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This easy hamburger casserole recipe combines rotini pasta, lean ground beef, and veggies in a rich tomato sauce, all under a bubbly cheese layer.

Perfect for a family dinner or when you’re craving some cozy homestyle cooking.

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Weeknight Wonder: Easy Hamburger Casserole

  • It’s a crowd-pleaser – kids and adults both love it!
  • Easy to prepare, with simple, common ingredients and perfect to sneak in some nutritious veggies.
  • Totally budget friendly and versatile – feel free to mix and match proteins, pastas, and cheeses.
  • This ground beef casserole recipe is pure comfort food when you need a hearty, delicious meal.
  • Excellent for meal prep and for saving time on busy weekdays.

Ingredients and Variations

  • Pasta: We love rotini because the spirals are perfect for holding onto the savory sauce. If you can’t find rotini, replace it with another medium pasta like fusilli, penne, or egg noodles.
  • Lean Ground Beef: Lean ground beef is often referred to hamburger, giving this meaty dish its name. Replace beef with ground turkey, Italian sausage, or ground chicken.
  • Frozen Mixed Vegetables: Use any blend you like; I use a blend with carrots, peas, corn, and green beans. Adding them to the pasta water makes for a fast meal!
  • Sauce: This sauce is simple but flavorful. Any brand of pasta sauce will work or even try homemade marinara as the base. Diced tomatoes add a tangy freshness, I prefer petite diced tomatoes if you can find them. , tomatoes and McCormick oreganobasil, and garlic powder add extra flavor. You can swap the spices for homemade Italian seasoning.
  • Shredded Cheese: A pre-shredded cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese blend is a great (and easy) option; choose any mixture you like.

How to Make Hamburger Casserole

  1. Cook pasta per package directions, adding the frozen vegetables in the last few minuts per the recipe below.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet, add sauce ingredients and simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Combine noodles, ground beef mixture, and cheese in a casserole dish. Top with cheese and bake until bubbly.
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What to Serve with Hamburger Casserole

Hamburger casserole is a full meal deal in itself, so it only needs a simple green salad and some bread.

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Prep Ahead & Leftovers

Keep leftover hamburger casserole covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Freeze portions before or after baking, wrapped tightly in foil. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed in the recipe.

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Hamburger Casserole

An easy-to-make casserole loaded with beef, veggies, and loads of hamburger flavor!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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Ingredients  

  • 8 ounces rotini or medium pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 ½ cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 14 ounces pasta sauce canned/jarred
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes or petite diced tomatoes, lightly drained, 1 can
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper or to taste
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar mozzarella blend

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the rotini al dente according to package directions. Add the frozen mixed vegetables to the boiling water for the last minute of cooking time.
  • Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and diced onion to the skillet, cooking until the beef no pink remains. Drain any grease. Stir in the oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and Worcestershire sauce to the skillet. Simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sauce, pasta, and vegetables. Spread into a 2½ quart baking dish and top with cheese.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or just until heated through and the cheese is melted.

Notes

Keep leftover hamburger casserole covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Freeze portions before or after baking, wrapped tightly in foil. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed in the recipe.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 414 | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 731mg | Potassium: 890mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2943IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Casserole, Dinner, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
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  1. this was honestly way better than I expected. I wanted something kid friendly. My 7 year olds have been so picky. They took a bite and yelled “good meat”! lol. Thanks for a budget friendly delish meal. it fed my family of 3 and my sisters who live nextdoor and I have 2 lunch portions. I’ll freeze one.5 stars

  2. This is one of the best casseroles I have ever made! I didn’t change a single thing and it was perfect just as is. I made a 13×9 pan and we polished it off in 2 days. I’ll definitely be making this again very soon. It pairs well with a mixed greens salad and cherry tomatoes.5 stars

  3. I made this Hamburger Casserole tonight. It was a hit! I made it by the recipe but used home canned spaghetti sauce. This is definitely a keeper! It does make 6 generous servings. Next time I might see if I can cut the recipe in half since it’s just my hubby and me.5 stars

  4. This was a quick weeknight dinner that o prepared in the morning, kept in the fridge all day, and then warmed up in between kids sports! Love that it only took 20 minutes to reheat. I would maybe add 10 more minutes of reheat time next time though as the pan was cold and there were still some cool spots when we served it. Easy fix in the microwave!5 stars

  5. I made this Hamburger Casserole for dinner tonight. I added mushrooms and left off the cheese due to my allergy. It was offered at the table for individual plates. It was delicious and my family raved. I served it with a Homemade Challah Bread, which also turned out delicious. Thanks for the recipes.

  6. This was such a fun recipe to try and I liked the flavor combinations! I did and extra pasta because I had a little over what the recipe called for but then again I love adding extra noodles whenever I can!5 stars

  7. Loved how adding the veggies at the end of cooking the noodles speeds things up. This was a simple “get it on the table quickly” type of meal. Thanks!

  8. my family loved this recipe! easy to make after cooking for so many years you know what works and man does this work.
    thank you so much!5 stars

  9. So annoying. Doesn’t say when our in oven if it’s covered or not. I always find these recipes turn out dry. Hope this one is better.

    1. The casserole does not need to be covered just top with cheese in step 5 and bake in step 6 as indicated. This casserole bakes for under 20 minutes and is nice and saucy so it shouldn’t be dry.

      For future, if any of my recipes need to be covered, it will be specify to cover it in the recipe. I hope that helps.

  10. Love it! Moved to my Favorites folder on Pinterest. We like it spicy so we increased all the spices from 1/2 to 1 whole TBSP and added a TBSP of chili powder. We used a whole jar of Ragu Original Pasta Sauce.

  11. Hi Holly!! I am excited to try this recipe and am wondering if you think bow ties would work? Thank you!!

    1. Any medium noodle shape should work in this recipe Lauren. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  12. can you frezee leftovers? so delicious I have left over marinara sauce and dice tomatoes Soooo good, love your recipes

    1. I have not tried freezing this recipe but it should work just fine! If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out Betty!

  13. I have never left a comment on a recipe before, but there has to be a first time for everything!
    I am not a beef eater, so I substituted Impossible burgers. I fried it up the same way the recipe calls for. I also did not have any pasta sauce so I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 1 small can tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, more garlic (fresh and powder), some onion powder (as well as the diced that the recipe calls for), I doubled the basil and oregano, and I also added 1 jalapeno and 1 serrano chili, and some red pepper flakes (because we like spicy food). I used a mix of cheese, with parmesan, about half and half. Oh, I also snuck in 1.5 cups frozen mixed veggies while my husband wasn’t looking. Ha!
    This turned out DELICIOUS!
    Thank you, Holly for the recipe.5 stars

    1. I definitely doubled the spices and the liquids, as I felt the required amount wasn’t enough. But good base recipe and a good variation to regular pasta & meat sauce!