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Amish Dairy Casserole (Made in the Crockpot or baked)

This Amish Dairy Casserole is a popular dish among the Amish and Mennonite ladies, and for good reason because it is so quick and easy! This recipe was inspired by one of my Mennonite cookbooks and is one of my husband’s childhood favorites, plus the kids love it too! The Amish that I grew up in did not use crockpots because they did not have electricity. This summer I have been using the crockpot a lot (it definitely helps our electricity bill) and decided to create a crockpot version of this delicious Amish/Mennonite Casserole. This recipe includes both the crockpot and baked methods in the instructions below.

Prep time: 15 min.

Cook time: 3-3.5 hours (crockpot) 30 min. (Baked)

Yield: 6 servings

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 2/3 cup diced fresh mushrooms, or 1 4 oz. can Mushroom pieces, drained.
  • 1 15 oz. canned corn kernels, drained, or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn.
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 10.5 oz. cream of mushroom
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (softened for baked version)
  • 1 1/2 cups dry pasta (macaroni, bow tie etc.)
  • Shredded Mozzarella for topping.

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Crockpot version for Amish Dairy casserole.

  1. Brown the ground beef *See notes below, add the diced onion and mushrooms (skip cooking the mushrooms if using canned mushrooms) at the last few minutes of browning. Cook until the diced onions and mushrooms are soft then remove from heat, drain the grease if needed, and dump the mixture into a 2.5-4 quart crockpot.
  2. Add the cream of mushroom soup, salt, black pepper, and drained, (or frozen) corn. Mix all together until well combined then cube the cream cheese and place over top of the beef and corn mixture.
  3. Cook on low for two hours, then stir in the soft cream cheese. Return the lid and cook for another hour.
  4. At the last half hour of cooking, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta reserving 3-4 tablespoons of pasta water then add the pasta and water to the Beef and corn mixture in the crockpot. Stir gently to combine, then top with shredded cheese and cover. Keep on warm for 15-20 minutes until the cheese has melted, then serve and enjoy! More photos and notes below.šŸ‘‡

Baked version for Amish dairy casserole.

Preheat oven to 350.

  1. Brown the ground beef *See notes below, add the diced onion and mushrooms (skip cooking mushrooms if using canned mushrooms) at the last few minutes of browning. Cook until the diced onions and mushrooms are soft then remove from heat and drain the grease if needed.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. In a medium sized bowl mix the cream of mushroom and softened cream cheese (some lumps may remain but should bake into the casserole). Add the canned corn, salt, pepper, beef mixture and cooked pasta with 1/4 cup reserved pasta water (1/4 cup milk can also be used instead of pasta water) mix well and transfer to a 9 by 13 inch greased baking dish and then top with shredded cheese.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese has melted.

Try serving with Applesauce, Cheddar and Bacon Green beans and homemade Amish Honey Bread.

To brown the beef I add a few tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet and season the beef with a little salt and black pepper. I prefer to cook it covered, over medium heat, and to turn it frequently. Once the beef is no longer pink it is fully cooked.

Lean beef is best for this recipe as the fattier the beef is the more it will leave behind grease. However, if you are on a budget like this Momma you are probably using whatever is the cheapest at the grocery store right now. Simply drain the grease if needed and the casserole will taste the same!

I prefer to use a dry measuring cup for macaroni. The glass Pyrex liquid measuring cup was only used for photo purposes.

I suggest using a crockpot liner for this recipe as the cheese mixture tends to cook onto the crockpot a little harder than some of the other sauces.

My preference for the corn is to use home grown and frozen cut corn for this Amish dairy casserole but, for the sake of convenience, the canned corn works as well.
You can omit the cheese or use any other variety of your favorite shredded cheese such as cheddar, taco, or pepper jack on this casserole. You can also add diced fresh parsley on top of the melted cheese if you wish.
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