Hurry-Up Casserole Recipe

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This quick-to-fix dish really lives up to its name. Pea pods and chow mein noodles are interesting additions that add some pleasant crunch. - Rosemarie Yoakum, Columbus, Ohio.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen pea pods
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup or cream of celery soup, undiluted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 407 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 727mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef, onion and celery over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Add pea pods, noodles and soup mix; mix well. Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
To give Hurry-up Casserole a hearty crunch, try replacing the chow mein noodles with toasted cashews or almonds.
Originally published as Hurry-Up Casserole in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p190

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