Microwave Hamburger and Macaroni Casserole

Feel free to increase the amount of chili powder, according to your tastes.

INGREDIENTS | SERVES 4

  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup uncooked macaroni
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ⅛ cup green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 8-ounce can corn, undrained
  1. Place all the ingredients in a 2-quart glass or otherwise microwave-safe casserole dish. Stir well, making sure the ground beef is broken into small pieces.

  2. Cover and microwave on high for 8 minutes. Uncover and stir well.

  3. Cover and microwave for an additional 7 minutes. Let the casserole rest for 5 minutes, covered. Stir and serve.

Meaty Alternatives

You can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef in this recipe. If you want a lower-fat dish, microwave the ground meat on high until done. Break the meat apart and drain the fat; blot the meat with a paper towel to remove any fat clinging to the meat. Add the other ingredients and make the casserole according to the recipe instructions.

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