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My kids' favorite Hamburger Noodle Casserole

Baked Pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Baked, ground beef, Kid Friendly, Pasta, Tomato Sauce
Servings 8 servings
Author Tera Bare


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 –2 tablespoons finely diced onions
  • 1 garlic clove finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 – 1/2 cups Colby Jack Cheese
  • 2 15 oz. size cans tomato sauce
  • 1 box of your favorite pasta


  1. In a large pot of boiling and very salted water, add the pasta and cook till tender. Drain.
  2. Brown ground beef with onion and garlic.  When the onion is translucent add about a teaspoon of salt and the 1/2 tablespoons of Italian Seasoning and pepper.  Cook till hamburger is done and the onions are tender.  I cook the onions till they fall apart so they disappear into the sauce.
  3. Drain hamburger and add back to the pot or skillet.  Pour in the tomato sauce and brown sugar and the other 1/2 tablespoon of Italian seasoning.  Heat through and taste.  Adjust the seasonings to your taste.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with Pam and pour in your drained pasta and the sauce.  Mix thoroughly and top with cheese.  Bake at 450 degrees till cheese is melted.

Recipe Notes

Variations:  Change the seasonings or the cheese!  Use Italian seasoning with mozzarella cheese.  Taco seasonings with Colby, Monterrey Jack or Cheddar.  Try using Italian sausage instead of ground beef.  You could even use diced tomatoes or add sneak in some veggies.