This is a family favorite. Also affectionately known around our house as "ugly casserole". I don't remember where I oringinally found this recipe but I've been making it for over 15 years. Everyone in the family loves this stuff. I hope your family will enjoy it, too."
1 lb ground beef
2 (6 1/4 ounce) boxes Rice-A-Roni Fried Rice
2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup
4 cups hot water
1 (6 ounce) cans Durkee French fried onions
Brown beef in a skillet; drain off grease.
Place drained beef in a large bowl. Add seasoning packets from rice mix, soup, and water. Whisk until thoroughly blended. Mix in rice and noodles from boxes.
Place in a greased 9 x 13" glass casserole dish or divide between 2 smaller casserole dishes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. This will depend on the size of baking dishes used. You'll need to stir the casserole once or twice during baking, making sure to scrape the bottom of the casserole, so the rice isn't sticking.
Sprinkle the onions over the top for the last 3 minutes.