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Ground Beef Casserole Recipe

Ground Beef Casserole on a white plate with red and white napkins

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Ground Beef Casserole is a meal that the entire family will love. This ground beef casserole with pasta is comparable to a homemade hamburger helper dish, but so much better…..and healthier. You’ll be going back for a second serving.

A dish with noodles and cheese is always a winner in my book. The leftovers of this ground beef casserole are just as tasty the next day.

I’m also going to share an alternate version so you can switch things up.

Cheesy Beef Casserole

Noodles and ground beef casserole for weeknight meals

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cheddar Cheese Condensed Soup
  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Whole Milk
  • Shredded Cheese (I used a cheddar/jack mix)

Easy Family Dinner Casserole

Preheat oven to 350°F

Step 1: Brown ground beef in a skillet with the diced onion. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic powder.

Step 2: While the ground beef mixture is cooking, prepare the pasta. Add 4 quarts of water to a pot with half a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, add the elbow macaroni and cook for 10 minutes. Drain well.

Step 3: Next add the condensed cheddar cheese soup to the hamburger mixture. Add milk and stir to combine. Next, add the cooked macaroni pasta and stir to combine everything.

Step 4: Layer the mixture in a casserole dish and add some of the shredded cheese between layers, topping with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Ground Beef Casserole with Noodles

Delicious easy recipe with ground beef

Alternate Versions: Transform this into Mexican Ground Beef Casserole by adding one packet of taco seasoning in step 1. This recipe can also be made entirely on the stove top if you’d rather not have it as a casserole. Just stir the shredded cheese into the skillet mixture until melted and serve. 

The ground beef casserole can be served as the meal itself or along with a few side dishes, such as a garden salad and cooked corn.

A basic recipe with delicious ingredients that is perfect for any weeknight meal! Let’s dig in y’all!

Homemade hamburger helper ground beef casserole cheeseburger macaroni
Yield: 9 Servings

Ground Beef Casserole

Ground Beef Casserole on a white plate with red and white napkins

A delicious family meal of cheesy ground beef and pasta casserole

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 - 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Ground Chili Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Ground Garlic Powder
  • 10.5 oz Condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup (such as Campbell's)
  • 16 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 2/3 c Whole Milk
  • 8 oz Shredded Cheese (I used a cheddar/jack mix)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Start by browning the ground beef in a skillet with the diced onion. Season with salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic powder. 
  3. While the ground beef mixture is cooking, cook the pasta. Add 4 quarts of water to a pot with half a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, add the elbow macaroni and cook for 10 minutes. Drain well.
  4. Next add the condensed cheddar cheese soup to the hamburger mixture. Add milk and stir to combine. Next, add the cooked macaroni pasta and stir to combine everything.
  5. Lastly, layer the mixture in a casserole dish and add some of the shredded cheese between layers, topping with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 645Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 168mgSodium: 727mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 52g

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13 Comments

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    laura
    April 6, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    I love recipes like this! My grandmother used to make something similar!

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    Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
    April 7, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Ooooh making this for my boys! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED πŸ™‚

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      Julia Jordan
      April 7, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Kelly Lynn,
      Thank you πŸ™‚ I know they’ll enjoy it. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Angie GORDON
      March 22, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Made thus but added bell peppers, a can of corn and a can of rotel. Didn’t have cheese soup so I used a jar of Tostitos cheese salsa. Kept everything else the same. Turn out pretty tasty and a little bit spicy. My family loved it and my kids are kinda picky.

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        Julia Jordan
        March 22, 2020 at 6:05 pm

        Angie,
        I’m so glad that you were able to use this recipe and tweak it with what you had to serve up a meal that your family enjoyed. Thank you so much for sharing that with me.
        ~Julia

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    Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck
    April 7, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    What a perfect weeknight meal! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe on Friday Frenzy!

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    P~
    April 8, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Comfort food at its finest! Thanks, Julia, for joining us on Friday Frenzy! <3 P~

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    Barrie Mooney
    April 9, 2018 at 8:29 am

    What an easy recipe to pull out for a fast dinner- or dish to pass!

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    Julie @ Back To My Southern Roots
    April 29, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I could eat this for every meal. Mmm…

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