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Potato Casserole {No Weird Junk!}

potato casserole

I started making this recipe as a freezer meal when I was pregnant with Rowan, had a lot of bear farmers sausage in my freezer and googled freezer meals with smoked sausage. I’ve since discovered I can tweak it to add frozen vegetables, different meats, different cheese and a LOT bigger batch. Cause this mama needs easy and variable to get dinner on the table every night.

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4.93 from 14 votes

Potato Casserole

This real food, no weird junk casserole is super customizable to help you fill the freezer with good meals, or just get dinner on the table every night!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American



  • 10 cups shredded cooked potatoes OR frozen precooked shredded hashbrowns use leftover baked potatoes or bake up some extra to make this fast
  • 4 cups chopped cooked meat chicken, ham, pork roast, beef roast, kielbasa, you name it!
  • 5 cups frozen chopped kale or other frozen chopped greens sub for 2-3 cups other frozen vegetables such as broccoli or green beans OR 7-8 cups fresh chopped kale. It shrinks down once its been frozen so you'll need more fresh
  • 2-3 cups shredded asiago, cheddar, mozzarella or pepper jack
  • 1/3 cup dried onion flakes OR 1 cup fresh chopped onion


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme, dill or oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

To bake

  • 6 cups milk


  • Mix potatoes, chicken, kale, cheese and dried onions in a big bowl.
  • In a small saucepan melt the butter and mix in the rest of the sauce ingredients
  • Drizzle butter mix over potato mix and toss to coat well
  • Divide between 2 -9×13 or 3- 8×8 greased pans
  • To freeze, cover with foil, write date and freeze instructions and pop into the freezer
  • To cook- use fresh or thaw, cover a 9×13 pan with 3 cups of milk or an 8×8 with 2 cups of milk.
  • Bake at 375F for 45-60 minutes, OR until browned and bubbly
  • For an extra crisp crust, broil for 3-5 minutes, but be sure to set a timer for only 2-3 minutes and check!

Want more freezer meal inspo?

Freezer Meal Fried Rice

Wild Game Pot Pie Freezer Meal

Sausage Rolls from Scratch (These freeze GREAT)

Tomato Bacon Pasta Sauce {Huge batch!}


  • Laura

    Made this as a side for our Easter dinner, without the meat and veggies. It was SO delicious! Plus, I stashed half in the freezer for another night. So stoked about that money in the bank! ?? Thanks Kate!!

    • Laura Recker

      Have made this several times since! Delicious every time. Sometimes we mix up the spices. The smoked paprika can be a little overpowering but I do love it with venison kielbasa!

  • whimsicalsquidlet

    delicious, practical, does not fail. I’ve made it 5 different ways for my large family and they were all successes!

  • Kim

    We love this recipe. I’ve made it differently every time we’ve had it, based in what was in the fridge that needed to be used up- but have loved it every single time. Definitely a family favorite!

  • Rachel C.

    I made this for the first time just before I gave birth and froze both for meals after I had my son and it was so damn good!!! I was pretty impressed with how easy it was to make and how good it tasted! So freaking good.

  • Laurie Rogers

    I made this a while back with leftover chicken and veggies and some mozzarella cheese, but I see this happening again in the near future with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, sweet potatoes, and maybe some stuffing mixed in with the shredded potatoes. Yummmmmy!

  • Wildfibrefarm

    This versatile recipe is not only great for large families but so perfect to make ahead and freeze for smaller families to have quick grab and heat meals that are still healthy during peak busy times when momma can’t cook every day. Such a lifesaver and even the little love it (including the kale ???)

  • Rebecca

    Made this for a friend after she had a baby
    Loved that it was big enough for our small families to get 3 meals out of! Delicious. I used up various chunks of leftover cheese I had in freezer. Great way to use up little bits of random foods ?

    • Dee Porter

      I’m sure you could cut the cheese out, but I think it would be more like a crumble and not as bound together like a casserole.

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