what to put in a beef casserole

About this recipe675g / 1½ lb of rib beef steak.1 dessertspoon of cooking oil.1 large onion, peeled and chopped.25g / 1 oz. of corn-flour.7 mushrooms, sliced.3 medium carrots, sliced.575ml / 1 pint of beef stock or 2 stock cubes dissolved in 575ml / 1 pint of warm water.1 tablespoon of tomato puree.

  1. 675g / 1½ lb of rib beef steak.
  2. 1 dessertspoon of cooking oil.
  3. 1 large onion, peeled and chopped.
  4. 25g / 1 oz. of corn-flour.
  5. 7 mushrooms, sliced.
  6. 3 medium carrots, sliced.
  7. 575ml / 1 pint of beef stock or 2 stock cubes dissolved in 575ml / 1 pint of warm water.
  8. 1 tablespoon of tomato puree.

This ground beef casserole recipe is super easy to throw together and feeds a crowd! It’s comforting and uses simple ingredients.

How To Brown Ground Beef

Knowing how to cook ground beef is a valuable skill to have in the kitchen because it not only lets you make casserole recipes such as this one but also spaghetti, tacos, and soups.

Browning ground beef is easy once you know what youre doing. All you have to do is add your ground beef to a nonstick skillet—your cast-iron pan is ideal for this—over medium heat. Allow the bottom to start changing color for approximately 5 minutes before stirring the ground beef with a spoon.

Cook until the meat is no longer pink in color and the liquid has evaporated. According to the USDA, ground beef should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 160°F. If you dont end up using the cooked meat in your casserole right away, refrigerate the ground beef immediately to prevent the growth of bacteria.

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • This is the garlic press I use to avoid the hassle of mincing garlic by hand.
  • You’ll need a 9×13 baking dish for this casserole.
  • Store the other half of the onion in the fridge in an onion saver for later.
  • Break apart the meat as it’s browning with my favorite cooking spoon.
  • Any jarred tomato-based pasta sauce will work, or use a similar amount of tomato sauce or even a combo of tomato products such as diced tomatoes and tomato paste or crushed tomatoes. I’d then add in a bit of Italian seasoning or other herbs for more flavor.
  • You can substitute the penne with whatever pasta you have on hand or (even use egg noodles like some casseroles do).
  • Ground turkey or Italian sausage are other protein options instead of the beef, or you could do a mixture.
  • If you want to put a Tex-Mex spin on this hamburger pasta casserole, add in some beans, Taco Seasoning, and use a Mexican cheese blend.
  • For some veggie content, stir in some frozen mixed vegetables until thawed. Simply add to the skillet and cook for a couple minutes once the beef is browned.
  • Up to 1 day ahead: assemble it, cover and refrigerate, and then bake as directed below, possibly adding a few more minutes onto the time to ensure it’s cooked all the way through if it’s cold from the fridge.
  • Freezer instructions: assemble it, and then cover it tightly and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw for 24 hours in the refrigerator, then bake it as indicated. I would definitely recommend using more sauce for make-ahead methods.
  • Baking from frozen: warm it up on the counter for a bit so that the casserole dish doesn’t crack. It will take a little longer, so bake covered with foil until the middle is hot, and then broil the cheese at the end, watching carefully.

what to put in a beef casserole

How to make this ground beef casserole

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

what to put in a beef casserole

Preheat your oven to 400F, and grease a baking dish. Boil the pasta for a minute less than package directions. Meanwhile, add the oil, onion, and beef to a skillet. Sauté until cooked, adding the garlic once it gets going. Spoon out any excess fat, then pour in the marinara and warm through. Taste and season with salt & pepper as needed.

what to put in a beef casserole

Drain the pasta, and add it to the baking dish. Pour the beef mixture over top, and toss to combine. Spread everything in an even layer. Top with the cheddar cheese, and bake uncovered until melty. Broil if desired to brown the cheese, and enjoy right away.

About this recipe675g / 1½ lb of rib beef steak.1 dessertspoon of cooking oil.1 large onion, peeled and chopped.25g / 1 oz. of corn-flour.7 mushrooms, sliced.3 medium carrots, sliced.575ml / 1 pint of beef stock or 2 stock cubes dissolved in 575ml / 1 pint of warm water.1 tablespoon of tomato puree.

FAQ

What else can I put in beef stew?

There are several surprising ingredients you can add to beef stew to give it extra flavor. Some options include a splash of red wine for depth, a spoonful of Dijon mustard for tanginess, a sprinkle of smoked paprika for a hint of smokiness, or a bit of balsamic vinegar for a touch of sweetness and acidity.

How do you add flavour to beef casserole?

Add spices such as turmeric, coriander and cumin at the early stage of cooking, when you are frying onions and garlic, to enhance the taste of the beef stew. Fresh herbs like coriander and bay leaves also contribute a distinct flavour without making the dish too spicy for the younger members of the family.

What are the basics of a casserole?

In the United States, a casserole or hot dish is typically a baked food with three main components: pieces of meat (such as chicken or ground meat) or fish (such as tuna) or other protein (such as beans or tofu), various chopped or canned vegetables (such as green beans or peas), and a starchy binder (such as flour, …

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