Ok this is another favorite of mine that I whipped up one day and keep making it again and again. Bacon Cheese Burger Casserole. Now doesn’t that just shout all kinds of deliciousness to you? A great combination of  bacon, onions, ground beef, tomato sauce, macaroni and cheese, oh and the cheese is layered into it and then topping it also. This is by no means a heart healthy meal, but I’m a skinny guy and pretty active so I don’t worry.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Strips bacon
  • 1lb Ground beef
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Cloves garlic
  • 3 Cups macaroni
  • 2 Cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 Jar spaghetti sauce
  • Large Skillet
  • Large Pot

Directions:

  1. Saute your onions in some olive oil with some salt at a low heat in a skillet.
  2. Chop up your garlic and Bacon and add them to your skillet, keep all of this cooking low and slow, you will be rendering the bacon as you may have figured out.
  3. After the bacon has been rendered add your ground beef. Break it up and turn the heat up a little to get it cooking. Not too much heat, let it cook slow.
  4. After the ground beef is cooked add you jar of spaghetti sauce and mix it in.
  5. Now cook up 3 Cups of macaroni noodles. Let the sauce and meat simmer and or cook low.
  6. After the noodles are done drain the water off and put noodles back into the pot you used, then mix in the entire contents of the skillet.
  7. After mixing them add a layer an inch or so thick into your baking dish, then add a layer of your cheese. Repeat this for how ever many layers you want. I did two layers.
  8. Place in oven at 350F to assist the cheese melting into the layers, I think I put mine in for 10 minutes. Remove from over and you are ready to eat!

Mine came out with a sweetness from caramelized onions and the honey cure on the bacon. The tomato sauce gave its normal acidic kick, the cheddar gave a nice sharpness to each cheesy bite and the beef and bacon just increase the amount of great flavors. This recipe as it is could feed 6-8 adults for a meal. Not huge portions, but plenty hearty. The first time I made this I was broke as could be and was actually costing out each meal I would eat. Sans the bacon and cheddar I was able to make this casserole for $4.45 , which made 6 Servings that cost only $0.74 each! Great poor-mans food that will keep in the fridge for days, well that’s if you don’t eat it all right away!

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