Beef and Cheddar Macaroni Casserole

This is a casserole that I used to make a lot when my kids were little because it was a dish that everyone liked and would eat.  I don’t make it a lot anymore but my friend Lori requested it when I offered to make them dinner tonight.  She has little and big kids at home still so it’s something they all can agree on too!  Can’t remember where I got this recipe from, I’ve had it for a long time.  The original recipe didn’t call for green beans but I started adding them in somewhere along the way in order to sneak more veggies in on the kids.

1 pound hamburger

1 onion, chopped

1 (15 1/2 oz) jar spaghetti sauce

1 (8 oz) package elbow macaroni, cooked and cooled

1 can green beans, drained

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided

1 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Heat oven to 350.  Cook hamburger and onion until beef is cooked through.  Combine all ingredients, using 1 cup of cheese.  Pour in 11 x 7″ pan.  Bake, covered, 20 minutes or until heated through and bubbling.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 5 additional minutes or until cheese is melted.

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