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Hobo Casserole Italian Style

Hobo Casserole Italian Style is a quick and easy dinner recipe that is loaded with flavour.  This gluten free casserole is a hearty, comfort food meal to be enjoyed any time of the year.

Enjoy layers of seasoned ground beef, spaghetti, mozzarella cheese, pasta sauce and garlic bread all in one dish!

This very hearty, deep dish casserole yields 8 servings.

You will find this Italian inspired version of Hobo Casserole does not disappoint.

You could add some caesar salad to complete the meal.

Have some extra sauce heated up and ready to go along with some parmesan cheese for those that want a sprinkle.

Printable Recipe Card with a Full List of Ingredients and Instructions is Located at the Bottom of the Post.

Be sure to read through the entire post so that you don’t miss out on any important tips and tricks!

To begin making Hobo Casserole Italian Stye I diced up a yellow onion. 

Dice the yellow onion.

Then I prepared some gluten free spaghetti according to the package directions.

While the pasta cooked I prepared the base of the casserole by combining some lean ground beef, gluten free panko style crumbs, the diced onion and an egg.

After combining those ingredients I added in some seasonings; salt, pepper and basil.

I again combined the ingredients.  You might want to use your hands to finish the mixing so everything is well combined.

Next I pressed the ground beef mixture into the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.

When the spaghetti was ready I drained and rinsed it in a colander.

I returned the spaghetti to the pot and mixed it with some pasta sauce.

Then I transferred the spaghetti into the baking dish on top of the meat and spread it out evenly.

Next I sliced up enough mozzarella cheese to cover the spaghetti.

Before covering the casserole to bake in the oven I poured 2 cups of pasta sauce over the cheese.

I covered the casserole with tin foil.

Then I placed it in a preheated 350F oven for 90 minutes.

Near the end of that cooking time I prepared the topping.

First I cubed 3 gluten free hot dog buns.  You could use whatever gluten free buns or bread you have on hand.

Then I heated some margarine and minced garlic in a frying pan over medium heat.

Once the margarine had melted I added the cubed bread and stirred to coat in the margarine.

I continued toasting the bread cubes for about 15 minutes over med/low heat.

After 90 minutes I took the casserole out of the oven and removed the tin foil.

I spread the toasted bread cubes over the top of the casserole.  I pushed them down slightly.

I returned the casserole to the oven for 5 minutes.

After removing the casserole from the oven I allowed it to cool for a couple of minutes before slicing.

Hobo Casserole Italian style is a deep dish casserole so smaller pieces did suffice for our family.

Some might appreciate some extra sauce smothered over the top with a sprinkling of paremesan cheese.

However you choose to eat Hobo Casserole Italian Style you will enjoy every bite!

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Ingredients You’ll Need to Make this Hobo Casserole Italian Style:

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup gluten free panko style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 egg, large
  • 4oz mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 12oz gluten free spaghetti
  • 5 cups pasta sauce (some for serving)
  • Topping:
  • 3 gluten free hot dog buns
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

How to Make Hobo Casserole Italian Style:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
  2. Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
  3. Dice the yellow onion.
  4. Dump the ground beef into a mixing bowl and add the crumbs, diced onion and egg.
  5. Blend all together well.
  6. Add the salt, pepper and basil.  Combine again and might need to finish mixing with hands.
  7. Press the ground beef mixture into the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
  8. Drain and rinse the pasta.
  9. Mix one cup of the pasta sauce with the cooked spaghetti.
  10. Spread the spaghetti evenly over top of the ground beef.
  11. Cover the spaghetti with the mozzarella cheese slices.
  12. Pour 2 cups of the spaghetti sauce over the cheese slices. 
  13. Cover with tinfoil and place in the preheated 350F oven for 90 minutes.
  14. Near end of cooking time prepare the topping by cutting the hot dog buns into cubes.
  15. Heat 1/3 cup of margarine in a frying pan and add the cubes and the minced garlic.
  16. Stir occasionally over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  17. After 90 minutes remove the casserole from the oven and add the topping.  Press the topping in slightly.
  18. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  19. Remove from oven.  Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.
  20. Heat the remaining sauce in the microwave.
  21. Serve and spoon extra sauce over top if desired.
  22. Enjoy!
Yield: 8

Hobo Casserole Italian Style

Hobo Casserole Italian Style is a quick and easy dinner recipe that is loaded with flavour.  This gluten free casserole is a hearty, comfort food meal to be enjoyed any time of the year.

Hobo Casserole Italian Style is a quick and easy dinner recipe that is loaded with flavour.  This gluten free casserole is a hearty, comfort food meal to be enjoyed any time of the year.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 cup gluten free panko style bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 egg, large
  • 4oz mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 12oz gluten free spaghetti
  • 5 cups pasta sauce (some for serving)
  • Topping:
  • 3 gluten free hot dog buns
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
    2. Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
    3. Dice the yellow onion.
    4. Dump the ground beef into a mixing bowl and add the crumbs, diced onion and egg.
    5. Blend all together well.
    6. Add the salt, pepper and basil.  Combine again and might need to finish mixing with hands.
    7. Press the ground beef mixture into the bottom of a 9" x 13" baking pan.
    8. Drain and rinse the pasta.
    9. Mix one cup of the pasta sauce with the cooked spaghetti.
    10. Spread the spaghetti evenly over top of the ground beef.
    11. Cover the spaghetti with the mozzarella cheese slices.
    12. Pour 2 cups of the spaghetti sauce over the cheese slices. 
    13. Cover with tinfoil and place in the preheated 350F oven for 90 minutes.
    14. Near end of cooking time prepare the topping by cutting the hot dog buns into cubes.
    15. Heat 1/3 cup of margarine in a frying pan and add the cubes and the minced garlic.
    16. Stir occasionally over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
    17. After 90 minutes remove the casserole from the oven and add the topping.  Press the topping in slightly.
    18. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.
    19. Remove from oven.  Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving.
    20. Heat the remaining sauce in the microwave.
    21. Serve and spoon extra sauce over top if desired.
    22. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 660Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 1362mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 7gSugar: 12gProtein: 43g

 

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