Hamburger casserole

This Hamburger Casserole recipe is tailored for individuals and families seeking a quick, delicious, and filling meal that doesn’t compromise on taste. Whether you’re a parent looking for a kid-friendly dinner option or someone hosting a casual gathering, this casserole is a versatile dish that satisfies a variety of palates. With its straightforward preparation and familiar ingredients, it’s an excellent choice for both novice cooks and seasoned kitchen experts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use a different type of pasta?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to swap the medium shells for your favorite pasta shape, such as penne or rotini.

Q: Can I make this casserole ahead of time?
A: Yes, assemble the casserole and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake. Adjust the baking time accordingly.

Q: Is there a substitute for tomato soup?
A: If you prefer, you can use tomato sauce or a homemade tomato blend seasoned to your taste.

Kitchen Equipment

  • Large pot for boiling noodles
  • Frying pan for cooking hamburger
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Aluminum foil


  • 1 lb box medium shells
  • 1 lb ground hamburger, cooked with garlic, onion, salt, and pepper
  • 2 cans tomato soup
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese


  1. Cook the Noodles:
  • Prepare the medium shells according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  1. Prepare the Hamburger:
  • In a frying pan, brown the ground hamburger with garlic, onion, salt, and pepper until fully cooked.
  1. Create the Tomato Soup Blend:
  • To the cooked hamburger, add the two cans of tomato soup and 1/2 can of water.
  • Stir and cook on medium heat for 4 minutes.
  1. Assemble the Casserole:
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a greased 9×13 baking dish, pour in the cooked and drained noodles.
  • Pour the prepared hamburger and tomato soup blend over the noodles, stirring to combine.
  1. Add the Cheese Layer:
  • Spread a layer of cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese over the casserole.
  • Cover the dish with foil.
  1. Bake and Brown the Cheese:
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 11 minutes.
  • For a golden-brown finish, you can also place the casserole under the broiler for 6 minutes.
  1. Serve and Enjoy:
  • Let the casserole cool slightly before serving. Scoop generous portions onto plates and savor the comforting flavors.

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