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Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole | Freezer Meals for Large Families

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Fill your family with this cheesy, meaty dish that you can easily prepare. The Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole taste good and can get be stored in the freezer, allowing you to prepare it in advance if you want to.

Do you need a tasty yet simple recipe that you can make for your big family? When you have a big household, you know that coming up with meals to serve everyone is not always easy. However, this Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole is simple, full of flavor, and great for even the pickiest eaters to enjoy.

You can put it together within minutes, bake it in the oven, serve it hot, or even freeze it and save it for later. The simple meal will likely become a family-favorite dish that you start making at least once a week because your husband and children will enjoy it that much!

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Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole | Freezer Meals for Large Families

The Ingredients You Will Need to Make the Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole

You should have these important ingredients before attempting to prepare the Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole:

  • Ground Beef. Make sure to get two pounds of ground beef to have more than enough to go around.
  • Onion. Dice your onion into small pieces before adding it to your ground beef.
  • Dry Mustard Powder. The dry mustard powder adds a perfect touch to the flavor of this casserole.
  • Beef Bouillon Granules. Make the meat taste even beefier by adding beef bouillon granules into the mix.
  • Cream Cheese. Use your favorite brand of cream cheese to give this dish its cheesy taste.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Add sharp cheddar cheese to go with both the cream cheese and the ground beef.
  • White Rice. You will also need white rice as the starch to add to this casserole. You can also substitute it with brown rice.

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Additional ingredients to use when making the casserole include flour, paprika, garlic, black pepper, and milk. Add this amazing meal to your weekly menu plan! Here are 100+ Simple and Easy Large Family Oven Dinners.

Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole | Freezer Meals for Large Families

How to Freeze the Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole

You can make the Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole ahead of time and freeze it. If you plan to make it a few days or weeks in advance, simply cover it tightly with both plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing it in the freezer. You can store the delicious casserole in the refrigerator for up to three days, but if you need to store it any longer, it is a good idea to put the meal in the freezer. You can keep the casserole in the freezer for about six months. You should place it in the fridge to thaw out overnight before you end up putting it in the oven to reheat it and serve it to the family.

What to Make with Your Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole

While this is a complete meal in itself, you might also want to add a side like Sheet pan Broccoli, Corn on the Cob, or Steamed Carrots. We also have lots of yummy desserts you might like to try: Banana Cranberry Coffee Cake, Turtle Pumpkin Cheesecake, Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, and tons of make-ahead cookies!

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Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole

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Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole | Freezer Meals for Large Families

  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 9×13 Casserole Dishes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven

Description

Fill your family with this cheesy, meaty dish that you can easily prepare. The Big Family Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole taste good and can get put in the freezer, allowing you to prepare it in advance if you want to.

 


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons beef bullion granules
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3 cups raw white rice cooked according to package directions (about 6 cups cooked)

 


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9×13 casserole dishes with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a large (12 inch) skillet over medium-low heat, brown the ground beef with the onions, crumbling the beef as it cooks. Drain the beef well.

  3. As the beef drains, add the butter to the skillet and melt. Stir in the flour and seasonings, cooking for about 2 minutes.

  4. Gradually add in the milk, whisking until thick and bubbly. 

  5. Remove the skillet from heat. Stir in the cream cheese and half of the cheddar cheese until melted.

  6. In a 30 quart bowl, combine the rice, beef, and cheese sauce.  Divide the mixture between the prepared casserole dishes. Top with the remaining cheese.

  7. Bake the casseroles for 45 to 50 minutes or until the edges are bubbling. 

 

To make ahead:

  1. Prepare casseroles as directed.

  2. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

  3. Allow to thawe in the refrigerator overnight prior to baking.

  4. Uncover and proceed according to directions.

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This easy casserole will please the whole family! You will be extra thankful if you make this ahead and have it ready to go in the freezer. What a time saver that is! It also has a great flavor so even your pickiest eater will enjoy this one! Be sure to add it to your weekly meal plan menu!

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