Let’s face it, there isn’t a better buffet than one found at a church gathering. And this often requested, always faithful Favorite-Church-Potluck Casserole is one classy dish that will stand out in every crowd. The dependable strength of the hearty ground beef and the honest-to-creamy-goodness of the sauce covering the devoted vegetables will have you singing to the choir. Don’t ever doubt this dutiful and delicious Favorite-Church-Potluck Casserole. It is hardcore committed to being the best dish at the table! We’ll save a seat for ya (as if there isn’t already an unspoken seat-saving rule), so get ready to dig in!

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups celery, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup carrots, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 (10.75-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 (5-ounce) can chow mein noodles, divided
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease an 8-inch square baking dish.

Step 3 –In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, while crumbling it, until it is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 4 –Drain the excess grease and transfer the beef to a large bowl.

Step 5 –In the same skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter.

Step 6 –Add the potatoes, the celery, the carrots, the green pepper, and the onion to the butter and sauté until they are tender, about 5 minutes.

Step 7 –Add the water to the veggie mixture, cover, and simmer until the veggies are very tender, about 10 minutes.

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Step 8 –Stir the cream of mushroom soup and the cooked ground beef into the veggie mixture.

Step 9 –Sprinkle 1/2 of the chow mein noodles on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Step 10 –Evenly spoon the ground beef mixture over the chow mein noodles.

Step 11 –Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Step 12 –Carefully top the casserole with the cheese and the remaining chow mein noodles.

Step 13 –Bake the casserole, uncovered, until it is heated through, about 10 minutes.

Step 14 –Serve.