Dinner Tonight: Crunchy Beef and Mac

I saw this recipe in my Weeknight Dinners Cookbook and knew it would be love at first bite.  On a cold, busy night, the best thing for supper is always a yummy and easy casserole.  This plus a salad and dinner is done.
And don’t forget, this is a One Pound Meal
…this means you can substitute the ground beef for ground chicken or ground turkey.  Any time you see a recipe labeled One Pound, that’s what it means!
Shopping List
2 cups of a short-cut pasta (like penne or elbow)
1 pound of ground beef
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (6 oz) can French Fried Onions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente.  Drain and set aside.
  Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown your ground beef until cooked and crumbly.  Combine your pasta with your beef and the next 4 ingredients.  Pour mixture into a greased (I used Pam) 8×8 baking dish.  
(At this point, you could cover and keep this casserole in the fridge for up to 3 days and then bake it off on a busy night.  You could also freeze this casserole for up to 3 months.)
Cover and bake for 25 minutes.  Uncover and top with onions then bake another 5 minutes longer.
This hearty casserole will feed 4 hungry adults.  Thank you to my fabulous Weeknight Dinner Cookbook.  This is the kind of meal that I’ll make over and over again.
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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} October 30, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I love these 1 pound meals! And I love a little crunchy something in everything!!!!

  • Allison October 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I've made a version of this before as a freezer meal, so good!

  • Anonymous October 30, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Sounds delish!

    Kathy Lang

  • JBA October 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    What is the green? Should there be peppers added?

  • Mix and Match Mama October 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Yes! You caught my mistake! I went back and added a pepper to the recipe! Thank you!

  • Martha October 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Well shoot – I was thinking I had all the ingredients and I am short one green bell pepper. Think it would still be good without?

  • Mix and Match Mama October 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    It would totally be great without the bell pepper!

  • Tab & Erika October 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    You should make this again (and invite me over)!!

  • Olivia October 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Yum! I love those french fried onions on everything but only eat them on a green bean casserole at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Will try soon!

  • Emily October 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I just got out all of the ingredients to make this tonight for my parents. So excited! And I agree with Sheaffer – crunch is always a plus!

  • Martha October 31, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Turned out just fine without the bell pepper – and it was even better as leftovers at lunch just now šŸ™‚

  • Mickie Pho November 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I am going to be lazy and get a can of Rotel instead of chopping a bell pepper.

  • Bama Girl in AZ November 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    This was our yummy Halloween meal! thanks for much for sharing!

  • Alice November 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I made this for dinner last night and it was a huge hit!!! We love French Fried Onions. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Amy H November 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    This was fantastic! It was so tasty! My family loved it so much that they went back for 2nds! Keep providing casseroles like these! šŸ™‚

  • OurDreamHouseDIY August 11, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Made this tonight and it was FABULOUS!!! Sooooo glad I found it.