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Homemade Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Casserole

So, who doesn't love a quick pasta meal? From a box is extremely quick, but this recipe doesn't take that much more effort and is infinitely tastier, which you and your family will appreciate.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Savory With Soul

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (if ground beef is extra lean)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tsp dry marjoram
  • 1 tsp dry basil
  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 14,5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 16 ounces uncooked rotini or macaroni
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions

  • Preheat heavy saucepan or Dutch oven on medium.  If ground beef is extra lean (85% or higher), add oil.  
  • Add ground beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic, oregano, thyme, marjoram, basil, and paprika.  Cook for 10 minutes or until ground beef is browned and veggies are softened.  
  • Add carrots and cover.  Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and cover.  Cook 20 minutes.
  • Uncover and turn heat down to low.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.  I used rotini, but you could also use macaroni or any short pasta of your choice.
  • When pasta is done, drain and add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and milk.  Cover until cheese is melted, stirring periodically (should take about 10 minutes total).
  • Add pasta mixture to meat mixture and stir until incorporated.  Serve right away with your favorite bread and salad.