Hamburger and Hominy Helper
Why is naming someone or something so difficult? Loving a name isn’t enough. If you know someone who gives you a bad association with a name it might turn you off completely. Or in our case, you might have a name for a dog picked out, but when you get your puppy, she seems like too much of a trouble maker to be named Frannie. And in this case, coming up with a name for this dish proved extremely difficult. Growing up, we called this meal Hominy Pie. But I didn’t think that would have very wide appeal. But then again, does Hamburger and Hominy Helper? I guess we’ll see.
Some other possible names were Hamburger and Hominy Bake, Beef and Hominy Casserole, Hamburger Macaroni and Hominy and Beef Pasta Bake. None of these names really worked, but the dish does resemble that childhood favorite that was a perfect weeknight meal during the 90’s, so I’m sticking with Hamburger and Hominy Helper (for now).
This dish is easy to throw together and is a great weeknight meal. I promise your kids will love it, which is always a bonus. And even though it looks a bit like that quick and easy meal from your youth, it is really so much better. The hominy adds a slightly unique flavor and the addition of mushrooms, tomatoes and onions give it a much fresher taste. I love it over elbow macaroni for the kids, but my mom always served it over mashed potatoes – also a delicious option!
I hope you make things easy for yourself and make this meal. Whatever you decide to call it, I know that everyone in your house will love it!
Hamburger and Hominy Helper is the weeknight meal you've been looking for. It is easy and kids love it and you'll almost always have leftovers!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 6 oz mushrooms, chopped
- 1/2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 can Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup
- 1 can white hominy (this can be found near the canned corn)
- 10 oz cooked pasta such as elbow macaroni
- 4 oz monterey jack cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare the pasta per package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine the beef and onion and cook 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and tomatoes and cook an additional 8-10 minutes until the beef is fully browned.
Drain the hominy and add to the skillet and add the tomato soup.
Add the cooked pasta to a casserole dish and pour the beef mixture over the pasta. Top with the shredded cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is browned and bubbly.