Cheeseburger Casserole

This is, in my opinion, kind of the ultimate Sconnie Sustenance recipe because it is so unglamorous and unpretentious. It’s fast, easy, delicious, and moderately healthy. We’ve all eaten variations of it as kids. This is easily my favorite quick go-to beef recipe.

photo(1)Cheeseburger Casserole

(adapted from Bakerette)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked pasta (ideally rotini, but other shapes will work too)
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×9 casserole dish with cooking spray.

Boil the pasta over medium high heat until al dente; set aside.

In a large skillet, pour the canola oil and saute the onions and garlic until soft.  Stir in the ground beef and cook until brown all the way through. If there is fat remaining, drain it. Add the seasoned salt, ketchup, diced tomatoes, and mustard, mixing well. Simmer for a few minutes as it comes together. Add cooked pasta and combine.

Pour the whole thing into your prepared casserole dish and spread around evenly. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Remove and top with pickles, if you’re into that kind of thing, which I am not.

Notes

It’s basically a cheeseburger without the carbs, right? And extremely idiot-proof. And done under 30 minutes, easy. You’re welcome.

The original recipe calls for 1.5 cups of diced onions, which I find excessive. It also calls for “4-5 large Roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced”. Seriously? Just use a can of diced tomatoes! So much less work! To me that just makes sense, but I also use frozen diced onions rather than chopping my own fresh, so that’s where I’m coming from. Less work wins, particularly when you can’t really notice a difference between the finished product of the easy way and the hard way.

Is it REALLY healthy? I mean, it’s not a bowl of quinoa, but I don’t think there’s much to feel bad about here if you use lean ground beef and low-fat shredded cheese – you can also use whole wheat pasta if you really want, but let’s not go crazy.