Do you love a good casserole? Have you tried this Cheeseburger Casserole by Paula Deen? Oh my gosh, so good! I refrained from eating it before I photographed it, but if I had known how good it was, I would have never been able to wait! Apparently, many of you out there already know about it, it’s been “pinned” a bazillion times (that is too a real number!), according to the original recipe, found here on PaulaDeen.com. Bobby Deen also made a skinny version, here. I combined the two for my own version because there were things I liked about both recipes.
Paula’s recipe: hamburger, Worcestershire, oregano, diced tomatoes, sharp cheddar
Bobby’s recipe: 95% lean ground beef, Dijon mustard, garlic, low sodium diced tomatoes, low-fat cheddar
Di’s version: 97% lean beef, Worcestershire, garlic, 2% sharp cheddar, fresh tomatoes for topping
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 8 oz pasta, I used wide egg noodles
- ½ cup chopped onion
- ½ teaspoon jarred minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes
- 2 cups 2% sharp cheddar
- ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes, for topping, if desired
- sour cream, for serving, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick spray.
- In a large frying pan, cook ground beef until browned. Add in chopped onions and garlic, continue stirring until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, canned tomatoes with the juice included. Simmer about 15 minutes to allow some of the juice to be absorbed.
- While the meat is simmering, cook pasta, in a large pot, according to package directions. Make sure not to overcook, as the casserole will be cooked in the oven.
- Drain pasta. Add the meat mixture to the noodles. Pour into casserole dish. Top with cheese. Bake approximately 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Let casserole cool slightly, add fresh tomatoes and serve with sour cream on the side.
I’m not sure this reminded me of a cheeseburger, as Paula’s website states, however, it was really delicious. Definitely a keeper recipe. Maybe it would taste more like a burger cooked as Bobby suggests with mustard and topped with pickles. Or perhaps try my sister’s idea; top with crispy bacon strips before adding the cheese. Hello, bacon cheeseburger!
Hope you like this recipe. Drop me a comment anytime…I always respond:) Thank you for stopping by, Di
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