Forget Hamburger Helper Casseroles. Why put all those chemicals into your body when you can make a hamburger casserole that is almost as fast and twice as delicious. (and to say nothing about how much more healthy it is for you.
Let’s face it. Some nights are not made for long involved recipes. This fast and easy hamburger casserole is easy to make and just full of flavor. I replaced the chemicals with fresh herbs, freshly cooked pasta and real cheese. The result is a easy week night meal that my family just loves.
Basically, you make the casserole on the stove top and then pop it into the oven to bake for about 25 minutes. I make mine early in the day and then just pop it in before mealtime for stress free dinner time preparation.
Serve it with a side salad and garlic bread and you will have your kids taking the hamburger helper package out of the shopping cart on the next trip to the grocery store! Imagine that?
- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ large onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup diced mushrooms
- ½ tsp fresh rosemary
- ½ tsp fresh thyme
- ½ tsp fresh oregano
- ½ tsp fresh basil
- Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce ( any good bottled sauce will do)
- 8 oz. rigatoni pasta
- 2½ cups cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350ºf. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water.
- Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a skillet with the onion, garlic, and fresh seasonings until the beef is no longer pink and the vegetables are soft.
- Combine the beef mixture with the cooked pasta, spaghetti sauce and the cheese. Stir well to combine.
- Pour into a lightly greased 8×8-inch square baking dish.
- Bake at 350* for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Serve with a tossed salad and garlic bread. Enjoy!