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Cheesy Meatball Hash Brown Casserole

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Delicious creamy cheesy hash browns with tender juicy flavorful meatballs combine to create the perfect “meat and potatoes” meal! Your family will love this simple comfort dish!

Casserole dish filled with Meatball and Hash Brown Casserole.

One of the favorite recipes here at Norine’s Nest is our Country Hamburger Skillet Dinner. It’s a simple budget friendly recipe. Potatoes, Ground Beef, and Cheese! Voila!

What’s better than that dish? To take similar ingredients and make them into a wonderful comforting casserole!

A bed of creamy cheese hash brown potatoes provides the perfect nesting place for the scrumptious ground beef meatballs in this casserole! The combination is a heartwarming and filling dinner. I love the ease, and flavors, of this dish. Your family will too!

How To Make Cheesy Meatball Hash Brown Casserole

Let’s start with what you’re going to need to make this casserole. There are two parts to this dish. Each simple and easy to make. Most ingredients will be in your pantry.

Ingredients you’ll need for this Hash Brown Bake

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 C Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (10-¾ ounce) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 C (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 C (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ a large onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package (30 ounces) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed.

How To Make Tender Meatballs

In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the bread crumbs, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, Parmesan Cheese, onion powder and Worchestershire sauce.

Ingredients for meatballs in a large bowl.

Crumble beef over bread crumb mixture and mix well.

TIP: You can mix with a wooden spoon or use the hands the good Lord gave you for mixing meatballs! (Bet you didn’t know that’s why you have hands!)

Crumbled Ground Beef over meatball ingredients in a large glass bowl.

Grab a hearty pinch of the meat mixture and shape into 1-inch balls. Place the meatballs onto a baking sheet or plate until ready to cook.

Meatballs rolled and sitting in skillet.

Place meatballs in a large covered skillet over low heat, cook meatballs in a small amount of water until browned. Turn meatballs during cooking.

TIP: You are just “browning” the meatballs. It will be okay if they are still pink in the center as you will be baking them in the casserole.

I highly recommend watching the meatballs and not walking off. Mine got a tad too dark! (I decided to multi-task and change the laundry during cooking. Don’t do that! The laundry can wait… like it always does.)

Browning meatballs in a small amount of water and in a large covered skillet.

Turn off the heat and drain. Set aside while you make the cheesy potatoes!

How To Make Cheesy Hash Browns

In a large bowl, add thawed hash browns, combine soup, sour cream, cheese, onions, garlic powder, remaining salt, and pepper.

Cheesy Hash Brown soup mixture in glass bowl.

Stir mixture to create the potato base for the casserole.

Cheesy Potatoes ingredients in bowl.

Transfer to greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Spread with spatula until evenly distributed in the baking dish.

Baking dish filled with cheesy potatoes.

Arrange meatballs over top, pressing lightly into potato mixture.

TIP: Four meatballs across is perfect! These meatballs are so tender and juicy…even after baking!

Meatballs pressed into potato mixture in baking dish.

Baking Meatball Hash Brown Bake

Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Carefully uncover; sprinkle with cheese and top with freshly chopped chives (optional). Bake an additional 15 minutes longer, or until meat is no longer pink, potatoes are tender, and cheese is melted and slightly brown.

Top view of Meatball Hash Brown Bake.

This casserole is a crowd pleaser. It combines two favorites…a meat dish with a tasty potato side dish!

I serve this casserole with a big garden salad and fresh green beans! Mr. Nest gave this dish two hearty thumbs up! My grandkids gobbled it up! It’s a food hug from the inside out! You can’t ask for much more out of a casserole!

Cheesy Hash brown and Meatball Casserole in a baking dish, with a serving plate full of the casserole in front.

Other Favorite Comfort Dish Recipes

Thanks so much for stopping by today! It is my hope that this new casserole will be a relief to your budgets and fill the tummies of those that gather round your table.

Happy Nesting!

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Yield: 8 servings

Cheesy Meatball Hash Brown Casserole

Top view of Meatball Hash Brown Bake.

Delicious creamy cheesy hash browns with tender juicy flavorful meatballs combine to create the perfect "meat and potatoes" meal! Your family will love this simple comfort dish!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 C Parmesan Cheese
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 a large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package (30 ounces) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in the bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, worchestershire sauce, onion powder, and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. In a covered skillet over low heat, cook meatballs in a small amount of water until browned; drain. In a bowl, combine soup, sour cream, cheese, onion, garlic powder, and remaining salt and pepper. Add hash browns. Mix until combined.
  3. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Arrange meatballs over top, pressing lightly into mixture. Cover and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with extra cheese and chopped chives. Bake 15 minutes longer or until meat is no longer pink and potatoes are tender.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1014mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 22g

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