meat and pasta casserole recipe

When we work hard on the farm we look forward to a warm, hearty meal.  Hamburger and rice stuffed shells is a great meal for hungry farmers and growing kids!  We all LOVED this variation of a meat and pasta casserole.  And my husband loved having leftovers to heat and eat for a quick lunch.  This would make a great freezer meal too!

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Meal Idea For Growing Boys

We made this recipe when our son was having some friends over to spend the night.  As an upper elementary aged boy, I have really noticed an uptick in the amount of food he has been eating this year.  His friends are the same way.  So we wanted an easy, economical meal that would fill them up and that they would all enjoy.  This recipe fit that bill perfectly!

I was curious about how mixing hamburger, cooked rice and oatmeal would taste.  As long as you use plenty of sauce it is a great combination.  The stuffed shells really reminded me of the filling for stuffed peppers.  When we make this recipe again we will dice some vegetables and add them to the mixture.

hamburger and rice stuffed shellsStuffed Shells and Cheese

Have I mentioned we do love cheese?  So always feel free to use more cheese.  We don’t think it’s possible to have too much cheese…but maybe that’s because our family milked cows for nearly a century.  When you invest so much in making milk you really like dairy products.  I also like knowing that when we buy cheese at the grocery store, at ANY grocery store we’re very likely supporting a dairy farming family in the United States.  And if you live in the midwest you might be closer than you think to the farmers growing a lot of the food sold in the grocery store!

hamburger stuffed shells

Printable Hamburger and Rice Stuffed Shells Recipe

Hamburger & Rice Stuffed Shells

When we work hard on the farm we look forward to a warm, hearty meal.  Hamburger and rice stuffed shells is a great meal for hungry farmers and growing kids!  We all LOVED this variation of a meat and pasta casserole.  And my husband loved having leftovers to heat and eat for a quick lunch.  This would make a great freezer meal too!

Ingredients

  • 1 box Large shell macaroni
  • 1-3/4 cups cooked rice
  • 1-1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 24 ounces spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cook macaroni until tender.  Drain and cool.  

  2. Beat eggs and combine with oatmeal, rice, salt and pepper.  Add ground beef.  

  3. Stuff shells and place in greased 13x9 inch pan.  Cover pasta in sauce and sprinkle cheese on top.  Bake for 35-45 minutes until hamburger is cooked through.

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