Classic Ground Beef Casserole

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Ground beef casserole is a comforting dish that has been a staple in home kitchens for generations. Its hearty and satisfying combination of ground beef, vegetables, and a creamy and cheesy base makes it a versatile and convenient meal option for busy families.
The concept of combining ground beef with other ingredients in a casserole dish has been around for centuries, but the modern version of ground beef casserole as we know it today has its roots in American home cooking. The dish gained popularity during the mid-20th century as a way to create a satisfying and economical meal using readily available ingredients.
 This dish offers a way to stretch a small amount of ground beef to feed a family, and its adaptability allows home cooks to incorporate a wide variety of ingredients based on personal preferences and what is on hand. To prepare this dish you will need;
Ingredients:
– 1 pound ground beef
– 1 small onion chopped
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder

– 1/2 tsp onion powder

– 1 tsp paprika

– 3 tbsp cream cheese

– 1⁄4 cup heavy cream

– 1 tbsp ketchup

– 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1.5 lbs of fresh or frozen green beans
– 1⁄2 cup shredded cheddar
– 1⁄2 cup shredded mozzarella
– Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook the ground beef breaking the meat into small
pieces. Add onions and continue cooking until no longer pink.
3. Reduce heat to low then add salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, ketchup, and salt.
Stir well.
4. Add cream cheese then cook for about 2 minutes. Add heavy cream and stir until well
incorporated.
5. Add the green beans and mix well to combine
6. Transfer to the casserole dish and top with the grated cheese.
7. Bake for 10 minutes until brown and bubbly
8. Enjoy!

Classic Ground Beef Casserole

A comforting, hearty and satisfying combination of ground beef, vegetables, and a creamy and cheesy dish suitable for busy families.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 587 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 lbs green beans fresh or frozen
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook the ground beef breaking the meat into small pieces. Add onions and cook until no longer pink.
  • Reduce heat to low then add salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, ketchup, and salt. Stir well.
  • Add cream cheese then cook for about 2 minutes. Add heavy cream and stir until well incorporated.
  • Add the green beans and mix well to combine
  • Transfer to the casserole dish and top with the grated cheese.
  • Bake for 10 minutes until brown and bubbly
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Please note that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 587kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 31gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 408mgPotassium: 807mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2076IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 296mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Casserole, Creamy, Green Beans, Ground Beef
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Tips & Variations
– For a lighter take on ground beef casserole, consider using lean ground beef, whole milk or half & half instead of heavy cream.
– Use frozen beans instead of fresh. To do this boil water and add the green beans to the hot water and leave for 1 minute then drain. Continue as per the recipe
– You can use fresh garlic instead of powder.
– Experiment with adding additional seasonings and flavourings to the ground beef mixture, such as Italian seasoning, or smoked paprika, to create a more dynamic flavour profile.
-Experiment with different types of cheese to add richness and depth to the casserole. Pepper jack or feta can bring new and exciting flavours to the dish.
Ground beef casserole holds a special place in the hearts and kitchens of many, offering a comforting, easy and customizable option for family meals. This versatile dish continues to bring warmth and satisfaction to those who enjoy it. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a novice in the kitchen, this classic dish will surely become a new family favourite. So go ahead, give it a try, and enjoy the warm, comforting taste.
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