Cheeseburger Casserole


This cheeseburger casserole recipe is easy to make — the pasta needs no boiling!

close up view of Cheeseburger Casserole with tomatoes and onions in a white baking dish
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
1 2-quart casserole


  • cooking spray

  • ½ pound ground beef

  • 2 medium onions, chopped

  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with herbs, undrained

  • ½ cup water, or as needed (Optional)

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni

  • 1 cup frozen corn

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and onions in the hot pan until beef is browned and crumbly and onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain off fat.

  3. Drain liquid from canned tomatoes into a 4-cup liquid measure; add water if needed, to make 2 1/2 cups liquid. Add juice, tomatoes, macaroni, corn, bell pepper, garlic, soy sauce, chili powder, Italian seasoning, and pepper to the beef mixture; bring to a boil.

  4. Pour 1/2 of the beef mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle 1 cup cheese over top. Repeat beef and cheese layers once more. Cover the dish and place it onto a cookie sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, about 15 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.


You can use taco seasoning instead of chili powder, small shells instead of elbow macaroni, and an Italian cheese blend instead of Mexican.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
20g Fat
44g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 744mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 32mg 158%
Calcium 363mg 28%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 541mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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