Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

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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
First you need to make the stroganoff off the package.

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

Cheesy Hamburger Casserole
Now you pour the stroganoff into the casserole dish.

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
Spreading the cottage cheese can be tough. That is why I use a spatula.

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
Look at all that wonderful cheese!

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
Fresh from the oven. (Tempting to just dig in immediately!)

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!
Cheesy Hamburger Casserole
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. Hamburger Helper Stroganoff Dinner Kit
  3. 1 C. hot water
  4. 2 C. milk
  5. 16 oz. small curd cottage cheese
  6. 3-4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
  7. 1/4 C. shredded parmesan cheese
  8. Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Brown the ground beef, adding salt & pepper.
  3. Prepare the stroganoff kit as directed (using the water and milk)
  4. Pour the stroganoff into a 9x13 casserole dish.
  5. Spread the cottage cheese over the stroganoff.
  6. Sprinkle the mozzarella, then the parmesan on top.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Let rest for 5-10 minutes so it will set.
Adapted from from my Aunt Nita
Adapted from from my Aunt Nita
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  1. // Reply

    Wow does this look amazing! Love me some cheesy casseroles. I found your recipe over at the Turn it Up Tuesday’s link party. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it as much as I do. Have a wonderful day!!
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    Oh my goodness! I could eat that everyday and not get tired of it! This is like cheese heaven! I just wish I can find curd cottage cheese. Thanks for sharing this at Whatever Wednesday Denise! Pinning!
    Jhanis recently posted…Whatever Wednesday Blog Party

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    Hi Denise; stopping by from Spoonful of Foodies…This looks really delicious – who doesn’t love a cheesy topping?! I live in London so Hamburger Helper is not readily available. When I lived in Canada, I have a vague recollection that it was a sort of herb blend – I think. What is in this one that you have used? Do you have any suggestions for subs?
    Selma @ Selma’s Table recently posted…Flourless Chocolate and Raspberry Torte

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