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Looking for quick and easy dinner recipes for the family? This simple casserole dish is perfect for busy weeknights, picky eaters and hungry husbands! It’s not only delicous, it’s also budget friendly, easy to make and a family favorite. It’s made with just ground beef, pasta shells, tomato soup, cheese and seasoning to taste. Yum!
Anyone else trying to feed picky eaters? Don’t you just love it when you spend so much time planning and making dinner only for everyone to complain. Arg! Well, I have some good news for you. This quick and easy dinner casserole is made with simple and cheap ingredients, takes very little time to prepare, is perfect for busy weeknights and is a family favorite!
It’s made with just ground beef, pasta shells, tomato soup, cheese and seasoning to taste. It doesn’t sound like much, but when it all comes together it’s like eating a cheeseburger out of a pan. It’s a very comforting meal especially in the winter months.
A casserole made up of just four ingredients might sound like it’s either too good to be true or completely devoid of flavor, but this one is neither of those things. It does have just four ingredients, but it’s very very real and is as tasty as a cheeseburger but with all the comfort of a casserole. I find myself making this on busy weeknights because it’s just so easy to throw together, but unlike some other last-minute meals I’ve tried out, I never hear any whining about this one once we all sit down to dinner.
I was skeptical about this four-ingredient thing at first because I couldn’t imagine that it would actually deliver on flavor, but there was no need to worry. (And to be fair, I’m counting the two cheeses as one ingredient, so it’s really five if you’re being nit-picky.) But all you need is some shell pasta, a couple of cans of tomato soup, a pound of ground beef, and some grated cheese (cheddar and mozzarella, but the combo is really up to you).
You simply boil the pasta and brown up the ground beef with whatever seasonings you happen to like (seasoned salt or Italian seasoning are great!) and then add them to a baking dish with the cheese and tomato soup.
1 (1lb) box medium pasta shells
1lb ground beef
2 (10oz) cans tomato soup
2 cups shredded cheddar
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup water
garlilc, salt & pepper to taste
Cook and drain the pasta according to the package directions.
Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease and 9×13 baking dish.
In a large skillet, brown and chop the ground beef with garlic powder, salt and pepper (or any seasoning of your choice).
Add the cooked pasta, tomato soup, a half cup of water and HALF of the cheese to your skillet with the browned beef; stir and cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
Pour the mixture into your greased dish and top with the remaining cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes (I also like to turn the broiler on for the last 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese).
Serve immediately and store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.