Easy Cheeseburger Casserole

This is one of our kids’ favorite meals! And it’s so easy to make that I don’t mind if they ask for it once a week! 😉

Serves: 8-10

Easy Cheeseburger Casserole

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain Well.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the beef and cook until browned; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the diced tomatoes and mustard. Let the mixture bubble until it is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Season with your salt and pepper.
  3. Put your noodles in the greased pan and pour your meat sauce on top. Slightly mix together your noodles and sauce. Cover with foil and cook for 20 minutes. Take it out of the oven and remove your foil. Add your cheese on top and stick back in the oven until the cheese is melted.  (5 to 10 minutes). Serve while it is warm.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Main Dish
86 cal
6 g
2 g
7 g

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Recipe adapted from Skinnytaste

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24 Responses to “Easy Cheeseburger Casserole”

  1. Christine
    This recipe is incomplete. Not only do you call for ingredients that aren't listed in the ingredient list, you didn't finish the directions. I'm in the middle of this recipe not knowing what to do the rest of the way. Frustrating, but I still love your blog. I guess I'll figure it out. :P
  2. I was excited to make this for supper tonight, but it seems the recipe is incomplete. There is no tomato paste listed on the ingredient list, but you talk about adding it in the directions. Then the directions are incomplete. How long does it cook in the 9x13 pan?
  3. Lindsay
    From what I'm finding on the internet from recipes that are similar... Add 2 T. tomato paste. After the mixture is slightly thickened, add the cooked pasta. Then, pour everything into the greased 9x13 and put cheese on top. Bake appx. 15 min or until cheese is melted.
  4. Alicia
    Hi ladies. I was confused what to do next too! I found another link off pinterest for the exact same recipe. They said bake for 20 minutes. http://myrecipemagic.com/recipe/recipedetail/easy-cheeseburger-casserole
  5. Sandy_of_WV
    Would be nice/helpful if you would add facts/info to the question/comments of your readers [this in not only your site but others, as well]. -- adding "drain" to the ingredient list where "28 oz diced tomatoes" is listed. If only bloggers would do this - it would be appreciated and very helpful to all -- besides, we don't have time to read over the comments/responses to recipes. Sorry but just had to write and point this out -- hope you will consider doing this! :) Love your recipes but...
  6. Made this last night for the family. I added a Tbsp. of BBQ sauce which really added a lot of depth! I definitely recommend giving that a try! :) I also used sliced American cheese instead of cheddar which really gave this a classic cheeseburger taste. Next time I think I will cut the tomatoes in half, other than that this is super easy and quick! (I omitted the 2 TBSP of tomato paste the ingredients called for)
    • Prepare it all the way and instead of putting it in the oven, cover it really well and stick it in the freezer. Thaw and cook when ready to eat. You could also cook it and then freeze it. Just thaw and reheat. Check often while in the oven.

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