Weekday Meal: Pat’s Casserole

pat's casserole


This is on my steady weeknight rotation and was always on my mom’s, too. It’s so quick and the kids think it’s a treat. Again, I’m able to sneak a veggie in. Think of it a homemade version of hamburger helper. Minus those ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Makes 4 to 5 servings

1 box small shell pasta

1 lb lean ground beef

1 8 oz can of tomato sauce

1 green pepper diced

1 small onion diced

2 to 3 slices of american cheese

Olive Oil


Add tbsp of olive oil to a large frying pan and set stove on low-medium heat. Add green pepper and onion and cover. Sautee until peppers are soft and onions are translucent.  Stir frequently and turn heat down if necessary so onions don’t brown. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Drain fat if necessary and add can of tomato sauce. Bring to simmer and turn off heat.

Prepare elbow pasta as indicated on box. Return the cooked pasta to the pot, adding a small amount of olive oil to keep it from sticking.

Add the beef and veggie mixture to the pot of the small shell pasta and mix together.

Tear the American cheese into small pieces and add to the pot, stirring it in until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy.

3 thoughts on “Weekday Meal: Pat’s Casserole

  1. ChicMommy, my family just finished eating this for dinner. It’s a hit! I love to think of it as homemade hamburger helper. Thank you!

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