Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hamburger Casserole


Here is another one of our faves. I know that I found this recipe on the Internet a couple of years ago, but I have no idea where I found it! This is actually one of the easiest casseroles I make, and I always have the ingredients on hand for it. If you need more excuses to eat French fried onions, this recipe is for you. It's happy and homemade in about 45 minutes! Here is the recipe card. I actually follow this one!

 


Step One: Chop up a small onion.







Step Two: Season ground chuck with salt.







Step Three: Heat a skillet over med-high heat. When hot, add the ground chuck to the pan. Break up ground chuck in the pan as it browns, and then add the chopped onion.






Step Four: While the meat and onions cook, add the noodles to a large pot of boiling, well-salted water.

This picture is a bit misleading. I promise the water was boiling before I added those noodles!





Step Five: Drain the ground chuck mixture, and then add it back to the pan.

Step Six: Stir in cream of chicken soup.
Step Seven: When the noodles are tender, drain them, and add them back to the pot.

I usually put the pot back on the burner for about 10 seconds. I rarely drain pasta well enough. That short time on the burner evaporates away any extra water.




Step Eight: Add the meat mixture to the noodles...





...and stir well.






Step Nine: Spray a 2qt casserole dish with cooking spray.





Step Ten: Put the noodle misture into the dish,...





...cover, and let it bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.






Step Eleven: Pull out the casserole, uncover, and sprinkle French fried onions all over the top. Mmmm. Then cook uncovered for 5 more minutes.

If you will notice, I don't even take it out of the oven! I just pull the oven rack out and sprinkle the onions on top quickly. This method is not the best way to do things...I don't know if you can see them, but there are two or three French fried onions burning in the bottom of the oven...but like I have said before - in cooking, patience is a virtue, not a requirement.
Ta-da! Delicious...buttery even. I do not know how it gets so buttery. I promise I do not add any butter!





Yummmm....






This is the casserole my family found...I did not wait for them...












Hamburger Casserole
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1 lb. ground chuck
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 medium onion
, chopped
1 8oz bag egg noodles, cooked & drained
1 3-oz can French-fried onions
½ t. salt
¼ t. pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat a medium skillet over med-high heat. Brown and crumble ground chuck. While browning, add onions. Cook until meat is no longer pink and onions are soft. Drain.

Combine the noodles, meat mixture, soup, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Spread evenly into a greased 2 qt. casserole. Cover and bake 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, uncover, and spread French-fried onions evenly over the top. Return to the oven for 5 more minutes.
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