Busy Mom’s Budget Dinner Casserole

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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Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family mealtimes back to the table and stay healthy.

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