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Meat, soup/sauce/pasta and cheese (I count both cheeses as one ingredient!)

It’s another Make It Monday.  Today’s recipe is Hamburger Casserole!

Four ingredients, a crowd pleaser for sure!

As usual, I made some adjustments to the original recipe I found.  I don’t like tomato soup… so I replaced with just tomato sauce.  Don’t ask. In my brain it’s different. I’m a strange one.

Hamburger Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1- 1 1/2 pounds of Ground Beef (or turkey) I used about 1.25 pounds… I almost feel like it’d be better with a bit more meat.
  • 1 pound of pasta (I used shell pasta)
  • 2- 15 oz. cans of tomato sauce (or you can use cans of tomato soup)
  • Cheese– you can use one type or mix- I used cheddar and mozzarella

How To:

  • Pre-heat oven to 375
  • Bring water to boil for pasta
  • Cook pasta according to package
  • While the pasta is cooking, brown your meat
  • Add seasonings to meat – whatever you prefer.  I used my typical- garlic, onion, paprika and cayenne pepper
  • Once the meat is cooked, mix in tomato sauce/soup.  I also mixed in some of the cheese here
  • Drain the noodles
  • I mixed the sauce altogether with the noodles, then spread into a 9 X 13 dish – I did add about half a cup of water here, just to make sure it didn’t dry out too much during baking.
  • Add cheese to the top
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 for 20 minutes
  • Remove foil and cook an additional 10 minutes
  • You can broil for a few minutes at the end if you want to brown/crisp up the cheese on top

Serve it up!

I served this by itself… but you could always serve with a salad or veggies.

I feel it had a similar taste to lasagna… even though I didn’t use any Italian seasoning.  Either way, it was delicious and filling.  Pretty sure it’ll please even picky eaters like me!

Check out last week’s Make It Monday recipe too: Stromboli.