With a title that contains beef, casserole and fried onions, I'm sure you can imagine how delectably comforting today's featured recipe is.  To be honest, there isn't much more than I can say about this dish other than, you've got to try this creamy, crunchy and hearty casserole delight. 

Note, while I've scaled the recipe down for two, this casserole does freeze well, so you can easily double, freeze and enjoy the leftovers at a later date. 

Beef Casserole Topped with Crispy Fried Onions 
Total Time: 55 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes

What you'll need
For the Casserole
1 cup uncooked medium sized shell pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 can (8 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1 (4 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 can cream of onion or cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 - 2 cups of French's French Fried Onions

For the side dish: Roasted Cauliflower
1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions. 
3. Use an oven safe skillet or grease a small casserole dish.
4. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet; saute onion and bell pepper until softened, about 5 minutes. 
5. Add garlic and cook another minute.  Stir in ground beef; cook, breaking up the meat, until browned. Drain off any excess fat if needed.  Add the cajun seasoning and mix well.  
6. Using a pair of kitchen shears, chop the stewed tomatoes (or you can used diced tomatoes if preferred) in the can and add to the skillet along with the tomato sauce; bring to a boil, reduce and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until reduced and thickened. 
7. Stir in the soup and pasta until well blended.
For the side dish
1. Place cauliflower in a plastic bag with olive oil, salt and pepper.  
2. Make sure bag is securely sealed.  Shake until cauliflower is evenly coated in oil and seasonings. 
3. Spread cauliflower onto a baking sheet
4. Bake cauliflower and casserole (covered) for 30 minutes.  
5. Remove and scatter French fried onions over the top of the casserole and return to the oven (uncovered) for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
6. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Deep South Dish

03/06/2012 13:28

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03/06/2012 15:56

Thanks!! It really is delicious. I'm off to check out your blog now. Thanks for stopping by :)

12/04/2012 16:39

Are you supposed to bake it? It says to preheat the oven, but I don't see where you bake it or for how long. Thanks!

12/04/2012 16:41

I just saw where it tells you right after I posted! My husband and I have tried many of your recipes and love them all. Can't wait to try this one tonight

12/04/2012 19:34

No problem Kelsie! It is a little tricky to find since I mixed in with the side dish. I'll correct that. So glad you guys are enjoying the recipes :)

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