Cheesy Bacon Meatball Potato Casserole ((a real crowd pleaser))

There comes a point when it is time for a change — right?? Well, I needed something different for dinner. I did a quick scan of my freezer, fridge and pantry and this is what I created: “Meatball Casserole”.

I normally go down the Italian road ((oh, how I literally went down the Italian road!!)) when using frozen meatballs – but with this recipe, I chose pure-dee comfort.

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These are my favorite brands, the meatballs are from Whole Foods and the hash browns  were last spotted at Crest.

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Spread the frozen hash browns out in a buttered casserole ((evenly)).

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Top with the frozen meatballs.

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Then assemble the cream cheese cheesy sauce. Start by heating the chicken broth, cream cheese and canned milk.

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Whisk until combined and smooth.

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Add shredded cheeses and stir to combine.

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Pour the cheese sauce over the meatballs and potatoes.

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Sprinkle chopped, cooked bacon, remaining cheeses and some fresh chopped chives.

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Cover with foil and place in a preheated, 400° oven. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until the center is bubbly and the cheeses are melted.

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Remove foil and broil for 2 to 3 minutes.

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It was so good — and so simple. I hope your family will enjoy this as much as mine did!

Cheesy Bacon Meatball Potato Casserole
Serves 10
A hearty casserole, potatoes, meatballs, bacon and lots of cheese! Comfort food at it's finest - but so easy to assemble!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag frozen hash browns
  2. 1 bag frozen meatballs ((the brand I use has about 22 meatballs))
  3. 12 oz cream cheese ((one and a half blocks, light is fine))
  4. 1 10-1/2 oz can chicken broth
  5. 1 11 oz can evaporated milk ((skim is fine))
  6. 2 c hand shredded sharp cheddar ((reserve 1/2 c for topping))
  7. 2 c hand shredded Monterey jack ((reserve 1/2 c for topping))
  8. salt & pepper to taste
  9. 10 strips precooked bacon
  10. 2 T fresh chopped chives
Instructions
  1. Spread the frozen hash browns out in a buttered casserole ((evenly)). Top with the frozen meatballs.
  2. Then assemble the cream cheese cheesy sauce. Start by heating the chicken broth, cream cheese and canned milk. Whisk until combined and smooth. Add shredded cheeses and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour the cheese sauce over the meatballs and potatoes. Sprinkle chopped, cooked bacon, remaining cheeses & fresh chopped chives.
  4. Cover with foil and place in a preheated, 400° oven. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until the center in bubbly and the cheeses are melted. Remove foil and broil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Serves 8 to 10
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4 Comments

  1. AinOakPark says:

    IT’S JUST NOT FAIR AT ALL! I do not have a pot luck to go to, I have no hungry boys living at home, and this is soooo not on my diet – BUT if I had any of these excuses, I’d be making this tonight. I’d probably slice up some green onions and add some red bell pepper to this as well. But I’m like that, I just can’t leave well enough alone.

    • Emily says:

      So glad you think it sounds good! I hope you find the opportunity to make it, maybe you can make it and divide it into individual portions and freeze it.:)

      • AinOakPark says:

        Ha! Thanks for the excuse to make it. Actually, I ended up making it for my Bunco group. Everyone entered saying, “Oh, what smells good?” and “There’s bacon in that, right?” I found mini meatballs, which worked great, and I made it in my largest casserole, adding twice the weight in meatballs (thus making it “low carb” LOL – this is how I rationalized it) and although everyone moaned about how it wasn’t on their diet, half the casserole was devoured, which is a lot, since all 12 people bring something to share. My daughter, forking out the the cold leftovers while I cleaned up, decreed: “You can make this for Christmas morning, with sausage. Or really, any day at all.”

        • Emily says:

          Yay!! I am so glad you were able to find the opportunity to make this recipe! Thank you for letting me know it was a hit too. It is always nice to hear the outside world enjoys the things I make for my herd!!

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