Got Ground Beef? 10 Great Weeknight Casseroles
Every home cook knows it’s wise to have a pound of ground beef at the ready. As a dinner ingredient, it’s endlessly versatile—great for quick burgers, as the base for chili, or (drum roll, please) in a casserole. Yes, we love our ground-beef casseroles, and for good reason. Ground beef gives all sorts of casseroles a hearty, meaty goodness, whether you’re talking about Italian-style baked ziti or a creamy wild rice concoction.
We’ve picked 10 of our favorite ground beef casseroles, many of which can be made in advance and popped in the oven just before sitting down to dinner. Maybe your family will fall for the spaghetti pie that’s got all the gooey goodness of lasagne, or perhaps they’ll clamor for the bean-and-beef enchilada casserole (pictured at left). But if your loved ones prefer tater-tot casserole above all else, stand proud. We all understand it’s hard to resist those golden little potato nuggets—whether you’re eight or 80.
This spaghetti casserole actually tastes more like rich lasagna, thanks to the addition of cottage cheese. The “crust” in this pie is pasta, filled with zesty tomato sauce, ground beef, spices, and parmesan cheese.
Nutty, earthy wild rice is always a hit! It seems somewhat exotic, but is extremely easy to work with. It only takes 20 minutes of prep time, but this combination of wild rice, mushrooms, spinach, cream cheese, and spices makes an elegant side for any main-dish meat.
Layers of pasta, ground beef, cheese, sour cream, spinach and tomato sauce? Sign us up! Your kids will agree. This “everything” casserole will be on constant dinner rotation once you’ve experience just how easy this dish can be.
A pizza casserole that puffs up as it bakes? This delicious dish has “kids” written all over it. Pepperoni plus ground beef make it a meat-lovers favorite, too. Don’t worry, mom, there are peppers and onions in there, too. So everyone gets their veggies… with pleasure!
Using jarred tomato sauce with mushrooms makes this baked ziti a snap to assemble. Fifteen minutes, in fact! Pop it in the oven for a half-hour until the cheese is all warm and melted and the flavors have blended beautifully.
Combining two family favorites—macaroni-and-cheese and ground beef—into one casserole: genius. The combination of Gruyère and sharp cheddar cheeses gives this dish a subtle tang and a wallop of creaminess.
If you’re looking for a crowd pleaser, you can’t go wrong with a classic like tater tot casserole. Six ingredients and about a half an hour are all it takes for this rich meat-and-potatoes meal to be foursquare on the table. Dig in!
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