Broccoli, Beef, and Potato Hotdish

Combine beef, broccoli, and potatoes with cheese sauce for a hotdish casserole that is a perfect weekend meal when the weather turns cold.

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When the weather turns cold I enjoy making delicious casseroles, such as this Broccoli, Beef, and Potato. I don’t remember where the original recipe came from, but it’s a great one for a hearty and warm dinner. The hotdish can also be brought to potlucks. It has a little of everything in it!

I’ve also heard of similar casseroles called a “man meal” or “poor man’s steak and potatoes.” I don’t know why it’s a “man meal”. I like it and I’m not a man! But, poor man’s steak and potatoes makes me laugh because I can see how that applies!

For this meal, you are layering each of the key ingredients and covering with a delicious cheddar cheese sauce. Since I don’t like to buy pre-packaged foods, the first time we made this I tried to shred my own potatoes. It didn’t work very well because I wasn’t able to get all of the moisture out and the casserole was mushy. 

The only downside to this meal is the number of dirty dishes it creates. But, since we always have leftovers for at least one more meal, sometimes two, it ends up being worth it in the end. 

Preparing everything takes about an hour, then it has to bake for about 40 minutes. So, this is a meal I suggest for the weekend when you have a little more time in the kitchen. I like to make it on Sunday evening so we have leftovers for the busy weekdays. 

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 450F. Cut the broccoli into one-inch pieces and spread out on a baking sheet. Pour a bit of oil on the broccoli. Stir it around until it’s coated. Roast the broccoli for about 15 minutes. Turn once halfway through, until it’s just soft and browned in spots.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, warm one tbsp of oil. Add the beef and onion. Cook until the beef is browned and the onion is soft, stirring frequently. This takes about 10-12 minutes.

Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp of the salt. 

Remove the beef from the heat and layer the beef mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish

Layer the broccoli on top of the meat mixture in the baking dish.

In a large saucepan, over medium-high heat, whisk the milk and cornstarch together. Bring it to a boil, whisking often to prevent scalding, until it is bubbling and starts to thicken. 

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the frozen potatoes, egg, pepper, and 1/4 tsp of salt. 

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cheese, 3/4 tsp of salt, and turmeric. Stir until the cheese has completely melted and mixed into the milk. 

Pour the cheese sauce evenly over the meat and broccoli in the baking dish. 

Sprinkle the potatoes over the cheese sauce. Spray the entire top with cooking spray. 

Bake the casserole (at 450F) until it is bubbling and the potatoes begin to brown, about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it stand for at least 10 minutes to cool. Sprinkle with paprika before serving warm.


Originally Published On: November 26, 2017

Last Updated On: November 6, 2019


Broccoli, Beef, and Potato Hotdish

Combine beef, broccoli, and potatoes with cheese sauce for a hotdish casserole that is a perfect weekend meal when the weather turns cold.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, broccoli, casserole, cheese, ground beef, potatoes
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 15 cups
Calories 379kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch


  • 1 1/2 lbs broccoli cut into 1-inch florets
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 4 cups shredded potatoes frozen
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450F
  • Toss broccoli with 1 tbsp oil in a large bowl
  • Spread out on baking sheet and roast, stirring once halfway through, until just soft and browned in spots, about 15 minutes
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  • Add beef and onion and cook until beef is browned and onion is soft, about 10-12 minutes
  • Stir in worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp salt
  • Remove from heat and layer in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish
  • When broccoli is done roasting, layer on top of the beef in the baking dish
  • Whisk milk and cornstarch in a large saucepan
  • Bring to boil over medium-high heat, whisking often, until bubbling and thickened, about 6-8 minutes
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese, 3/4 tsp salt, and turmeric until cheese is melted
  • Pour the cheese sauce evenly over the top of the meat and broccoli
  • Combine potatoes, egg, pepper, and 1/4 tsp salt in a medium bowl
  • Sprinkle evenly over the casserole
  • Coat the top with cooking spray
  • Bake the casserole until it is bubbling and the potatoes are beginning to brown, about 40 minutes
  • Let stand at least 10 minutes before serving to cool
  • Sprinkle with paprika


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 530mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 2mg

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38 thoughts on “Broccoli, Beef, and Potato Hotdish”

  1. Ah! Broccoli! I love broccoli so much! Little mini trees of happiness! This recipe looks delish and I cannot wait to give it a go!

    1. My boys eat it! They aren’t always big fans of broccoli, but sometimes they don’t notice they are getting a bite of it. If I remind them it looks like they are eating trees that helps… sometimes!

  2. Long live the humble hotdish! I don’t do broccoli, BUT my hubby and girls love it – and Hubby would eat beef daily if he could – so I will share this recipe with them for the next time I’m away at dinner time!

  3. You had me at broccoli and cheese. I would probably add some chicken to this dish after trying it the original way but this looks absolutely delish!

  4. Ok this looks delicious on a cold winter day. I love cheese sauce and potatoes hash so I could def eat this meal everyday 🙂

    1. My boys will sometimes eat the broccoli in this. If they don’t see it. They pull it aside but then I remind them it’s like eating little trees and can sometimes get a few more pieces in them!

  5. I need to show this to the hubs! He is “bulking up” so he should probably eat this ENTIRE recipe, right? LOL! It sounds amazing so it definitely wouldn’t be a struggle!!

    1. I understand, we are trying to lower our meat consumption here, too. If it’s only beef you are avoiding, someone else suggested chicken and, though I haven’t tried it, I think it would go really well in this recipe, too.

  6. OH, this is so cool, I liked the recipe. The problem is, I don’t get enough time to cook on an item. I basically, bookmark your site and later, when I get time, I will try to make this happen. Thanks for worth sharing…!

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