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Poor Man's Hamburger Casserole

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Updated February 22, 2017
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Poor Mans Hamburger Casserole
Poor Mans Hamburger Casserole
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Poor Man's Hamburger Casserole is the perfect dish to whip up when you're on a budget. This easy hamburger casserole does not require much preparation, which makes it a great option for a weeknight dinner. The combination of warm pasta with cooked ground beef and gooey, pizza-like Cheddar cheese tastes so comforting that it feels like it came straight from your mother's kitchen. It's a good thing this recipe serves a lot of people, because it's so delicious that you'll most definitely be helping yourself to seconds and thirds.

Serves8

Preparation Time30 min

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking Vessel Size6-quart baking dish

Ingredients

  • 1 pouch elbow pasta
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian spice mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a large 6-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

  2. Bring a large pot with 6 quarts water and a pinch of salt to a boil and cook pasta per package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

  3. While the pasta cooks, place a large skillet over medium-high heat and, one pound at a time, crumble and brown the ground beef for 4 to 5 minutes until nicely browned. It does not need to be totally cooked at this point. Drain the meat and set aside, reserving 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet.

  4. Add the bell pepper and onion to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook and stir another minute. Return the meat to the pan and stir in Worcestershire sauce, Italian spices, salt, and pepper, tossing for 1 minute.

  5. Add the tomatoes and tomato sauce and stir. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

  6. In a large bowl, place the drained pasta, the tomato and meat mixture, and one cup of the cheese and toss well to mix. Spoon into the prepared casserole dish and smooth the top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes.

Note

This recipe requires a large baking dish. It will not all fit into a standard 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

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One pouch of elbow pasta???????????

This makes amazing leftovers!

I'm always looking for recipes that won't cost me an arm and a leg, and this one is definitely a keeper! Great flavor for not a lot of money.

This casserole is "right up my alley"! Ground beef, noodles and cheese... how can you go wrong? The fact it's budget friendly is a bonus! I'd like to try it with ground turkey to make it a bit healthier.

I liked it. didn't expect a lot based on the title, plus it's also hamburger. Not expecting gourmet. But at about 330/4pm, it certainly hit the spot! ) I liked the mix of noodles and meat. But again, a filler meal and something that's easy for re-heating, and minimal eating utensils.

The flavors in this casserole weren't stunning, but this is the sort of meal I'd make on a busy weeknight if I was pressed for time and money. I can also imagine kids would love this.

I don't think you can expect a gourmet meal from a recipe called Poor Man's anything. But, for a budget meal, this hit the spot!

I was not a huge fan of this casserole. Perhaps a few more spices or a blend of different cheeses would give it that extra oomph.

I'm torn on how I feel about this recipe. On one hand, I thought it was satisfying. On the other, I didn't really enjoy the chunks of beef. They just didn't seem to belong. Also, the pasta was a bit too soggy. If I made it again, I'd probably undercook the pasta before putting it into the casserole dish.

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