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Tator Tot Casserole: The Ultimate Comfort Food

You guys are going to love this.  Tator tots, cheese, beef- Mmmmm what’s not to like?  This is one of my go-to dishes.  It’s simple, it has few ingredients, it’s delicious… It’s the ultimate comfort food!  What’s your go-to comfort food??   

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Here is what you'll need:

tator tot casserole: the ultimate comfort food- ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp. minced garlic (more or less depending on how much you like it)
  • 1.5 tbsp minced onions (You can dice a yellow onion and use that, if you have the time.)
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. parsley
  • cooking spray
  • 2 cans condensed tomato soup
  • 3/4 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese (or Italian blend)
  • 2-3 tbsp. grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 3/4 bag frozen extra crispy tator tots
  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef (not pictured)
  • salt and pepper to taste (not pictured)

Here's what you have to do:

  1. Set your oven to bake ate 400 degrees.
  2. Pour olive oil into skillet.
  3. Brown beef on medium heat, stirring in garlic, minced onions, salt, and pepper halfway through.
  4. Once beef is browned, add the tomato soup, Italian seasoning, and parsley.  Lower heat and stir.tator tot casserole: the ultimate comfort food- in the pan
  5. Spray a 9×12 glass dish with cooking spray.
  6. Pour beef mixture into dish in an even layer.
  7. Top with mozzarella cheese.tator tot casserole: the ultimate comfort food- before the tots
  8. Cover with frozen tator tots.
  9. Sprinkle tots with Pecorino Romano.tator tot casserole: the ultimate comfort food- before going in oven
  10. Bake for 30 minutes, uncovered and on middle rack.
  11. Optional- Broil for 3-4 minutes after baking for crispier tots- But be careful not to burn them!  It can happen very quickly.
  12. Use a spatula to scoop out, and ENJOY!tator tot casserole: the ultimate comfort food- finished

That’s whats up and what’s for dinner!  What’s your favorite comfort food?  Do you like tator tots as much as I do??  

*This is a revived post that first appeared on my site a year ago. Would you like to see more recipe posts?  Let me know in the comments! read more


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This is the perfect dish to make if you’re a busy mom.  My husband doesn’t get home from work until after 7pm, so I feed my girls earlier in the evening and eat with him after he gets home.  It really is an easy recipe for such a special sausage and pasta dish.  I make the sauce before I take the kids up for a bath and let it simmer, covered and on low, in the meantime.  It can probably simmer for hours if you needed it to, but you would have to stir it occasionally.  It is really convenient, since it only takes about 10 minutes to get the sauce going, and my girls can handle being without my complete attention for that small amount of time!  Then, when my husband and I are finally ready to eat, I just boil the pasta and throw it into the sauce.  Who needs take out? read more


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