Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cheesy Beef Casserole

While wildly unhealthy - this extremely simple casserole is also painfully delicious and extremely easy to make.  The original that it was based on referred to it as the Husband Casserole or Mansserole because it was "so easy a man could do it".  Because I think that's a bunch of sexist bullshit - I opted for calling my altered recipe the Cheesy Beef Casserole.

Cheesy Beef Casserole

500g beef mince (or about 1lb)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 brown onion, diced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
800ml tomato puree
1 carton cream cheese
1 carton (about 300ml) sour cream
2 cups grated tasty cheese
500g pasta
olive oil

Preheat your oven to 175C (350F).  Heat a bit of olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium/high heat.

Add garlic and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until tender and browned.

Add beef mince and cook until browned. Drain off the excess oil (unless you're into that sort of thing).

Add salt, pepper and tomato puree to to the beef.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until excess liquid has boiled off.  Meanwhile, cook and drain your pasta of choice.

Mix the sour cream and the cream cheese together in a small bowl.  It's far easier to do this if you nuke the cream cheese in 15 second intervals until soft.

Layer the noodles, sour cream mixture and meat mixture twice along the bottom of the pan.  Sprinkle with shredded tasty cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Makes 6-8 servings

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