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!
I like mine a little more tomatoey, if that's even a word LOL, so I use a 28 oz, can of diced tomatoes instead of a 14. Living alone, I also find that this makes a ton of Mac so I usually make a full batch of sauce and freeze half of it. Then when I find myself with no idea of what to eat, all I need do is pull out a zip loc bag of sauce, defrost it in a bowl of warm water and boil up some macaroni noodles and in very short time, mix and toss in the oven. It's also good to make the sauce the night before and then just cook the macaroni noodles and toss it in the oven the next day for dinner. It's a great recipe that lends itself to whatever variations you might want to make. I like to chop the onions and pepper on the medium side so that I can see them in the mix. Don't like garlic? Leave it out. Want to make it cheesier? Add some singles slices in the middle and put more macaroni on top, finished by your favorite cheese on top - as long as your fave is Mozzarella. :) Add some red pepper flakes for a bit of heat and I like to add a bay leaf when cooking the sauce for a touch of extra flavor. And if you really want to give it the best flavor of all, add a finely chopped anchovy filet or two into the sauce. They will disintegrate but leave a great addition to the flavor that no one will be able to figure out!
Delish and easy! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. The entire family loved it. The only adjustment I made was to drizzle some heavy cream over the beef/noodle mix before layering on the cheese. Gave it a little bit richer flavor/texture. So yummy!
This dish was amazing! I did half the can of tomatoes bcz my husband is sensitive to them, but other than that it was really really good! Thank you!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.