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Patchwork Beef Casserole

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Ingredients
  Ground beef 2 Pound
  Chopped green bell pepper 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Chopped onion 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Frozen southern-style hash-brown potatoes 2 Pound, thawed
  Tomato sauce 16 Ounce (Two 8 Ounce Cans)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Tomato paste 6 Ounce (1 Can)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Dried basil 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Ground black pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Pasteurized process american cheese 1 Pound, thinly sliced
Directions

Cook and stir beef in large skillet over medium heat until crumbled and brown, about 10 minutes; drain off fat.
Add green pepper and onion; sauté until tender, about 4 minutes.
Stir in all remaining ingredients except cheese.
Spoon 1/2 of the meat mixture into 13 x 9 X 2-inch baking pan or 3-quart baking dish; top with 1/2 of the cheese.
Spoon remaining meat mixture evenly on top of cheese.
Cover pan with aluminum foil.
Bake in preheated 350°F oven 45 minutes.
Cut remaining cheese into decorative shapes; place on top of casserole.
Let stand, loosely covered, until cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Recipe Summary

Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Beef
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes

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