Ground Beef au Gratin Casserole

We need to eat. There are some days that we have hours to stir and blend and create in order to produce an award winning meal. Other days, we want dinner to be quick and easy. Just because we are eating without hours of work, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t eat quality food!

Betty Crocker Beef Au Gratin CasseroleThis time of year, many of us seem to crave really hearty and filling comfort food. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Comfort Food is Cheese! This Casserole is created using some kitchen staples and is creamy & delicious, with little effort.

 Casserole from Au Gratin and Ground Beef

I always stock up on Ground Beef when it is on sale and freeze it into 1 pound bags. Betty Crocker makes some delicious Potatoes (they may be loaded with sodium – but they are so good). Stocking up on Pantry Staples like Au Gratin Potatoes is another money-wise trick I live by. Once you have those staples in your house, you are 45 minutes of [nearly] hands off time away from a dinner that is worthy of serving to your family. Throw together a quick salad and you have a relatively balanced meal!

Potato Au Gratin Casserole with Beef and Betty Crocker

Ground Beef au Gratin Casserole
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb high quality ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 package Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes (flavor of your choice)
  • 1¾ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced green onions (chives)
  1. Heat oven to 400Ā°F. Spray 2-quart glass baking dish with cooking spray. In a small skillet, cook ground beef & onion over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink - drain if needed
  2. In large bowl mix sauce pouch, water, milk and butter. Add in the potatoes and cooked beef. Pour potato mixture into baking dish.
  3. Bake uncovered 35 minutes. Top with green onions. Bake 5 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender. Let stand 5 minutes before serving (sauce will thicken as it stands).

NOTE – Betty Crocker did not pay for any part of this post, nor did they supply me with any items. I am more than welcome to doing guest posts or sponsored posts and all views expressed here are 100% honest and my own!

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And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What are some household staples you always have on hand?


Ground Beef au Gratin Casserole — 15 Comments

  1. I have an actual question that has to deal with the meal! Could you substitute another meat, sausage for example, instead of using the ground beef?

    • Emma – I think that Sausage would be AMAZING in this recipe (ground or links)! You can use any sort of potato or meat in this recipe – thanks for asking that question, it is a good one! šŸ˜‰

    • That sounds delicious Brandy – I had the last of the leftovers today, and now want it with some ham!!

  2. “2 Tablespoons sliced green onions (chives)”

    Green onions ARE NOT the same thing as chives. Chives are an herb, and green onions are green onions. See: (or the internet in general, if you don’t believe me).

    I think you actually want to add chives, as you previously instruct to use an onion in your ingredient list.

    I was already a looking at this recipe with a critical eye, because you seem to just be basically telling everyone to rip open a box of Betty Crocker au gratin potatoes, dump in some hamburger meat and onions and chives and presenting this as _your recipe_, on a website where the word ‘chef’ appears in the URL.

    I suppose there is nothing technically wrong or cheating about that, as box food can be used in a pinch to save time, but it certainly made me give the side-eye. I was going to just let it go and not comment at all until I saw you are referring to green onion as chives, again on a website which has the word ‘chef’ in the URL.

    Further, I object to the statement that box food is a ‘money-wise’ meal-time option. Sure, the box may cost ony $1.69, but for only 4.7oz, whereas you can get an 8lb bag of Russet Potatos for $2.77. With the rest of your ingredients in the list, one could make this recipe for much cheaper, overall, if one bought fresh potatoes. More time consuming with potato preparation, but certainly cheaper, everyone knows that. Convenience foods are priced higher because they remove a good deal of the grunt work out of food preparation.

    And lastly, you say, paradoxically I may add: ‘they may be loaded with sodium ā€“ but they are so good’ and then finish that paragraph up with, ‘…a dinner that is worthy of serving to your family.’ Let us also not forget all the other unnecessary junk – have you read the ingredients on these boxes lately? Worthy of your family, seriously?

    Box food is good when you need to whip something up super fast and can overlook the ingredient list, but I couldn’t imagine refering to box food as ‘staples I always keep on hand’.

    I am well aware at this point you probably consider me to be a mean-sprited troll, but your comment box asks ‘What do you think?’ and I honestly feel this recipe article misleads people into thinking this is a cost-effective, wholesome meal created by you which is worthy to serve to their familes. If you disagree, whatever, your blog, right?

    Please at least correct the recipe.

    • Brooke, calm down. While against my better judgment I shouldn’t bother replying, as I see the author hasn’t and probably with good reason – but I just wanted to comment I think you’re going a bit overboard here. This is the first time I’ve ever been to this site, because I was looking for a basic ground beef au gratin casserole, and this one seems to fit the bill perfectly.

      I see that you have your issues with the recipe – but you know, that’s all good and grand to have opinions, but stating them in such a way makes you come off a little bit of a bully. I don’t mean any disrespect to you, I’m just saying perhaps you could have gotten your point across without being so assertive about it. I mean after all, she’s offering you a recipe not instructions on how to perform brain surgery. If you fully object to her recipe, here’s an option – don’t use it.

      Having said all that, I want to THANK teacher-chef for taking the time to post this recipe. I know what it’s like to run a blog, and I think this recipe will be just great. Thank you for your time and effort to share it with us.

    • Box Meals are not my “normal” dinner… but I LOVE having them on hand for a quick and easy and delicious meal; those loaded potatoes are yummy too!!!

  3. This is NOT the time or place for such negative comments. We would all like to think of ourselves as people with our own ideas, but the post by Brooke was just plain mean.