Hello! And welcome to Holly’s Cooking Challenge.

This month I will be making Hamburger Casserole and I hope you join me!

a casserole dish of baked hamburger casserole with a spoon

Cooking Challenge

September 2023 Cooking Challenge

Hamburger Casserole

Fall is here, school is back in session, and I can’t wait to make all the cozy, comforting meals.

Hamburger casserole is an easy homestyle meal that is a crowd-pleaser. Pasta, ground beef, and mixed veggies are baked in a rich tomato sauce with a bubbling cheese topping. It’s hearty, budget-friendly, and versatile.

Alternate recipe: If hamburger casserole isn’t a fit for you, here is this month’s alternate recipe.

  • Homemade Chicken Spaghetti – This simple casserole is easy to make and full of cheesy goodness. Tender chicken and pasta are tossed in a homemade sauce for a satisfying dinner you’ll want to make on repeat.

After you make the hamburger casserole or baked spaghetti (remember, any variations are fine!), send in a picture of your creation to cookingchallenge@spendwithpennies.com.

3 images including an ipad with a recipe in it, polaroid photos of lasagna, and an email symbol on an envelope
  1. Make the recipe of the month (or a variation of it!).
  2. Snap a photo of your creation.
  3. Email photos to cookingchallenge@spendwithpennies.com by the last day of the month at 11:59 PM PST for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

And don’t forget, for a bonus entry, leave a review on the recipe!

Share your recipe photos on social media and tag us at #HollysCookingChallenge! You could be featured in an upcoming post!

Holly’s Cooking Challenge Details

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Last Month’s Challenge

Last month we made homemade tomato soup, the perfect recipe to use up an abundance of garden tomatoes!

And drumroll for the winner for Holly’s August 2023 Cooking Challenge…

Rebecca O.

Thank you to everyone who entered. It was so fun to be able to see all of your creations! Check them out…


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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!
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