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Well now, I sure didn't know what to expect with this combination. I had ground beef on the shelf that was canned up already and just canned up some awesome tomato sauce the other day so making this was a snap. I did have to sub a can of tomatoes with onions/pepper/celery as I didn't have any celery. I added garlic to the ground beef and extra onion as I was heating it. I used cream of chicken soup instead of mushroom (all I had) mixed in with the cooked angel hair, layered the ground beef mixture on top of that, crossed my fingers, covered with foil and baked for 20 mins in the oven. I uncovered, added shredded cheese and baked for another 20 mins without covering again. What I didn't expect was my BF going back for a big helping of seconds and saying that we could have that again anytime. We really liked this recipe and I am so looking forward to lunch tomorrow! Thanks JQ for a great easy recipe... you made me look good!
Thank you Jellyqueen and Mrs. Geraldine! This is a great homestyle comfort-food casserole, simple and delicious, and even better the next day. To those who have given this recipe a low rating because "they were expecting something more, given all the 5 star reviews", it's a hamburger casserole, folks. Look at the ingredients - once you mix these items together, it's pretty obvious that the end result is not going to be a dish you might see coming out of Daniel Boulud's kitchen ;) The people who have given this 5 stars have done so because it is an excellent version of what it is: hambuger casserole; not because it is an excellent version of Seared Rib Eye with Spinach Subric & Sauteed Porcinis. Sheesh! Thank you for posting this, Jellyqueen, sometimes the best recipes come from community cookbooks!
My family really liked this. I don't like whole tomatoes so I put in 15 oz. of tomato juice instead. I didn't let the meat simmer for as long...an hour seemed a little overkill when I had unexpected guests and hungry kids waiting. Still was fine with just simmering while I waited for the pasta to cook. I also didn't add the sugar or pickle juice. Was afraid it would be bitter then but it was fine.
We loved this casserole. I left out the brown sugar because we don't like things too sweet. I also used a 28 oz can of tomatoes. Thanks.
My family has made a similar recipe for some time, but no one writes anything down in my family, so it seems the recipe has changed over the years. This taste like I remember. I used ground beef this time, but this is also great with sausage. Thanks for restoring a childhood favorite to its former glory.
After all the rave reviews, I expected this dish to be over the top good. While we certainly found it to be a filling hearty meal, it was nothing to write home about. So unfortunately, for the amount of time it takes to make, we won't be making this again. There are too many other faster and more interesting recipes out there. Sorry!
My husband said that this is his new favorite meal! I followed the recipe with the exception of the mushrooms and bell peppers for the kids.
Absolutely fantastic. It was very greasy, but I think I added too much cheese. Next time I will carefully get every little bit of grease off the meat, and use less (or reduced fat) cheese. This tasted incredible.
This was really tasty. I did have to add about a 1/2 tsp of salt. But YUM! Different, but good. Thanks for a new addition to my rotation.
I love this recipe. What a difference the soup makes... different flavor from your usual casserole. I didn't have celery and I hate mushrooms so I threw in a can of chopped, green chiles. I also did a quick sprinkle of red pepper flakes. I didn't simmer for as long as stated but it still turned out wonderful. My 3-year-old loved it as well. Great leftovers, for potlucks, OAMC, etc. Thanks... this goes in the "favorites."