Though you need an oven to make this dish, it makes a lot of food that can feed a family or get portioned and frozen to make several meals. Filling and yummy, this is a super simple recipe that should please everyone, and would be easy to adapt for gluten sensitivities, vegetarians, restricted salt or low-fat diets and more. You can prepare it the night before and pop it in the oven after work and/or when the kids get home. My kind of meal.
Extra Easy Casserole
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: about an hour
Preheat oven to 325 F (160 C)
4-5 cups cooked macaroni (about 2 cups dry)
1 small can creamed corn
1 small can diced tomatoes with juice
1 can mushroom soup (or reconstituted mushroom soup powder)
pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
1 1/2 cups ground beef
1/2 diced onion
Cook and drain pasta.
Brown beef and onions in skillet over medium heat.
Mix all ingredients, except for cheese, together in a large bowl.
Spoon or pour mixture into a casserole dish or large baking pan.
Sprinkle cheese on top of mixture.
Bake for about an hour (every oven is a bit different, so check on your casserole at the 45 minute mark).
Try gluten-free macaroni, low-salt onion soup, ground chicken or tofu for variations on this delicious dish. Use up some of the veggies in the fridge to add a nutritional boost!
Thanks to Bill and Nancy Gillespie for the recipe!
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