By Noreen Doll.
Uncle Carrie’s favorite casserole is made with hamburger and brown rice.
This easy casserole freezes well, and would make a great potluck dish, too.
This recipe makes a large amount because we like to have enough to freeze some for future meals. But you can easily cut the recipe down to make less, if you wish.
Uncle Carrie Casserole.
2 1/2 pounds Hamburger
3 Onions, diced
3 Cloves Garlic, minced
3 or 4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 – 8 Ounce Cans Tomato Sauce
8 Ounces Grated Cheddar Cheese
4-5 Cups Cooked Brown Rice
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Start brown rice as it takes at least 45 minutes to cook. (Or thaw a package from the freezer like we do.)
Brown hamburger and add onions and garlic. Cook until nice and brown.
Add salt and pepper.
Stir in soy sauce.
Mix in tomato sauce and simmer until rice is ready.
Layer in a 9×13 pan: 1/3 of meat mixture,
1/2 of the grated cheese,
all of the rice,
then the rest of meat mixture.
Top with the rest of the cheese.
Fill 1 tomato sauce can about 2/3 full of water and dribble over casserole.
Bake 30 to 45 minutes at 365 degrees, until the water is soaked up and casserole looks done. We cook it the longer time as we like it browned.
This makes enough for 3 or 4 meals, so we freeze it in quart ziplock bags that we can later just thaw and heat.