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Hired Hand Macaroni Casserole - Flashback Friday

For Flash Back Friday, I'm bringing back a favourite casserole.
Harv's Mom always made it for supper when Dad hired a local man to help him.
For the full story you can go back and read my original post.
I made it recently for my brother in law and it brought back warm memories.

  • 3 cups macaroni
  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 7.5 ounce tin tomato sauce
  • 1 10.75 ounce tin tomato soup - undiluted
  • 1/2 cup ketchup or bottled chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups (or more) grated cheese - cheddar and/or mozzarella
  1. Cook macaroni in salted boiling water. drain.
  2. While macaroni is cooking,brown hamburger in a fry pan, draining excess fat and place in large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside
  3. Add onions and peppers to the pan and sautè until wilted. add to hamburger in bowl.
  4. Add cooked macaroni, soup, sauce and ketchup, basil and oregano and mix well with hamburger and vegetables.
  5. Spoon into large casserole dish or two smaller ones.
  6. Top with grated cheese (be generous)
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1/2 and hour or until casserole bubbles.
  8. Serve with a green salad.
Note: If you like, you can make this in 2 casseroles, eat one now and freeze the other for a night when you don't have time to cook.


  1. So in US measure, the tin of tomato sauce is 8 oz? And just a regular can of soup, I'm assuming. Sounds a lot like goulash..yummy! Thank you.

  2. Yes, that's right. I'm sure a lot of people make a version of this - it is one of those yummy comfort foods. Perfect for the cool weather we are having here today.

  3. If my 'hired hands' ever return, this is what they'll get. In the meantime, think I'll fix it for

  4. Macaroni casseroles are always good! This looks so delicious and hearty. My mom often made a similar one too and baked it in the very same glass dish as you did!


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