Easy Hamburger Lasagna Casserole

Updated on May 1, 2018
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, blogger at Healthy at Home, and educator. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Easy Hamburger Lasagna Casserole
Easy Hamburger Lasagna Casserole
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So my parents are in town visiting this week. I think we've spent everyday out driving, sightseeing, and visiting the local attractions. It's been downright exhausting. I've wanted to come home every afternoon and just go to sleep. In fact, I think I did just that one day.

The last thing I want to do after being out with two small children and my parents is to plan out a meal and cook. My bed has been calling way too early every night. Even if I was so inclined, it would be 7pm by the time I got something reasonable on the table for everyone after getting home at the end of every day.

With my kids bedtime being 6:30pm right now, that just doesn't work and none of our systems can handle eating out every night. But tonight I had a solution, and all it took was boiling some pasta really. I then literally just tossed in a couple other yummy ingredients and popped it in the oven. Dinner in 30 minutes!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 9 (1 cup) servings

Ingredients

  • 8oz Any kind of pasta
  • 2.5 cups Pasta sauce
  • 1lb Hamburger
  • 1.5 cups Ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Basil
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley

Instructions

  1. Start a medium pot of water boiling on the stove and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. When water is boiling, add 8oz of pasta. I choose penne.
  3. Cook until tender, approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta in sink and set aside.
  5. In the meantime, grease a square casserole dish.
  6. Spread 1/2 cup pasta sauce in the bottom.
  7. Top with half of your pasta. Spread evenly in the dish.
  8. Spread pasta with 1 cup of sauce.
  9. Top with one half of your hamburger.
  10. On the side, mix the ricotta in a bowl with the egg and spices.
  11. Spread one half of ricotta mixture evenly over the top of your hamburger.
  12. Finally, spread 1 cup of mozzarella on top. Then repeat.
  13. Spread the rest of your pasta over the top.
  14. Top with rest of pasta sauce.
  15. Top with rest of your ricotta mixture.
  16. And finish with your last cup of mozzarella cheese.
  17. Honestly, you could add one more layer of pasta, then sauce then mozzarella if desired. I just ran out of room in my dish.
  18. Pop in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  19. Serve hot.
Step One: Boil your chosen noodles
Step One: Boil your chosen noodles
Step Two: While waiting, grease your casserole dish.
Step Two: While waiting, grease your casserole dish.
Step Three: Spread about 1/2 cup of sauce into the bottom of the pan.
Step Three: Spread about 1/2 cup of sauce into the bottom of the pan.
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Step Four: Drain your past and add a layer to the bottom of your dish.Step Five: Top with a cup of pasta sauce.Step Six: Top with half of your hamburger.Step Seven: Mix the ricotta cheese, the egg, and all of the spices in a small bowl.Step Eight: Spread half of the ricotta mixture onto the top of the dish.Step Nine: Spread half of your mozzarella on top.Step Ten: Repeat the process with your remaining pasta, sauce, and hamburger.Step Eleven: Add the rest of your ricotta.Step Twelve: Top with the rest of your cheese and put in the oven.Step Thirteen: Bake for 30 minutes.Enjoy!
Step Four: Drain your past and add a layer to the bottom of your dish.
Step Four: Drain your past and add a layer to the bottom of your dish.
Step Five: Top with a cup of pasta sauce.
Step Five: Top with a cup of pasta sauce.
Step Six: Top with half of your hamburger.
Step Six: Top with half of your hamburger.
Step Seven: Mix the ricotta cheese, the egg, and all of the spices in a small bowl.
Step Seven: Mix the ricotta cheese, the egg, and all of the spices in a small bowl.
Step Eight: Spread half of the ricotta mixture onto the top of the dish.
Step Eight: Spread half of the ricotta mixture onto the top of the dish.
Step Nine: Spread half of your mozzarella on top.
Step Nine: Spread half of your mozzarella on top.
Step Ten: Repeat the process with your remaining pasta, sauce, and hamburger.
Step Ten: Repeat the process with your remaining pasta, sauce, and hamburger.
Step Eleven: Add the rest of your ricotta.
Step Eleven: Add the rest of your ricotta.
Step Twelve: Top with the rest of your cheese and put in the oven.
Step Twelve: Top with the rest of your cheese and put in the oven.
Step Thirteen: Bake for 30 minutes.
Step Thirteen: Bake for 30 minutes.
Enjoy!
Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 486
Calories from Fat252
% Daily Value *
Fat 28 g43%
Carbohydrates 24 g8%
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 32 g64%
Cholesterol 89 mg30%
Sodium 400 mg17%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Easy Hamburger Lasagna Casserole
Easy Hamburger Lasagna Casserole

You know what you do when you don't have all of the ingredients you need for a dish, or worse yet, you're tight on time and need something fast? You improvise. And that's what this dish is all about. You make do with what you have and voila! Dinner!

My husband was craving lasagna and it just so happened that I had a half of a container of ricotta in the fridge, but no lasagna noodles. So I cooked up some pasta I did have, layered in some pasta sauce, hamburger and cheese with it and there you go. "Lasagna" in the oven. And boy was it yummy!

Notice that I served it with corn on the cob. We had corn and the dish needed a veggie. Corn on the cob goes with everything right? Well it did tonight. When you're desperate, you serve what you have. No one complained, but instead I actually got kudos for the yummy corn and my creativity. That's what I call a success. Dinner doesn't have to be complicated.

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