Hamburger and noodle casserole with tomato sauce and spices topped with cheese
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Easy Beefy Bake Casserole ~ Gluten & Dairy-Free Options  

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I’m thinking this Easy Beefy Bake Casserole just might fit in that comfort food category. It seems like most pasta dishes covered with cheese give us that warm and cozy feeling. If you were to ask my husband, he would say it is one of his favorite casseroles for sure.
With some simple changes, this nut, egg, and soy-free casserole can be made gluten-free by switching out the pasta to a gluten-free variety. If you are following a yeast or dairy-free diet, simply leave off the cheese.
Try this if you want a vegetarian or vegan option:
hamburger and pasta casserole with tomato sauce and spices topped with cheese - gluten-free option
To Make Easy Beefy Bake Casserole You Will Need These Ingredients:
  • Elbow macaroni ~ gluten-free if needed
  • Lean ground beef ~ ground turkey or chicken would be great options as well.
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Frozen corn
  • Cheddar cheese ~ omit for dairy and yeast-free diets.
This recipe is freezer-friendly before and after you bake it.
Hamburger and noodle casserole with tomato sauce and spices topped with cheese

I suggest cornbread on the side; it’s a perfect blend of flavors. Leftovers? If there are any those are equally as good the next day. You can find two different cornbread recipes in this chili post.


Easy Beefy Bake Casserole 

A quick and easy weeknight dinner that can easily be made gluten-free. So flavorful and delicious you will want to make it every week.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: allergy-friendly, busy days, casserole, dairy-free, dinner, easy beefy bake, egg-free, family meals, gluten-free, ground turkey, lean ground beef, nut-free, pasta, soy-free
Servings: 5 Servings
Calories: 473kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni gluten-free if needed
  • 1 lb lean ground beef ground turkey, or chicken would be great options as well.
  • 1/2-3/4 cup celery finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or more if desired, but omit for dairy and yeast-free diets.


  • Cook macaroni according to directions, drain. Set aside. About 10-11 minutes.
  • Brown hamburger, drain/rinse if necessary (to remove any fat) return to pan and add onions and celery.
  • Cook together for about 5 minutes.
  • Add all ingredients except noodles. Mix well.
  • Add noodles and carefully mix them together.
  • Pour into a 2 1/2 qt casserole and top with 1 cup grated cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350.


** This casserole can also be prepared and froze for a later time. When ready to use defrost and bake as normal.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1032mg | Potassium: 1196mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1138IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 5mg




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