Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins
The recipe is dedicated to all those single parents and career people that don't have a lot of time at the end of the day to prepare dinner and that don't mind using prepared ingredients for a quick meal. I made this up because my daughter was sick with a cold and a sore throat and wanted something soft and easy to eat. Granted the French fried onions did not fit in with that idea, but they did add a nice taste and crunch to this casserole and she managed them just fine despite her sore throat. Since I was caring for both her and my baby grandson, I didn't have a lot of time to spend on making dinner. The entire casserole (except for the spices) cost me about $20 and after feeding 3 adults, there is plenty left over for another meal or lunches at work the next day. If you don't like leftovers, halve the recipe. I much prefer using ingredients that do not come from a jar or a can, but sometimes, you just have to do what you have to do to put a meal on the table on a budget, and this was my attempt. It is pretty tasty if I may say so for myself.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced small
- 2 (16 ounce) packageslarge shell pasta (cooked according the the package instructions)
- 2 (15 ounce) jars alfredo sauce
- 1 (16 ounce) package Velveeta cheese, cubed
- 1 (6 ounce) can French-fried onions
- 2 cups frozen corn or 2 cups chopped broccoli
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Brown the ground beef with the onions and spices; drain and rinse off the fat (you don't need the fat for flavor because you are going to add cheese flavors).
- In the meantime, cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
- In a large casserole dish, mix together the ground beef and onion mixture, the vegetables, cooked pasta, jarred Alfredo sauce, and cheese cubes.
- Bake for 10 minutes; stir.
- Top casserole with the French fried onions.
- Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes or until hot and onions are browning.
We were all very excited to try this recipe, but found it was way too rich to enjoy. We're all cheese lovers, too - unfortunately, the alfredo sauce and Velveeta combined was too much and made the dish inedible for us.
I never thought anything could have too much cheese. I love cheese. But even my 6 year old son was concerned about the amount of cheese in this recipe. It was truly overwhelming and took away from the deliciousness of everything else. I would try this recipe again, but I would definitely cut the amount of cheese and/or Alfredo sauce I used in half.
My Family loved this dish! Dinner originally was supposed to be spaghetti but realized I had no tomato sauce. I substituted broccoli with green bean because that's what was in my fridge. I will definitely be cooking this again.