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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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A Weird But Super Good Recipe

Try this recipe. It is so good! Everyone in my entire family loves it, which is rare. I say it is weird because it is called Cheeseburger Casserole, and although being a simple pasta recipe, it smells and tastes like you are eating a cheeseburger. Seriously.


Cheeseburger Casserole 


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta~rotini or penne works well
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 can diced tomatoes~ 28 ounces~I like the petite diced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles~optional
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray 13x9 baking dish.
  • Boil pasta until al dente and drain.
  • Place oil in large skillet and cook onion over medium-low heat until soft.
  • Add garlic and then ground beef.
  • Cook until browned, drain and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Add ketchup, tomatoes, and mustard. Mix and cook about 3 minutes.
  • Combine meat mixture with pasta, and put in baking dish.
  • Bake about 15 minutes. 
  • Add cheese and bake until melted, about 5 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle with pickles. ~This is optional. We didn't!
The original recipe is right HERE. I did add a squirt or two extra of the ketchup and mustard. Just because.

This past weekend, I made two pans, one with gluten-free pasta and it was delicious too!
I have also made this with veggie pasta. Also, one time I didn't have a can of diced tomatoes, so I used fresh and some water. Delicious!

Tell me if you don't think you are eating a cheeseburger.
Honestly.

Don't forget dessert!
Peyton and Flynn made these cute pudding pies.
Simply mix up some pudding according to directions~the instant kind~ pour into those little premade graham cracker crusts and refrigerate. Then add some whipped topping, crushed Oreos, or festive sprinkles. So good!

Let me know if you try this one, my friends.
It isn't fancy. It isn't expensive.
But it is a good, simple meal for a family dinner around the table.
Enjoy!








Comments

  1. I definitely will be trying this casserole....looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I will be making this for my family, it sounds yummy!

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  3. Yum! This looks delicious! My guys would LOVE this! Plus I love one dish meals!! Thanks for sharing! : -)

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  4. This looks so nummy, I think I will try and make a couple and freeze one to see how it freezes. It will be good for a last minute call from the church, which I seem to get on a regular basis.

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  5. I will be making that cheeseburger pie! Looks so good I want to dive into the screen!

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  6. This does sound delicious! Our new church has pot lucks once a month and this one might be a good one to take in May!! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Oh I will be trying this. We love one-dish meals and this one sounds YUMMY. Thanks for sharing! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

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  8. OH WoW! this looks and sounds amazing, Billie Jo, I am going to copy, this now, and will try it soon, and let you know. Thanks for sharing. The dessert, looks absolutely scrumptious too!
    Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comment.

    Sue

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  9. This sounds and looks delicious! I bet even my picky eaters would love it! Thanks for sharing! And those desserts -- wow!!

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  10. Simple meals are the best. I'll be pinning this recipe. I like your jelly bean candle. My my, I can't believe it's almost Easter.
    xx Beca

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  11. Sounds delicious to me, I think the pickles sound perfect for an unexpected surprise :)

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  12. That recipe looks delicious. I have a Cheeseburger Soup recipe and we love it. Thanks for the recipe!

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  13. That looks yummy and I know my family would enjoy both things. I could tweak it to fit my restrictions too! Can you believe Easter is right around the corner already? I haven't even decorated which is not like me at all, lol. I was just asking Jerry tonight if he could go in the attic and get some of the decorations down for me :-) Little short on time, but still worth it lol. Now to get some goodies ready for the girls too! Enjoy the rest of your week!

    blessings,
    Jill

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