Cheesy BBQ Beef Casserole is going to become an instant family favorite. This hearty and comforting dish is cheesy, loaded with BBQ ground beef, and tender pasta. Baked to perfection and great for feeding a crowd! Easy, affordable, and mouthwatering good.
Cheesy Barbecue Beef Casserole is what I would call “comfort food”. It’s hearty, satisfying and delicious. It’s also very easy to make. All you need is ground beef, cheese, barbecue sauce, onions, and pasta. For any mom who is limited on time they can spend in the kitchen, this BBQ beef casserole recipe is calling your name.
If you say the word casserole I jump right on it! Nothing I love more than a hearty and savory casserole that can be made in no time. I love the easy prep of this cheesy beef casserole. Once it goes into the oven to bake you can kick your feet up and relax, help kids with homework, or do whatever else is calling your name.
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What to serve with this recipe
This BBQ beef casserole is hearty enough that it doesn’t have to have a side to go along with it. But, if you want to add some more elements to dinner, here are a few of our favorite dishes to pair next to it.
- Dinner rolls (great for soaking up the sauce)
- Steamed or Roasted Vegetables
What is the best barbecue sauce
To be honest, use whatever brand of barbecue sauce you enjoy the most. I find that the barbecue will be a huge part of the flavor so you want it to be a brand that is quality and you enjoy the taste of it. I really like Kansas City style barbecue sauces but truly any brand you prefer or is on sale try.
How long will this recipe last in the fridge
You can keep your leftovers of the Cheesy BBQ Beef Casserole in the fridge for up to 3 days. Anything after that you will want to toss it out, as it can begin to go bad.
Best way to reheat
I love to warm up the leftovers on the stove. Just toss what you are wanting to eat in the pan and warm it up on low. If the mixture seems a little dry either add in some extra bbq sauce or even a splash of milk. This will return it to a nice and creamy consistency.
If you want to warm it up in the oven, then wrap in aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out during the warming up process. Then just heat until warmed through.
How To Make
For this easy casserole, you want to start out by browning your ground beef with the diced onions. While the beef is cooking work on cooking your pasta. Just follow the instructions on the back of the box.
Pour your cooked pasta into the pan with cooked beef and onion, and then toss in bbq sauce, and cheeses (reserve 1 cup for topping). Mix it all together until nice and blended.
Pour into a 9×13 casserole dish and top with the leftover cheese.
Toss in the oven and let it back for around 30 minutes. You will want the cheese on top to be lightly golden brown. Allow cooling for a little bit before serving.
Can I substitute a different type of pasta
Yes! Elbow, shells, or whatever type of pasta you have on hand will work. I have not tried it with spaghetti style noodles but I have used a variety of other shorter pasta in the past. I just used what I had in my pantry, so feel free to swap it out. Just aim to use the same amount of pasta that is directed in the recipe card.
If you are a fan of the ingredients then give this dish a try. I know for our home we love pasta, so it is always welcome to greet our family at the dinner table. This recipe is a tried and true and I have been making it for years now. There is something about bbq, ground beef, and pasta that just works really well together.
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Have you tried a Cheesy BBQ Beef Casserole before?
- 3 cups of uncooked pasta
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- Chopped parsley, for garnish, if desired.
- Heat oven to 350F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot.
- In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add beef mixture, barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of cheddar cheese to the pasta and stir to combine. Spoon into a 9x13 casserole dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
- Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until hot in the centre. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.
I've made this recipe with fusilli and rotini pasta.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 771mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 33g