Cheesy Hamburger Rice Casserole

Introduction

Cheesy Hamburger Rice Casserole is a comforting and satisfying dish that has become a staple in many households. Originating from the fusion of American and European culinary traditions, this casserole brings together the heartiness of ground beef, the creaminess of cheese, and the versatility of rice for a delicious one-dish meal.

Background and History

The roots of casserole dishes trace back to traditional European cuisine, where various ingredients were layered and baked to create hearty, family-friendly meals. The incorporation of ground beef and cheese into these casseroles became popular in mid-20th century America, reflecting a blend of comfort and convenience in home cooking.

Serves

6-8 servings

Time

Preparation: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

Ground Beef (1 lb)

Choose lean ground beef for a healthier option.

White Rice (1 cup, uncooked)

Long-grain rice works well for a fluffy texture.

Onion (1 medium, finely chopped)

Adds savory depth to the dish.

Cheddar Cheese (2 cups, shredded)

Sharp cheddar brings a rich and cheesy flavor.

Cream of Mushroom Soup (1 can – 10.5 oz)

Provides a creamy base for the casserole.

Beef Broth (1 cup)

Enhances the overall savory taste.

Worcestershire Sauce (1 tbsp)

Adds a hint of umami and depth.

Salt and Pepper to taste

Adjust according to your preference.

Instructions

Preheat Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Cook Ground Beef

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until browned. Drain excess fat if necessary.

Prepare Rice

Cook the rice according to package instructions.

Mix Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked ground beef, cooked rice, chopped onion, shredded cheddar cheese, cream of mushroom soup, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

Transfer to Casserole Dish

Grease a casserole dish and transfer the mixture into it, spreading it evenly.

Bake

Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the casserole is hot and bubbly, and the cheese is melted and golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy

Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy this comforting dish straight from the oven.

Nutrition Facts

(Per serving – based on 6 servings)

Calories: 450

Total Fat: 25g

Cholesterol: 80mg

Sodium: 850mg

Total Carbohydrates: 30g

Protein: 25g

Notes

Customize with your favorite cheese blend or add vegetables like peas or broccoli for extra nutrition.

This casserole can be made ahead and refrigerated. Simply bake when ready to serve.

Allergy Warning

Contains dairy (cheese) and wheat (cream of mushroom soup). Adjust ingredients accordingly for dietary restrictions.

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