1 pound sweet Italian sausage, (no casings)
1 small Vidalia Onion, chopped
2 large Yukon potatoes, chopped
1 cup baby carrots, halved
1 can diced tomatoes with herbs
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Brown sausage and onion. Drain off grease.
- Place sausage in the bottom of a 9×9 casserole.
- Drain tomatoes, reserving juice.
- Toss together the potatoes and carrots and layer over the sausage and onion mix.
- Top with the tomatoes.
- Whisk together the tomato juice, ricotta cheese and seasoning
- Pour over top of everything.
- Top with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake 45 minutes or until potatoes are done.
For some reason hubby loves Hamburger helper. Must be left over from his bachelor days. Now I can’t have pre-prepared foods so I made him a substitute recipe that tastes even better. I make in advance too which makes a great weeknight casserole ready to pop in the oven when you get home. Hubby likes the texture of Velveeta, but I find it a bit rubbery. So I tried Land of Lakes American cheese and it slices great while still giving you that smooth creamy cheese texture when it melts.
BACON CHEESEBURGER HAMBURGER HELPER NOT!!**
6 bacon strips cooked crisp and crumbled
1 1/2 pounds hamburger
1 small Vidalia onion, chopped
2 cups green giant frozen corn, thawed
2 large Yukon potatoes, sliced
Land o’ Lakes American Cheese Slices
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Toss bacon and corn together.
- Layer potatoes over top.
- Generously salt and pepper the potatoes.
- Place a thin layer of cheese slices over potatoes.
- Brown hamburger and onions together. Salt and pepper well while meat is browning. Drain off fat.
- Layer over the potatoes and top with another layer of potatoes.
- Salt and pepper again and layer with another layer of cheese.
- Cover and bake for 45 minutes.
- Uncover and bake another 15 minutes.
**I like to make these back to back (that way I also have 2 meals ready to go with half the mess) so the left over bits of browned sausage and caramelized onion add flavor to the hamburger.
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