Beef and pasta casserole is a good recipe to make over the weekend. You can freeze and reheat it during the week. Along with the beef it contains onions, celery, corn and cheese. The ingredients can be as varied as your imagination.
Casseroles and one pot meals remain the foundations of home cooking. In the country or city any place were women were busy with other tasks during the day the one pot meal was relied on to keep their families fed. Casserole recipes are endless in number. From baked beans, tuna and noodles, and concoctions containing darn near everything in the kitchen the variety is amazing.
The recipe will serve 4, more if you serve it with a salad and bread.
- ½ lb. of hamburger
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- ¼ cup of chopped onion
- ½ cup of sliced celery
- 1 cup of corn, frozen or canned and drained
- 3 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon or more of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons of beef bouillon
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 8 oz. of dry pasta
- Cheddar cheese
Heat the butter in a large pan, crumble the hamburger into the hot butter. Stir and brown the meat. Add the chopped onion, the celery and the corn. Stir and continue to cook until the onion and celery is tender. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the water, beef bouillon and the Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and cover, continue to cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Remove the cover and increase the heat to bring it to a boil. Stir the uncooked pasta into the boiling mixcture. Continue to stir a few minutes to keep the pasta from sticking together and stir once in a while until the pasta is done. Lower the heat to medium low or low and stir in the cheese. Turn off the heat and cover. Stir well before serving. It can be kept warm in a 300 degree F oven.
Pack leftovers into a casserole pan and reheat leftovers in a 350 degree F oven. Cover or cover the top with cheese or buttered bread crumbs, cornbread works well.
Mushrooms, squash or cooked beans would go well in this recipe.
Pasta can be any type you have on hand including homemade.
Add chopped olives or sliced green onions with the cheese.
If you want a thicker sauce add a couple tablespoons of flour mixed with 1/3 cup of cool water to the simmering mixture. Stir constantly until it is as thick as you would like. Then add the cheese.
Other meats can be used in this, chicken, pork, or fish.
If you use a cheap package of mac and cheese add the imitation cheese sauce mix to the pan after the pasta is done.