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Need a quick, simple meal to feed your hungry family? This Hamburger Casserole is perfect for #SimpleSuppers.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, my hubby is rather picky about the food that is on his plate. Vegetables are forbidden, save potatoes and green beans (canned from a garden is preferred). Let’s not even talk about carrots.
Finding a favorite meal is easy if I make a meat and potatoes dish. Unfortunately, hamburger is costing the same as a small diamond around our area. Therefore, we aren’t wanting to use a lot of red meat in our cooking to save a few dollars. I think you are starting to see my dilemma. Meatless meals are not encouraged and we need to take out a loan to eat a roast. (Disclaimer: that was an exaggeration. But you get the point.)
The other day, I was feeling creative and wanting something cheesy. Who doesn’t enjoy a casserole with a layer of cheese on top? I wanted to use a few ingredients as possible and use ingredients that would please the family. This hamburger casserole was born.
It has a simple, easy ingredients that come together in a snap. The meal only cost us around $8. Now, that may seem like a lot. However, our son and my hubby took it in their lunch for the next couple of days. So a few meals were made from an $8 9×13 pan. Not too bad for a meal with meat in it. You can pair this hamburger casserole with some homemade sweet bread or strawberry soup. Blueberry applesauce would be easy to make as well. It was a complete meal.
As far as 9×13 pans go, I have favorite bakeware. Rachael Ray Bakeware is reasonably priced, durable and nonstick.
What did the meatatarian husband say? Not only did he like it, he stated that fact a few times during the meal. And told me to make it again. 🙂
- 1 lb box medium shells
- 1 lb ground hamburger, cooked with garlic, onion, salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cans tomato soup
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.
- After browning hamburger, add 2 cans tomato soup to the frying pan (with the hamburger).
- Add ½ can water.
- Stir and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
- Pour noodles in a greased 9x13 baking dish.
- Pour hamburger mixture over noodles and stir.
- Sprinkle cheese over casserole and cover with foil.
- Bake in a 375* oven for 20 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake for 10 minutes longer.
- Can bake under broiler for 3-5 minutes to brown cheese, if desired.