Shipwreck Casserole is a hearty and comforting one-pot meal that’s perfect for a cold winter night. It’s made with simple ingredients like ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, and cheese, and it can be easily customized to your liking.


The history of Shipwreck Casserole is a bit murky, but it’s thought to have originated in the United States in the early 1900s. It was likely created as a way to use up leftover ingredients, and it quickly became a popular dish because it was easy to make and could be fed to a large crowd.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat. Drain off any excess grease.
  3. Add the onion, carrots, and celery to the skillet and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, bread crumbs, cornflakes, and melted butter. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the casserole.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly.

Image of Shipwreck Casserole before baking


  • For a creamier casserole, use whole milk instead of water.
  • To make the casserole ahead of time, assemble it according to the instructions but do not bake it. Cover the dish and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to bake, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Serve the casserole with a side of your favorite vegetables or salad.


  • Add a can of diced tomatoes or green chilies to the casserole for a bit of spice.
  • Stir in a cup of cooked rice or pasta to the casserole for a heartier meal.
  • Top the casserole with a layer of mashed potatoes before baking.


Shipwreck Casserole is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for a winter night. It’s hearty, comforting, and can be easily customized to your liking. So next time you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, give Shipwreck Casserole a try!

Total Time: 1 hour

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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