Macaroni Hamburger Casserole

Macaroni Hamburger Casserole

If you’re looking for that really simple and inexpensive meal, you’ve come to the right recipe. This macaroni hamburger cassrole, also known as American chop suey, is definitely a comfort food in the winter, but it’s also good for a large family. It is inexpensive and simple! This meal serves 8-10 to this is great for larger families and guests.

Get warm and cozy with your family over this yummy macaroni hamburger casserole. Get the family dinners and conversation rolling again. 

We just got a kitchen table in our apartment. It took 2 months, but eh! We got it. We used it for like a day, but now we’re back on the couch except for when I make soup. Soup is a little more cumbersome to eat on a couch. We just got used to that, but I’d like to get back to kitchen table eating. Before we moved, we’d sit at the kitchen island at my SO’s old place, and we’d talk and eat and laugh. We still do that now, but I like the more formal sitting at the table type setting. This particular recipe just reminded me of the more traditional table sitting.

Thanks to Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic for this awesome recipe!


  • 1 and ½ pounds of macaroni noodles
  • 2 tablespoons oil, canola or vegetable
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans of san marzano tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sweet basil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup reserved pasta water
  • 1 and ¼ pounds of mozzarella cheese, cut into large chunks or rounds
  • Parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Fill a stock pot with water. Place on stove. Bring to a boil. Add salt to the water. You will be using this to boil the noodles but don’t do that till your sauce is simmering.
  3. In the meantime place a large dutch oven on the stove top. Add oil, onions and shallots to the dutch oven, turn on medium heat, cook until onions start to soften.
  4. Add ground beef to the dutch oven and cook until it’s browned and juices run clear.
  5. Pop the tomatoes to a blender and give it a whir until it’s smooth. Transfer that to the dutch oven. Add the Worcestershire sauce. Stir.
  6. Add spices to the dutch oven and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. At this time you want to add your macaroni noodles to the pot with water. Cook until al dente, about 1 minute less than the package tells you to cook them.
  8. Please do not rinse your noodles, reserve ½ cup of the pasta water, set that aside for when you need it. You can now drain your noodles, but do not rinse them.
  9. Add the cooked macaroni noodles, pasta water and parmesan cheese to the dutch oven. Mix really well.
  10. Now you can cook the casserole in your dutch oven in the oven, but I transfer mine to two casserole dishes. Spread out with a spoon.
  11. Press about ½ the mozzarella cheese into the casserole so it sinks in a bit. Then top with the other half.
  12. Pop your casserole in the preheated 375 degree F oven, cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on how you like your cheese. We like ours when it is golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven and eat right away.
  14. Serve with a big old casserole loving smile!

Check out the original source for this recipe with step-by-step photographs and helpful tips as well as many other delicious recipes at: Cravings of a Lunatic.

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