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Hamburger Casserole For One

This mini hamburger casserole is baked with seasoned ground beef, pasta, and cheese. It's comfort food at its finest, easy to make, and full of flavor.

ground beef casserole in a dish with a fork filled the the pasta on the side.

There are a few dishes that I like to keep on my rotating dinner menu and this easy hamburger casserole is one of them. It's creamy, extra cheese, hearty, and absolutely delicious!

Hamburger casserole just might become your new favorite ground beef recipe and with only 15 minutes of hands-on time, it isn't labor intensive. This ground beef casserole bakes in 20 minutes so it's a wonderful meal for a busy weeknight. Serve yours with a simple green salad for a dinner that will surely satisfy.

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Why This Recipe Works

  • Hamburger casserole is made with a few simple ingredients, many of which may already be in your pantry or fridge.
  • There are no complicated steps involved; just cook the pasta, brown the ground beef, mix in the remaining ingredients and bake.
  • This recipe yields the perfect amount for one or two people.

Ingredients

the ingredients needed to make a hamburger casserole on a brown cutting board.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Pasta: Use your favorite type of pasta in this hamburger casserole. I used 2-ounces of uncooked penne pasta which is about 2/3 cup.
  • Olive oil:  I use extra virgin olive oil in this hamburger casserole recipe as well as in every other recipe on One Dish Kitchen that calls for olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is the least processed form of olive oil. It is an unrefined oil and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra virgin olive oil is made, it retains more true olive taste. It also contains more of the vitamins and minerals found in olives. It's my favorite type of olive oil to use but you may use a lighter olive oil instead.
  • Ground beef: I love using ground beef but you can use ground turkey, ground pork, or ground chicken instead.
  • Vegetables: Chopped onions and garlic add lots of flavor.
  • Seasonings: We recommend using Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
  • Tomato sauce: Use your favorite jarred brand of tomato or marinara sauce, or make a small batch of homemade tomato sauce instead.
  • Sour cream: This makes the casserole extra creamy.
  • Cheese: We use shredded Cheddar cheese but you could use Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or Smoked Gouda instead.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized skillet, cook the ground beef along with the onions, garlic and seasonings over medium-high heat. Drain and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Stir in the sour cream, cheese, pasta, and sauce.
  4. Pour into a small lightly greased baking dish, top with a little extra cheese and bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes until the cheese has melted.
four photos showing the steps involved in making a hamburger casserole.

Expert Tips

  • I typically use 90% lean ground beef for this dish. This means that the ground beef has a 10% fat content. It is still flavorful but without a lot of grease. If you use beef with a higher fat content, be sure to drain the cooked beef on a paper towel-lined plate before adding it to the bowl.
  • I recommend shredding your own cheese for this recipe. Pre-grated or pre-shredded cheese often contains preservatives meant to keep the shreds from clumping together in the bag. This means the cheese won't melt as well when cooking.
  • You can substitute the penne with any pasta you have on hand.
A single serving hamburger casserole in a blue baking dish next to a glass of red wine.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this hamburger casserole recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Serve With Hamburger Casserole?

I love to enjoy a simple side salad with this dish along with a slice of homemade French bread.

How To Store A Casserole With Ground Beef?

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze a hamburger casserole by placing it in an airtight container and keeping it in your freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw the casserole in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in a 350F oven or microwave until hot.

What Size Dish Do You Use With This Recipe?

In the photos shown, we are using a 6.5 x 4.9 x 1.8-inch baking dish. This recipe also works in a 5-inch baking dish which has an area of 25 square inches. For best results, use a dish of similar size. All of these dishes can be found on our Bakeware page.
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a single serving of hamburger casserole on a silver tray next to a blue and white napkin.

Hamburger Casserole For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Keywords: ground beef, ground beef casserole, hamburger, hamburger casserole
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 742kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces uncooked penne pasta (2/3 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces ground beef
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons shredded sharp cheddar cheese , for topping

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  • Heat oven to 350° F (177° C).
  • In a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil 30 seconds. Add ground beef, onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook, breaking the ground beef up with a spoon or spatula until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
    Drain and transfer ground beef and vegetables to a medium-sized bowl.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, sour cream, cooked pasta, and 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Pour into a baking dish lightly greased with butter or oil. Top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • I typically use 90% lean ground beef for this dish. This means that the ground beef has 10% fat content. It is still flavorful but without a lot of grease. If you use beef with a higher fat content, be sure to drain the cooked beef on a paper towel-lined plate before adding it to the bowl.
  • I recommend shredding your own cheese for this recipe. Pre-grated or pre-shredded cheese often contains preservatives meant to keep the shreds from clumping together in the bag. This means the cheese won't melt as well when cooking.
  • You can substitute the penne with any pasta you have on hand.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 742kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1115mg | Potassium: 993mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1455IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 497mg | Iron: 4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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2 thoughts on “Hamburger Casserole For One”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is very good! The sour cream gives it a nice creamy flavor. I used mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar but I am sure just about any combination of cheese would work well. 👍

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