Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

Also affectionately known around our house as "ugly casserole". I don't remember where I oringinally found this recipe but I've been making it for over 15 years. Everyone in the family loves this stuff. I hope your family will enjoy it, too.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 (6 1/4 ounce) boxes Rice-A-Roni
  • 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 (6 ounce) can Durkee onions


  1. Brown beef in a skillet; drain off grease.
  2. Place drained beef in a large bowl. Add seasoning packets from rice mix, soup, and water. Whisk until thoroughly blended. Mix in rice and noodles from boxes.
  3. Place in a greased 9 x 13" glass casserole dish.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  5. Remove from oven and stir thoroughly, making sure to scrape the bottom of the casserole, so the rice isn't sticking.
  6. Return it to the oven and bake 10 minutes more, sprinkling the onions over the top for the last 3 minutes.


Most Helpful

This was a little dry. I will make it again using another 1/2 cup water. Thanks for the recipe.

catmaniacs August 06, 2012

We loved this recipe !!! It was so easy to prepare. I used the chicken rice a roni and it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

Sherry & Carl October 12, 2011

This dish is awesome, I didn't have two boxes of rice a roni so I used the one box i had (italian garlic), and filled the rest of the box up with white rice (only half of the box was full) When I mixed it together I put extra italian seasoning and garlic to compensate for the white rice. I also used fresh onion like the other commentors. When you are supposed to stir during baking, I added a good amount of kraft parmesan cheese.

The Italian version of this was definitely good!

coreyman September 23, 2011

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