This French onion skillet beef casserole is for the onion lovers! Caramelized onions, beef, seasoning, orzo and Gruyere cheese come together in a comforting and simple one-pot casserole!
This skillet beef casserole recipe is definitely for onion lovers. I have always loved French onion soup. It does bring back certain memories. I remember the first time I had French onion soup I was on a date with my high school boyfriend.
We were at a local pizza restaurant that made the best onion soup around. In hindsight, it probably wasn't the most romantic thing to eat, but he wasn't the most romantic boyfriend either. He and I ate at that same pizza restaurant every weekend for months and I always ordered the soup.
There were so many things that made that soup delicious. The caramelized onions were one reason of course, but it was also the way the salty broth worked with those slightly sweet onions and then there was the thick piece of crusty bread that soaked up the soup all while holding up gooey, melted cheese.
I don't think I have had French onion soup since he and I stopped frequenting that restaurant (and stopped dating). My kids would never go for that kind of soup; a pot full of onions is not really their thing. BUT onions mixed with orzo in a skillet beef casserole are a completely different story!
I start with caramelized onions to which I add ground beef and simple seasoning. I use orzo pasta in this recipe because I like how it plumps up and fills out during the cooking process. However, rice would work if you prefer.
Beef broth and fresh herbs round out the flavor and just before serving a sprinkling of Gruyere cheese is broiled until bubbly. This might not be the French onion soup I remember, but that's ok, I like this much better!
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