatula (it makes it easier to spread), I spread a 16-oz container of small curd cottage cheese over the stroganoff.

Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

Then, I added at least 3 cups of shredded mozzarella (12 oz) on top. (Sometimes I get extra generous and add another cup. I love cheese!) I sprinkled about 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan on top of that. 

Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

 

Now I baked the casserole, uncovered, for close to 25 minutes. I waited to pull it out until the cheese on top was not just melted but a slight golden brown in spots. 

Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

You should let the casserole rest for 5-10 minutes so it can set. My family and I have a problem. We don’t usually let it do that and dive right in. The result of doing that is an ooey, gooey, mess, but it doesn’t matter because it tastes so good!

Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

Oh! I can’t wait to take a bite of that!

This post originally appeared at Adventure of a Jayhawk Mommy where a printable recipe is available.

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