Cheesy Beef and Orzo Casserole

Prep 5 mins
Cook 40 mins
Total 45 mins

This Cheesy Beef and Orzo Casserole is an easy, filling dinner recipe that even the kids will love! Made with ground beef, orzo pasta, and lots of cheesy goodness, what’s not to love?!

Cheesy Beef and Orzo Casserole

Casserole Recipes Are One Of My Favorite Comfort Foods

My neighbor Kerri introduced me to this casserole and it is pure comfort food. To be honest, casseroles in general are always comfort food to me. However, most of the casseroles that were popular when I was growing up included a can of cream of this or a can of cream of that.

Easy Beef Casserole Recipe

There Is So Much Cheese In This Ground Beef Casserole!

This casserole gets it’s creaminess from 3 kinds of cheese (YUM) and the only canned items are olives and tomatoes. Add some ground beef and orzo pasta and you have yourself a delicious casserole!

Easy Dinner Casserole Recipe

It’s A Kid Friendly Dinner Recipe That Everyone Will Love

Ellie & Lyla LOVED this. No seriously, LOVED. The babies ate leftovers for almost a whole week! They are at the point where they are starting to enjoy the flavor and taste of meat, but are not big fans of the texture. However I have found if it is ground meat or small bites with a lot of sauce, they will gobble it up.

So not only is this one adult friendly, it’s baby/kid friendly too!

Yield: 5 Servings

Cheesy Beef and Orzo Casserole

Cheesy Beef and Orzo Casserole | Easy Ground Beef Casserole Recipe

This Cheesy Beef and Orzo Casserole is an easy, filling dinner recipe that even the kids will love! Made with ground beef, orzo pasta, and lots of cheesy goodness, what's not to love?!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 8 oz orzo
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 (16 oz) can petite diced tomatoes; drained
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 4 oz can chopped olives
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese, divided
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • fresh mini buffalo mozzarella, sliced in half, to top


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13 casserole pan, set aside.

Salt and pepper ground beef to taste. In a large pan, brown beef, drain and set aside. Cook orzo according to directions. Drain and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic, onions and celery, sauté until tender.

Add flour to mixture and stir until combined, cooking for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, oregano, beef broth and olives. Bring mixture to simmer for 5 minutes.

Add beef, orzo and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella and 1/2 cup shredded provolone, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to pot. Stir until combined and cheese melted.

Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Top casserole with remaining shredded mozzarella, provolone and fresh mozzarella cheeses during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 822mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 41g

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8 Responses
  1. Amy @ Fearless Homemaker

    I made this tonight and we loved it! Made a few minor changes (added carrots, omitted olives, used chicken broth instead of beef, etc.) but kept it largely the same. Total comfort food for me, and my husband also thought it was great. Plus, our two year old, who isn’t a huge fan of beef, thought it was fantastic … although she did pick around the beef. Ha! =) Either way, a huge success, and will definitely be going on rotation in our household!

  2. Mary

    This sounds wonderfil, but my husband doesn’t like beef. Can I make it with another type of ground meat? Maybe turkey?

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