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Great recipe! Hubby, who is not a big macaroni hamburger casserole fan, said it was the best he's ever had and that's saying something since I think I've tried them all. This is definitely a keeper and on my regular rotation. Only thing I did differently was use a bit more then a lb of hamburger Xlean and so I used a 14 oz can of tomato sauce as well. Thanks for posting this!

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Cher Jewhurst September 11, 2009

I love that I could make this with food I had in my pantry/fridge. I literally googled: I have hamburger, canned tomatoes and onion; what can I make? I added three cans of mushrooms and omitted green peppers by preference. Very happy to find this recipe.

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Karissa548 March 24, 2015

Dh had a craving and your lovely recipe fit the bill. It was wonderful comfort food and he enjoyed it tremendously, even taking the leftovers for his lunch the next day. Served with flaky buttermilk biscuits for a great meal. Made exactly as written, used a red pepper instead of green, as I was out. Thanks for sharing your recipe Sue...it will be repeated around here. Made for What's on the Menu? Tag Game 2015.

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Baby Kato January 15, 2015

What an easy and great tasting meal. I didn't have a couple of ingredients, green pepper and tomato sauce, so added some tomato juice and reduced it. Added a couple bay leaves as didn't have any basil but hubby loved it and will be good in his lunch. Not sure what some were expecting but it's much better than Hamburger Helper and just a good comfort food for a fall/winter night dinner. Thanks

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Debishan October 14, 2014

Definitely a keeper. My wife and daughter loved it the first time and we are having it again tonight. Was looking for something close to what my mother made many years ago in Ohio, and saw this one which is very close.

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David Light June 07, 2014

Exactly what we were craving! Yummy. Hard to stop at just one helping. I'm sure the leftovers will freeze well for lunches. I didn't have dried basil or oregano so used a Italian seasoning mix. Easy meal with a tossed salad.

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HuronShore December 28, 2013

A great winter dish! Must double or perhaps even triple tomato sauce for a juicy casserole. Also add a dash or two of cayenne (red) pepper and paprika for added flavor. Use a heaping teaspoon of basil and oregano as well.

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bun1 January 01, 2013

I used bowtie pasta and added 15 ounces of tomato sauce instead of the 8 ounces. Other then that I followed the recipe. This was real tasty. We all enjoyed it.

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bmcnichol October 05, 2012

Made this today with an additional 14.5 oz can of stewed tomatoes as I felt it needed a flavor boost and did not have enough tomato as written. Added a dash of cayenne, a dash of piment d'esplet, (fancy chili powder) and used top-flight parmesan cheese - no green tube for me. Tasty, but not a dish I will repeat often, probably will reserve this for when we have our teenage nieces come for a visit. I prefer a bit more sophisticated sort of food for our palates. Does make a lot, and freezes well.

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Barkparkbarb July 10, 2012

Lovely and delicious! Can't go wrong here with filling food that keeps them coming back for more! I used a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce and also a little extra water. I used radiatore (little ruffles) pasta because I had it, and we thought it made the casserole more interesting than elbow mac. Next time I might layer some mozzarella cheese in the middle of the dish as well as on top. Thanks for a yummy dinner - and the kids did adore it!

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vrvrvr June 22, 2012
Beef, Macaroni and Tomato Casserole