Mennonite Potato Pizza Casserole is a simple, filling, and delicious family friendly dinner. Can be doubled and adapted
Who told us that cooking for a family had to be difficult and time-consuming?
Mennonite Potato Pizza Casserole … well, it made me realize that Old Order Mennonites have no idea about pizza, but it also gave my family a delicious dinner meal that can be put together with very little effort.
At its most basic, Mennonite Potato Pizza Casserole contains just four ingredients – potatoes, ground beef, pizza sauce and cheese sauce.
If you are a food storage fanatic, with dehydrated sliced potatoes, home-canned ground beef, and homemade pizza sauce, this is EASY to make. The longest amount of time will be waiting for your potatoes to hydrate, and you can make your cheese sauce while that happens.
If you’re making it fresh, this will take a bit longer. Fair warning – you’re going to need to brown ground beef, slice fresh potatoes, make a thick cheese sauce and make or buy pizza sauce.
None of these are hard – but if you’re new to scratch cooking, you’ll want to plan that out carefully.
Food storage is a wonderful thing because it means I can make 18 meals worth of pizza sauce all at the same time and just open a jar when I need it. And my ground beef is always either cooked and frozen, or it’s canned – either way, it’s an easy job to pull enough out to make Mennonite Potato Pizza Casserole
Of course you’re probably wondering why it doesn’t have pepperoni. Or peppers or … well, any of a hundred things that we normally put on pizza.
That’s because Old Order Mennonites are not typically found ordering a delivery pizza, nor would they be found in the fast food aisle of the grocery store, so they’re not familiar with the standard varieties there, either.
They ARE very good at making pizza sauce, and they love potatoes.
You can certainly vary this recipe if Mennonite Potato Pizza Casserole doesn’t taste enough like pizza for you. I like to put a layer of sliced pepperoni over the ground beef. Any pizza topping that you like can go in this.
I also double or even triple this. A warning, though – if you increase the amount, or if you cook it in a deep casserole like I did, you will also need to increase the cooking time.
Soon I plan to try this in the slow cooker, and I’ll update with how it turned out.
Made fresh or from your food storage ingredients, Mennonite Potato Pizza Casserole can be put together quickly and easily adjusted to feed a large or small group.
30 minPrep Time
1 hrCook Time
1 hr, 30 Total Time
- 6 cups sliced potatoes, or 3 cups dried potato slices
- 1 pound ground beef, cooked
- 2 cups pizza sauce
- 2 cups cheese sauce
- Place potatoes in a large casserole dish. Cover with a layer of cooked ground meat, a layer of pizza sauce and then a layer of thick cheese sauce.
- Do not stir.
- Bake at 375F for an hour.
Mennonite Potato Pizza Casserole can be doubled or even tripled (as I did in that big white casserole dish). Just be sure to increase the cooking time accordingly if your dish is deep. OR cook it on low in the slow cooker until the potatoes are soft.
Also feel free to add pepperoni, peppers or any other pizza topping that your family likes. Old Order Mennonites have a really sketchy idea about what pizza should taste like.