Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

Recipe for Cheesy Hamburger Casserole - Just as easy to make as Hamburger Helper and you can control the ingredients. Great weekday meal and the kids love it!


Recipe for Cheesy Hamburger Casserole - Just as easy to make as Hamburger Helper and you can control the ingredients. Great weekday meal and the kids love it!


Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small carrot * , chopped (optional)
  • 1 celery stalk * , chopped (optional)
  • 500 g/ 1 lb ground beef (mince) , preferably lean
  • 12 oz / 340g dried macaroni , uncooked
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn * , optional
  • 2 cups chicken broth/stock, low sodium
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce or Sriracha sauce , adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp American chili powder (Note 1)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder , or sub onion powder
  • 800 g / 28 oz crushed tomato
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 - 2 cups (150 - 200g) cheddar or tasty cheese, shredded (Note 3)
  • 1 cup (100g) mozzarella cheese , for topping
GARNISH (OPTIONAL)
  • 1 green onion , sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven or large deep skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic, cook 1 minute. 
  3. Add celery and carrot, cook 3 minutes until soft.
  4. Increase heat to high and add beef. Cook, breaking it up as you go, until no longer pink - 3 minutes.
  5. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT cheese. Stir to combine, add macaroni, then turn down to medium or medium low so it's simmering gently.
  6. Cover, cook 8 minutes. Pasta should be just about cooked, and still nice and saucy.
  7. Add cheddar cheese, stir. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  8. Cover with lid, cook for a further 2 minutes. 
  9. Remove from stove. The pasta should now be cooked - tender but firm, not mushy, slick with sauce, not dried out.
  10. Serve immediately, garnished with green onions, if using.