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Italian Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

italian loaded mashed potato casserole Side Italian
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 12

This delightfully cheesy and richly flavored casserole might be the ultimate party dish. It’s got all the comfort of a classic mashed potato casserole but with molto pizzazz. Favorite Italian ingredients, like Parmesan, garlic and rosemary punch up the flavor and the look. This casserole gets dressed up for the party with a buttery topping of toasted bread crumbs, chopped tomatoes and fresh basil. The pops of red and green make it perfect for a holiday table! Whether you’re traveling to the party or hosting, this dish will stay warm and bubbly for a long time after it comes out of the oven. MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 31, 2019

Ingredients

Casserole

2
pouches (4.7 oz each) Betty Crocker™ roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Water, milk and butter called for on potatoes pouches
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (4 oz)
1
tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2
teaspoon dried rosemary leaves

Toppings

1
tablespoon butter
1
cup Progresso™ Italian crispy panko bread crumbs
1/2
cup diced fresh tomatoes
1/4
cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Make both potatoes pouches as directed.
  • 2
    Stir cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the Italian seasoning and rosemary into potatoes. Spoon mixture into baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until heated through (at least 165°F in center of casserole).
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in 8-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until toasted. Remove from heat. Top casserole with tomatoes, toasted bread crumbs and basil.

Expert Tips

  • This dish skips the scrubbing, peeling and mashing of potatoes while still delivering the same, delicious results. However, if you prefer to cook with whole potatoes, we’ve got plenty more mashed potato recipes for you to explore.
  • This is a great dish to bring to a party because it travels well in its 13x9-inch dish, and you can bake it ahead and still keep it warm for a very long time using an insulated bag. So there’s no need to use the oven upon arrival. We do recommend adding the tomatoes, toasted breadcrumbs and fresh basil at the last minute for the freshest look and flavor.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 1/2 Cup
Calories
300
Calories from Fat
170
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
29%
Saturated Fat
10g
50%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
45mg
15%
Sodium
800mg
33%
Potassium
350mg
10%
Total Carbohydrate
26g
9%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
3g
Protein
7g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1/2 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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