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Cheesy One Pot Hamburger Casserole

This easy one pot recipe is beloved by all ages!

Updated June 05, 2020
Cheesy One Pot Hamburger Casserole
Cheesy One Pot Hamburger Casserole
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This Cheesy One Pot Hamburger Casserole is one of those easy weeknight meals you can make in a hurry when you have hungry mouths to feed. This cheeseburger casserole is basically a homemade hamburger helper, which we can all agree is a fantastic dinner option. Made with pasta, ground beef, cheese and more, you won't hear any complaints next time you're getting ready to serve the meal. Kids will love this dish as much as adults love how easy it is. It's also a great meal for leftovers, so don't worry about making more than you can eat in one sitting. Pack this yummy hamburger casserole for lunches the next day!

Cooking Time30 min


Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (32-ounce) can chicken broth (divided)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 pound rotini pasta
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drain excess fat.

  2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chicken broth (2 cups), ketchup, and pasta. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through about 13-16 minutes. Stir throughout adding in any more chicken broth as needed.

  3. Remove from heat and top with cheese. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes, and then stir to mix throughout.

  4. Serve immediately.

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I made this but the recipe directions sayis to stir in tomato sauce. Tomato sauce is not listed in the ingredients. How much tomato sauce do you add. roma tomato is listed in the ingredients but it does not say when to add the tomato in the directions. Please help.

This reminds me of one of my favorite dishes my mom used to make!

I've been making a meal similar to this for many years and had no idea what to call I chose the name whatchamacallit. My preference of pasta is either elbow or shell macaroni, as it picks up all of that yummy sauce easily and I like to throw in some french cut green beans as well. I'm not sure why ketchup is necessary for this recipe if you're using tomato paste and considering it's already got ground beef...I think I'd rather use beef broth. This is an easy, time saving, delicious meal that everyone will love!

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Does this recipe sound like one of those box meals you find in the hamburger helper aisle to anyone else? I have to admit on occasion when I am late on time, I have thrown one of those meals together. Now I no longer have lack of time for an excuse because this meal can easily double as one of those box meals.

A good, tasty and filling family meal and quite easy enough to make on a week night after a busy day. We added a couple of extra flavors, garlic and chili fresh from our vegetable garden, and it was tasty and more-ish. We also grated a little fresh parmesan into the cheese topping and crisped it under the broiler for a couple of minutes.


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