Bam’s Tuesday Casserole

This is an inexpensive and easy to make casserole perfect for weeknights. I called it Bam’s Tuesday Casserole because that’s the night of the week, when the kids were still at home, I always seemed to have the least time for cooking. I usually serve it over soft biscuits or dinner rolls with a salad but while my husband is recovering from cancer I make mashed potato bowls. They’re easier for him to swallow.


I did not include pictures of some of the steps as this is a really easy dish to create.

Bam’s Tuesday Casserole


  • 2 lbs. hamburger
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • Mashed potato bowls (optional)
    • About 3 cups mashed potatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (If making mashed potato bowls)
  2. Brown hamburger in a large pan.
  3. Drain hamburger and set aside.
  4. Add onions, carrots, and celery, and cook until onions are translucent.
  5. Add garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes being careful not to burn garlic.
  6. Return hamburger to pan and add tomato juice.
  7. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. Add peas, stirring in gently, and simmer for another 5 minutes

Mashed Potato Bowls:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Lightly grease a muffin tin or spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Spoon mashed potatoes to fill muffin cups nearly full.
  4. Make a well in the center of each mound of mashed potatoes, being careful not to have potatoes overflow cups and that there is a layer of potato on the bottom of the cup.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes if starting with cold mashed potatoes until potatoes heat through. If using hot mashed potatoes to make the cups go to step 6.
  6. Finish potato bowls under broiler to get a golden brown crust around the edges

Author: Elizabeth

I'm a wife, mom, and grandma (known as Bam) who loves cooking, baking, gardening, and all things that go into making a cozy coop for my brood. I have a disability so you may pick up tips on how to do things when some things just don't work right!

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