Easy One-Pot Cheesy Meat Bake

Finished cheesy meat bake with herbs

I love a simple and delicious one-pot meal. This easy one-pot cheesy meat bake is not only simple, but it’s also quick to make as well. And maybe the best thing about it? It only has 4 ingredients! Add to that, it’s a very inexpensive meal to feed your family, and you have a winner for sure! It’s already got meat and bread included. I usually just add a nice green salad on the side and BOOM, it’s dinner! Keep reading for my full instructions on how to make my easy one-pot cheesy meat bake.

Ingredients for Easy One-Pot Cheesy Meat Bake:

Ingredients for Cheesy meat including ground beef, cheese soup, crescent rolls and milk
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 can Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 1 cup milk

Kitchen Equipment Used for Easy One-Pot Cheesy Meat Bake

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Step 1:

Brown the ground beef on the stove until it’s fully cooked. I drain and rinse the beef once it’s cooked and then return it to my pot on the stove.

Step 2:

Add in the can of cheddar cheese soup and the cup of milk. (To save dishes and time, I just nearly fill-up the empty soup can with milk, and it works out to be just about the right measurement!)

Step 3:

Mix the soup and milk in well with the ground beef and let it simmer on the stove for a few minutes. It will thicken up slightly. Don’t worry if you think it’s not thick enough at this point. The crescent rolls will soak up a lot of excess liquid too.

Step 4:

Open the crescent rolls and roll them up as if you were going to bake them into a crescent shape. Place on top of the cheesy meat filling mixture and continue to place the rolls until you have the pan covered. I find 2 cans of rolls to be the perfect amount for my pan and the meat mixture. If you wanted less bread, feel free to just use one can and space them out more. (Also, if you want less bread, it’s possible we can’t be friends…)

Step 5:

Cheesy Meat Casserole baked and out of oven in a blue pan

Put the pan in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350*. Bake until the crescent rolls are cooked on the underside. I just use a fork to gently lift a roll up and make sure it’s done on the bottom side too.

Step 6:

Cheesy meat casserole served with salad on a blue plate

Once your easy one-pot cheesy meat bake comes out of the oven, give it just a few minutes to set up and cool because it will be SO hot. I usually serve this meal with a simple green salad to keep things easy!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can you use other types of meat besides ground beef?

Absolutely! I have tried this with ground turkey and ground chicken and both are delicious! It would also work with shredded chicken or beef tips as well. Truly, it’s meat with cheese sauce, so there is no way to make it that won’t be delicious!

Can you add vegetables into the beef mix?

For sure! Feel free to add in whatever you like! Mushrooms would be a great addition! So would peas and carrots! Get as creative as you like and add in a little nutrition with some veggies!

I don’t have any canned crescent rolls? What can I use as a substitute?

Not to worry! If you have any canned biscuit or pizza dough, that will work too! It’s not quite the same flavor, but it’s totally delicious too!

What if I don’t have a pot that can go from the stovetop to the oven?

No problem there! Cook the beef and cheese mixture on the stove in a large pan and then transfer it to an oven-safe baking dish and then add the crescent rolls and bake! No problem! One more dish to wash, but no big deal!

Finished cheesy meat bake with herbs

Wrap Up – Easy One-Pot Cheesy Meat Bake

I hope you try this recipe as soon as you get a chance. It’s one of my standing go-to recipes for dinner and I always have the ingredients on hand. Kids love this recipe too! It’s simple, plain, comforting and delicious. Print this recipe off and try it soon! You’ll thank me! Just keep shuffling!

Pot of cheesy meat bake in the oven pan on a wooden table

Easy One-Pot Cheesy Meat Bake

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This delicious one-pot cheesy meat bake is simple and delcious. It's perfect for a busy weeknight and is easy and stress-free to assemble.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:40 minutes


  • 2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls Each can has 8 rolls each
  • 2 pounds ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1 can Campbell's Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Brown the ground beef until completely cooked.
  • Drain the ground beef and rinse. Put back in the pot on the stove.
  • Add in can of Cheddar Cheese Soup.
  • Add one cup of milk.
  • Stir together and let simmer over medium heat until well combined and thickening slightly.
  • Open the crescent rolls and roll them up normally (as if baking into the shape of a crescent roll) and place them on top of the cheesy meat mixture.
  • Bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes until the crescent rolls are nicely browned. Make sure the crescent rolls are cooked on the underside too.


*** TIP *** Use a pot that can work on top of the stove and then be moved into the oven to finish cooking. Easy clean up!!
I use my braising/casserole dish for this and it can be found here:
Lodge 3.6 Quart Enamel Cast Iron Casserole Dish with Lid


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 714kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 976mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Dinner, Crescent Rolls, easy dinners, One-Pot Dinner
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 714kcal
Author: Sarah
Cost: $15

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