Thursday, July 19, 2007

Hamburger Macaroni Casserole

This has been a Nelson (blain & pat) Family favorite for a long time. Daniel reminded me of it when I was at a loss when thinking of what to do for dinner (yet again). There is really no recipe, you just kind of throw it together, but it sure is yummy. Even the kids devoured it. I am just going to post how I make it, I'm sure others in my family do it a little different.

Boil elbow macaroni - depends on family size(I always just guess-timate, this last time I used maybe 1/2 - 3/4 box)

In large pot brown hamburger or turkey burger - about a 1 lb. again depends on family size (we did it with turkey burger this last time and it was great)

I seasoned the meat with Oregano, Rosemary, garlic powder, and Italian Seasoning.

To meat add: 1 can diced tomatoes
1-2 cans tomato sauce
1 can or small frozen bag of corn (this last time we had fresh corn so I just boiled about 4-5 cobs and cut it off into the meat sauce)
Cooked & drained macaroni

Mix together and serve.

You want the mixture to be saucy enough, but not too watery. If it is too watery just add a little tomato paste* or if it is too thick add more tomato sauce or a little water.

*One of my favorite cooking short cuts taken from one of my cooking magazines is when you open tomato paste and don't use the whole can (which I never do) just place spoonfuls of the tomato paste into individual baggies and place in freezer. That way when you need to thicken a tomato based sauce you can just pop one of your frozen blobs of tomato paste in and it thickens it nicely.


Heather said...

Oh - that's a great tip for tomato paste. I never use the entire can. I'll have to try this trick. Thanks for sharing!

Amy D. said...

This is my all-time favorite casserole--my mom used to put cheddar cheese on the top (as do I!). After basketball practices I would be especially hungry and was glad when this was the meal.

Jan said...

Thanks for the recipe. It was so quick and easy, and the best thing is that my kids liked it. Yah!