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Kids Cook Monday - Seven Layer Casserole

Updated on February 7, 2013

An Easy, One Pot Meal

Casseroles are back in style!  They are easy and economical to make, one pot cooking and cleaning.  This one was a favorite from my childhood.
Casseroles are back in style! They are easy and economical to make, one pot cooking and cleaning. This one was a favorite from my childhood. | Source

An Easy and Tasty Casserole

3.5 stars from 2 ratings of Seven Layer Casserole

Great for Kids

This dish was often brought to church bazaars and potlucks when we were growing up. The only thing to remember is that it's in layers, so dig deep! The bacon on top looks yummy so best to have an adult serve it. On the bottom is corn and rice, with hamburger, spices and tomato sauce.

We always made this dish in a 2 quart baking dish (oval shaped, though it doesn't need to be). The tight fitting glass lid was required for the first hour, then removed later to brown the bacon strips.

This is the kind of dish that takes a few minutes to prepare, put it in then oven, and nearly forget about it until the dish is finished baking.

Because it's a starchy meat dish, a nice crisp green salad on the side adds a lot in perking it up and making the meal go down in the most delightful way.

It's OK to use a little less meat - 3/4 lb. is plenty, depending what's on hand and who is eating with you. I made the nutritional information for 1 lb., however, so reduce the calories by about 250 if you end up using a quarter pound less hamburger.

Have fun and bon appetit!

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 50 min
Yields: Serves four to six people (maybe more if children)

Ingredients for the One Pot Casserole

  • 1 cup rice, uncooked
  • 1 can 1-lb. whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cans 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions, OPTIONAL
  • 1/2 cup fnely chopped green bell pepper, OPTIONAL

Basic Ingredients - Delicous Combination

The first layer is the rice.
The first layer is the rice. | Source
Using a leaner cut of ground beef is recommended, because any fat cooked off the meat has nowhere to go in a casserole dish but on you!
Using a leaner cut of ground beef is recommended, because any fat cooked off the meat has nowhere to go in a casserole dish but on you! | Source

Instructions

  1. Start heating the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).
  2. Begin layering ingredients in a two quart, tight fitting casserole dish or any other baking dish with a tight fitting lid:
  3. 1 cup uncooked rice, evenly laid - this is your foundation layer, 1 can whole kernel corn, drained, and a sprinkling of salt and ground pepper.
  4. Douse this with one 8-oz can tomato sauce and 1/2 can water.
  5. Next step may be omitted: but if you like, add 1/2 cup finely chopped onion and 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper. Some small children take offense at these ingredients - feel free to add them to adult servings.
  6. Now, the hamburger. Crumble and evenly place the hamburger meat in the casserole dish. Now add salt and pepper, followed by 4 strips of bacon, cut in half. When it is cooked it will be easier to serve.
  7. Place the lid on the casserole and begin baking. The dish requires 1-1/2 hours baking time, one hour covered and 1/2 hour uncovered. Set the timer for one hour so you won't forget to remove the lid.
  8. After an hour remove the lid and set the timer once again for 20 or 30 minutes. You may need less time than 1/2 hour. The bacon should be crisp. There should be a lovely aroma in the house by now. Let cool for a few minutes in order to solidify, then serve, dipping down deep to catch all seven layers.

Calories and other things

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: One Plate
Calories 350
Calories from Fat162
% Daily Value *
Fat 18 g28%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Carbohydrates 21 g7%
Sugar 7 g
Protein 20 g40%
Cholesterol 71 mg24%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Recommended for Potlucks and Families

With the strips of bacon temptingly placed on top, meat eaters of all ages will have mouthwatering looks at this great casserole dish. It's not a bad idea to have someone serve them by digging deep to get ALL the seven layers, lol.


It can be served hot or slightly cooled down for a very tasty and convenient meal. Great for working parents, it can be prepared well in advance and prepared just in time for a dinner.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Thanks, insightful one ;) I find that kids are open to cooking if they see their parents enjoying the experience. Have fun!

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      Insightful Tiger 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious! I think I will try it with my kids. My Stepdaughter, especially, loves to help me in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

      I am sure this is one dish even picky eaters will love. Moms are going to be delighted. Nutritious and filling too! Voted up! Congrats too!

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      It is easy, Kalmiya, and it definitely great in the cooler months. I also make it in the summer, because it keeps well in the refrigerator. Sometimes kids get so hungry from playing, swimming and romping around that they need a substantial meal, and this is it - filling them up with the corn and rice as well as the beef. Another short cut that I forgot to add is substituting Mexican style salsa for one of the tomato sauces, giving you an automatic three in one of onions, green peppers and tomato sauce. Best to you.... Anastasia

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      Kalmiya 5 years ago from North America

      This sounds delicious for a cold Canadian evening! Thanks for the recipe which looks really easy to make; always looking for food that takes little prep.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Great, curtisd! There are a lot of good male chefs out there, glad to meet you. I think they will have fun making it. Putting it together is like solving a puzzle, with a little dad's supervision of course. Thanks for reading, commenting, and enjoying! ECAL

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      curtisd 6 years ago

      As a father of three girls with mom not being into the cooking i am always looking for good recipe's to have the kids help with and enjoy learning to cook and liking what they've made thanks for the page!

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      Anastasia Kingsley 6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Hi Susan, Yes, it's a recipe definitely worth trying. Ideal for autumn when your body needs a little more substantial eating. The bacon is my favorite part, so maybe a little Candian bacon would really be great as a substitute. Best to you, Anastasia

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congratulations! This sounds like a very tasty casserole.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Thanks, GoodLady! I am so happy - both of us are in the ranks of Cookbook winners :) YAY for all the cool recipes that keep being submitted!

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      Penelope Hart 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Well done!!! Congratulations on winning today. It's a delicious Hub.

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