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Stovetop Hamburger Casserole Recipe

Stovetop Hamburger Casserole Recipe

This is quick comfort food at its best. It's hearty and mildly seasoned, so it's great for a fast supper that everyone in the family will enjoy.—Edith Landinger, Longview, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total TIme: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) small pasta shells
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups cubed cooked red potatoes
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add carrots and celery; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 2. Stir in the potatoes, corn, tomato sauce, salt and pepper; heat through. Drain pasta and add to skillet; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 508 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1172mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein

Reviews for Stovetop Hamburger Casserole

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Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"Just made this for dinner tonight. I agree it is dry. Will add more sauce and other spices when I try again. If that doesn't work, won't bother again."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2015

"Very bland, and not nearly enough liquid. I would agree with others that there are so many more skillet recipes out there that are far better. To fix this one would take a major overhaul."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2015

"This needed adjustment. There was not enough liquid. I added two cans of beef broth and another can of tomato sauce. Also I added more seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, chili powder and more salt & pepper. This actually turned out quite good ,my husband liked it. This made a lot , good inexpensive meal for a big family . I did just use one lb. of ground chuck as that is what I had on hand.


Reviewed Nov. 22, 2014

"Good with the red merlot"

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Just plain and not good."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2014

"Tasty...would add more sauce."

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"Very average hamburger casserole and bland with one too many starches. Many more like this out there that are better than this, to go to this expense for a marginal recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"This was ok but def needed some spice. 2nd time added Italian spice , salt and pepper with meat & wow what a diff!!"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"I love having different veggies. I didn't have tomato sauce and used 1 can of tomato soup with a dash of hot sauce! It was so good!! Thanks for sharing"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"Was just ok.., will not make again."

Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"This casserole has everything in the way of ingredients, but I thought it was lacking in flavor. It wasn't "bad", but it needed something to give it some more kick....I thought of stirring in some ketchup, as I couldn't even taste the tomato sauce, but my son douses most main dishes with a liberal dose of ketchup anyway, so I left it for people to add what they wanted to it. I used a lb. of ground round and a half lb. of ground chuck that needed to be used....maybe all chuck would have added more flavor. But anyway.....there was a lot, it was filled the void!! I probably wouldn't make it again, however."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2014

"This recipe was not bad, but there are a couple of things that I would do differently. I made 2/3 of recipe, because I had only 1 lb. of meat. I ended up using an entire 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, and still felt that it needed more; the sauce was basically absorbed by all the starchy foods I think. And that is my other issue with this--three starchy foods in one dish just seems too much, although the corn did add a nice pop of flavor. I would omit the pasta, I think, considering the other ingredients in the dish, and increase the tomato sauce by 8 more ounces for a full recipe, which would require an increase in seasonings, too. My husband just didn't care for this particular mix of tastes, so I probably won't make it again."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"I didn't care for this dish..... I'm not sure why because it sounds fantastic, but it just didn't taste good to me. Maybe if the potatoes were browned more like a hash rather than boiled. I must say that this is the first Taste of Home recipe I have tried that I didn't care for."

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"Very tasty. I only had 20 oz. ground turkey on hand, so I added 2 beef boullion cubes to it as it browned. And I always season my meat with salt and pepper as it's browning. I also salted my pasta water and potato water (I cooked them in water). We have a kid who needs more salt in her diet - go figure! Anyway, turned out great. Will definitely make again. The pepper that was added at the end seemed right to us."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2012 Edited Jan. 14, 2016

"I love this recipe .My whole family love it I would not change anything .It's a keeper"

Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"it was a very tasty and easy recipie. we like dishes with a little more zing so next time i will add cayenne pepper or for tonight we added a little frank's hot sauce and that did the trick. i also prepared the pasta one the side and next time i will not use pasta at all. the potatoes provide enough carbs. overall a great comfort food dish."

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"I have been cooking for 36 years and have made a lot of hamburger casseroles. This is one of the best I've made. It has all basic stuff but somehow it has such a wonderful blend of flavors. My whole family loved it but no one more than me and I'm not easily impressed!"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Great meal! Tastes just like goulash only better! I think next time I'll add an extra can of tomato sauce and serve with flaky biscuits! Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"We have now been enjoying this recipe for a number of years and it is one of our absolute favorite. The wonderful combination of ingredients make for a very hearty and satisfying meal."

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