Kids Cook Monday: Hamburger and Tomato Casserole Recipe

Kids Love Pasta Dinner Recipes!

In my house, pasta is an easy, go-to base for any quick family dinner recipe. The kids love it, pasta is easy to make, and leftovers (if there are any) are simple to refrigerate and re-heat.

Hamburger (ground beef) is another popular recipe staple because it is relatively inexpensive and freezes well.

To make this Hamburger and Tomato Casserole Recipe healthier, use organic grass-fed beef, fresh tomatoes and corn, and whole wheat pasta.

My kids love to help make this simple recipe. After I open the cans of corn, tomatoes and olives, they carefully add the ingredients to the pan. My teenage boys can prepare the pasta noodles and brown the beef. In fact, all I have to do is direct the preparation of this meal!

If you are looking for a simple family dinner that is easy to prepare and that the entire family will love, here it is!

Hamburger and Tomato Casserole
Hamburger and Tomato Casserole | Source

Cook Time for Hamburger and Tomato Casserole Recipe

  • Prep time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: 6 Servings

Ingredients for Hamburger and Tomato Casserole

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups pasta noodles, dry
  • 1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz. can yellow corn kernels
  • 1 8 oz. can sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon majorem, ground
  • Grated Parmasen cheese, to taste

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Brown the ground beef firstStir in tomatoes, corn and olives, then add garlic and other seasoningsStir in cooked and drained pasta
Brown the ground beef first
Brown the ground beef first | Source
Stir in tomatoes, corn and olives, then add garlic and other seasonings
Stir in tomatoes, corn and olives, then add garlic and other seasonings | Source
Stir in cooked and drained pasta
Stir in cooked and drained pasta | Source

How to Make Hamburger and Tomato Casserole

  1. Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 8 cups of water, and bring to a rolling boil
  2. Stir in 2 cups dry pasta noodles - we like Penne Pasta for this recipe, but any type of noodles may be used
  3. Cook noodles for 8-10 minutes; remove from stovetop and drain
  4. In an electric fry pan, brown the ground beef, stirring continuously, for 6-8 minutes
  5. Open and drain corn and olives, stir into the beef mixture
  6. Add tomatoes, garlic and other seasonings and stir together
  7. Finally, stir in drained and cooked pasta and combine thoroughly. Serve immediately with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired

Another Hamburger Casserole Recipe

Hamburger and Tomato Casserole Leftovers

If you have leftover Hamburger and Tomato Casserole, it will keep in the fridge for at least 3 days.

Your family might be like mine in that they don't want to be served the exact same dinner two nights in a row. Fortunately, you can "disguise" leftovers in soup or burritos.

With soup, use a chicken or tomato soup base and stir in leftover hamburger and tomato casserole. Stir 5-10 minutes and heat thoroughly.

If you prefer wraps, use whole wheat tortillas and place about 1/4 cup of re-heated leftover hamburger and tomato casserole in the center. Fold, roll up and enjoy!

Tips for Making Hamburger and Tomato Casserole

This recipe is designed to be very easy and convenient. We use canned tomatoes, corn and olives. Of course, you can use fresh and/or frozen ingredients instead. Or add your own homemade canned tomatoes, if desired.

When it comes to canned tomatoes, I like the versions that already have seasoning and other ingredients added in. My favorite for this recipe is canned tomatoes with green chiles. Alternatively, you can just add a 4 oz. can of chopped green chiles to your canned tomatoes.

Lean ground beef, at least 93% low fat, is my choice. Of course, organic beef is the healthiest choice. In addition, 100% whole wheat pasta should be used in place of "white" pasta noodles.

Dried herbs are a convenient choice, but we love using fresh herbs grown in our garden, when possible.

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© 2012 Stephanie Hicks

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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

Another great addition to your 'kids cook Monday' recipes. If there's left overs and your wanting to add something to give something different, try adding one or two small chillies to give it a kick or a tin of sweetcorn either will make it a great meal the following day. Voted up, great pictures.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Brian! I love chilies and they would make a great addition to this recipe. Sweet corn too! Cheers, Steph


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This recipe looks like something my husband would really like. I am going to try it. The picture looks great. Voted up and useful.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Pamela! It is a great dinner that will please just about any taste. Hope your husband likes it! Best, Steph


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing another easy-to-make recipe. Your kids are so well-trained, they'll have no problem when they go off to college. Voted up.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

I LOVE disguising leftovers and getting 2 days of meals out of them. You're a very smart mom. :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Anginwu- let's hope so! At least they'll be better in the kitchen than when it comes to laundry! LOL - Cheers, Steph


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Sinea - I'll take "smart mom" any day. :-)


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This reminds me a dish my mom would make on certain winter nights. It was always devoured in little time. I like your suggestions for leftovers on this dish as well. Thanks for the recipe idea.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi teaches - thanks! My mom made something similar to this. I could not remember the recipe, so made this one up using ingredients I remembered. Everyone loves this casserole! Best, Steph


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Steph. Any meal with hamburger AND pasta is my cup of tea ... er, I mean, my kind of meal. Thanks for this easy-to-make recipe. Also my cup of tea ... you know what I mean. :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Glad to hear this recipe is your cup of tea! That sounds really great right about now. :-)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I make something very similar to this dish called hamburger goulash. I add chopped green peppers and celery to the dish. I've never thought of using black olives and will have to try your recipe.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Susan - I love peppers (green, yellow, red), and celery is a healthy addition, as well. Hope you like it with the olives! Green olives would be a good swap too, for black olives. Take care, Steph


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

MMMMM I love this food.. when my boys were young this was one of their favorite meals. thanks for reminding me of this.. It has been years maybe I will make it this weekend.

Great hub

Debbie


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Debbie - Its always nice to be reminded about comfort food recipes like this one. Best to you, Steph


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Hi Steph, yes, when my son and daughter were young, and even now, they loved this type of casserole. It is satisfying to them, and easy to make, which makes it even better! My family loves pasta. Thanks for sharing.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Faith Reaper - classic family recipes like this one are usually the best loved. Have a wonderful Sunday. All the best, Steph


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yummy! Looks good. Will have to try this one. Many votes, Steph!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Victoria! Hope you like the recipe! Best, Steph


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Love that your kids are learning to cook--so important for them to know that they can make healthy meals.

I hope it's okay for grown-ups to make this recipe because I'm gonna. :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL RTalloni - please go ahead and make the recipe, even if you are not a kid! :) Cheers, Steph

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