Comfort Food for a Dreary Day: Cheesy Hamburger Casserole with Macaroni and Buttered Croutons

Comfort Food for a Dreary Day: Cheesy Hamburger Casserole with Macaroni and Buttered Croutons

Comfort Food for a Dreary Day: Cheesy Hamburger Casserole with Macaroni and Buttered Croutons

 

It was a rainy day with a bit of a chill in the air yesterday, so my mind went directly to comfort food for supper.

Not wanting to go out to the store in the rain if I didn’t have to, I checked the fridge to see what I could whip together. We had more eggplant from the garden than you could shake a stick at, half a loaf of white bread, a hunk of Velveeta, and bad milk that was so old, it had become good cheese.

Suddenly it dawned on me: hamburger casserole! It was a childhood favorite of mine that my mom used to make way back when. There’s nothing quite so comforting as a homemade meal that you fondly remember eating as a child.

I imagine my mom got it out of one of the many church cookbooks she would buy or was given. They’re a home cook’s version of Reader’s Digest: heartwarming, homespun recipes, each with its own abridged tale about how it came to be.

With only a handful of ingredients, this casserole is a simple crowd-pleasing supper that comes together very quickly. You don’t even have to pre-cook the pasta. Bonus!

It’s steamy, cheesy goodness with macaroni, ground beef, and butter-soaked croutons to ramp up the comfort food factor.

Do yourself a favor and make it when it’s drizzling and there’s a nip in the air. It’ll be the warm hug on a plate that you’re craving.

Thanks for the recipe, Mom!

Here’s how you make it:

 

Recipe courtesy of: Mary Lou Sandvik, a.k.a., YLM, a.k.a., Mom

Ingredients: 

1.5 lbs. of ground beef

1 cup chopped onion

3 cloves garlic – minced

16 oz. can tomatoes

16 oz. can tomato sauce

1.5 cups cubed Velveeta

1.5 cups uncooked macaroni noodles

1/2 stick of butter (4 tablespoons)

2 slices of white bread, cut into 1″ cubes

 

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Directions:

Preheat oven @ 350º

Saute ground beef, onions, and garlic until onions are opaque.

 

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Drain out the grease.

Mix in can of tomatoes and can of tomato sauce.

 

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Stir in cubed Velveeta and uncooked macaroni, making sure all pasta is covered by sauce.

 

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Dump into a casserole dish and bake for 30 mins. @ 350º. (Make sure all pasta is covered by sauce.)

 

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Melt 1/2 stick of butter, and toss bread cubes in butter.

Place bread on casserole and bake for 15 minutes.

 

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Serve it with a side vegetable or salad, and it’s a warm and comforting stick-to-your-ribs supper.

 

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Better yet, it’s kid tested, mother approved!

Here’s the handy printable version.

 

Hamburger Casserole Like Mom Used to Make

Serves 8
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
By author Mary Lou Sandvik
Comfort food at its finest: ground beef, tomatoes, cheese and pasta all tumble around in the same pan and are finally covered with buttered croutons to create a warm hug on a plate.

Ingredients

  • 1.5lb ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 16oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 16oz can tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 1.5 cups Velveeta (cubed)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 medium slices white bread (cubed)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350º.
Step 2
Saute ground beef, onions, and garlic until onions are opaque.
Step 3
Drain grease.
Step 4
Mix in can of tomatoes and can of sauce.
Step 5
Dump into a casserole dish and bake for 30 mins. @ 350º.
Step 6
Melt 1/2 stick of butter, and toss bread cubes in butter.
Step 7
Place bread on casserole and bake for another 15 minutes.

 

 

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Hi! My name is Becky. I’m a mom, a wife, a friend, a writer, and a compulsive thinker. Don't invite me to a spa or to shop the day away, but rather, make me laugh, engage me in interesting conversation, play a game with me, or give me a cappuccino and homemade vanilla bean flan and I’m yours ‘til the cows come home.

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