As far as I’m concerned, you simply can’t have enough satisfying recipes like this one than can be whipped up in no time and feed 6-8 people. I like to call them one-dish comfort foods. And the best part is they’re afforable and quick! We have these one-dish comfort foods at least once a week. Here’s my Busy Mom’s Budget Dinner Casserole:

Busy Mom’s Dinner Casserole



16 ounces Bow-tie pasta
1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
2 1/2 cups shredded cheese
Salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  •  Heat a large skillet; add the onion, and garlic, and saute until soft. Add the ground beef or turkey and mushrooms and saute until browned.
  • Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper, to taste, and the cumin, and oregano.
  • Add pasta to ground beef mixture. Add 2 cups shredded cheese. Stir until combined.
  • Spread this mixture into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish or a Deep Covered Baker.
  • Top with the remaining cheese and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

Some Favorite Casserole Toppers:

  • Canned French-fried onions
  • Crumbled crackers, such as Ritz or soda crackers
  • Toasted bread crumbs
  • Crumbled potato chips or tortilla chips
  • Nuts, such as sliced almonds or finely chopped pecans (you don’t have to toast these, they’ll toast as they bake.)

How often do you serve one-dish meals? Do you have any favorite casserole toppings?

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