Easy Hamburger Casserole

An easy hamburger casserole made with hamburger, rotini pasta, baked beans, tomato sauce, and barbecue sauce. Serve this for a weeknight dinner.

Ahh…the humble casserole. This is one of those everyday easy recipes that can save dinner for you when you don’t have any ideas about what to make or are short on ingredients. The is the type of recipe at first glance you might think of as boring and bland. Actually it is quite flavorful and something just about everyone in the family will enjoy.

I definitely put this dish in the comfort food area, as the combination of hamburger and pasta is just so satisfying! Although you can make this any time of year; it seems to taste particularly good on a cold winter night.

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All you need to have around is pasta, hamburger, tomato sauce and barbecue sauce. If you normally stock these types of items, you can put together this winning recipe in no time.

This recipe also easily morphs to what you have on hand. So, if you don’t have rotini pasta (the spirals) you can use shells instead, or whatever other pastas you happen to have around.

What makes this recipe special is that that spiciness of the barbecue sauce counteracts the sweetness of the baked beans. The result is just plain yummy! I personally like to use Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue sauce in this dish, but you can use whatever you have on hand.

My mom has made this regularly over the years and I have developed my own version of what my family likes. You can also add sun-dried tomatoes if you wish for more of a tomato flavor.

Serve with cottage cheese or a dish of fruit on the side.

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Easy Hamburger Casserole With Baked Beans

Easy Hamburger Casserole
 
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An easy hamburger casserole for a weeknight dinner. This one is a hit in our house!
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 Teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef, thawed (I use 80/20 beef)
  • 12-16 ounces uncooked rotini pasta or medium shells
  • 1-28 ounce can Bush's Baked Beans
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 1-16 ounce can tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, re-hydrated (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a frying pan, heat olive oil. Add chopped onion and garlic. Saute until soft for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add thawed ground beef to the frying pan and cook until hamburger is completely browned. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a large kettle prepare pasta according to package directions. Use 12-16 ounces of pasta depending on how many people you will feed.
  5. Drain pasta from the kettle and then place the drained pasta back into the kettle. Add in the hamburger, baked beans, barbeque sauce, tomato sauce, and sun-dried tomatoes. Stir well and add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Transfer entire mixture into a 2-1/2 quart casserole dish and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees until heated through.
Notes
Serves 6.

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Laura Jean Warnke
 

Laura Jean Warnke is a mom, wife, and Midwest cook that enjoys sharing many of her family's favorite comfort food recipes. She grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and loves to bring that farm-style home cooking to your table.

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