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Vintage Recipe: Sausage Casserole

Sometimes you run across a draft post that you forgot to publish.  This is one of those times.  From 2009…

This recipe is courtesy of my very good friend, Laura, and is a great mid-week dinner casserole.

Years ago, supper get-togethers were a big thing for us.  On Tuesday nights or possibly Thursday nights, Laura and I would make supper together and after eating, we’d play Trivial Pursuit.   Those were the days before kids and rushed evenings of homework and laundry, laundry, laundry!

When we tried to choose our menu for the evening, Sausage Casserole was always among our choices.  Sausage Casserole or Pizza Potatoes.  Decisions, decisions.

If we had a little extra money, we’d go big-time and have homemade Enchiladas with a side of Mexican Rice and Rotel Cheese dip, which we would pour over everything!

I don’t get to eat like that very often.  I try to make healthier meals nowdays.

Those were the days before internet…or even cell phones!  It was just us friends sitting around, having a good meal and a good time together playing board games and visiting.  Sometimes I long for those quiet, easy in some ways – harder in other, days.

So, I go to my old recipe box and pull out one of these vintage recipes and the first taste takes me back.

This version is made with Dreamfields Penne Rigate pasta.  It was delicious!  Add a salad and crusty bread if you like and you have a meal.

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Sausage Casserole

1 lb mild sausage
1 bag egg noodles, cooked and drained (I used Dreamfields pasta instead)
12 oz cream of mushroom soup (homemade recipe – see below)
2 cups mozzerella cheese

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Cook sausage and drain.  Mix noodles with soup.  Pour in 2 qt casserole.  Top with mozzerella cheese.  Bake for 40 minutes at 375º.

Serves 6-8.

COOK’S NOTE:  Now that I’m trying to avoid wheat, I’m thinking this might be good with layered zucchini sliced real thin instead of the pasta.  Maybe with a sprinkle of Parmesan.  Yeah, why not!  add a little more cheese!  🙂

On Linda Sue’s site, there’s a great recipe for Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup. 

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Friendship Casserole – Keep one, share one

This hearty meal makes enough to share!  

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I happened upon this recipe when I was looking for a dish to take to a friend who had just had surgery.   This recipe is just right!  It makes enough for you to keep and then you get to share with a friend.

FRIENDSHIP CASSEROLE

2 pounds ground beef, browned
1 jar 48 oz of your favorite spaghetti sauce
16 oz bag medium egg noodles
½ cup butter
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350º
In a skillet, brown meat and drain fat. Then put the meat back in the skillet.  Add spaghetti sauce to meat; simmer for 20 minutes.

Cook noodles as directed on the package (cook to al dente); then drain and
toss the noodles with butter, seasonings and parmesan cheese.  Spray two
9×13 pans with non-stick spray ( I prefer to use my Misto sprayer that I fill with oil).

In each pan layer one quarter of the sauce, half of the noodles, then split the remaining sauce between the two. Top each with half of the mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil; bake 45 minutes.

*You can also add some sauteed green bell peppers, onions and
mushrooms to the sauce.  I added mushrooms after checking with my friend to make sure she liked them, too.

**You can use foil pans like these if you’re sharing with a friend.

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NOTE:  I use Dreamfields pasta for low carbers.  It’s possible that another low carb pasta or veggie “pasta” could be substituted as well and be equally delicious.  Enjoy!

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It’s Almost Thanksgiving! Holiday Hits

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I enjoyed my first of three Thanksgiving meals with my family last night.  Good times and good food.

I know I haven’t posted a lot lately due to real life taking over and no time to share all the great things going on!  I wish I could just push a button and have a post with pictures pop up.   Wouldn’t that be so neat?!

I’ll be reminding us of some old fashioned high carb treats and some delicious low carb treats so be sure and scroll on down.

I’m so thankful for all my faithful readers and visitors.  Thank you for being here!

I wanted to share some recipes that are already posted here that are great for the holidays.  I seem to make some of the these dishes over and over again ’cause they are so good!  🙂

For those not so worried about their blood sugar…

Nutter Butter Banana Pudding

Brownie Crusted Butterfinger Cheesecake

Sopapilla Cheesecake   yum!

Coconut Macaroons

Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

Applesauce Nut Cake     (no eggs!)

Easy Chess Pie

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cream Pie

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Heavenly Yeast Rolls

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And now for some LOWER CARB treats…

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon

Pumpkin Pie

Butter Pecan Creme Brulee

The best Chocolate Chip Cheesecake ever!

Blender Coconut Pie

Carbuik Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cream Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Peppers aka Poppers!

More Low carb links:

LOW CARB

Have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Summer Squash Casserole

With an abundance of yellow summer squash from our garden, I’m using it in almost more ways that you can count!

I made this casserole for our Sunday dinner and some of it was left over.  It made a delicious breakfast this morning!  I think it has gotten better with age.  Some things just do that .  🙂

I found the recipe I used at Allrecipes.com.

Summer Squash Casserole

4 cups sliced yellow squash
1/2 cup chopped onion
35 buttery round crackers, crushed
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Place squash and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Pour in a small amount of water.  Cover and cook until squash is tender, about 5 minutes. Drain well and place in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, mix together cracker crumbs and cheese. Stir half of the cracker mixture into the cooked squash and onions.  In a small bowl, mix together eggs and milk, then add to squash mixture. Stir in 1/4 cup melted butter, and season with salt and pepper.

Spread into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cracker mixture, and dot with 2 tablespoons butter.  Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Enjoy the day you bake it and be sure and save some for breakfast the next morning.  You’ll be glad you did.

*By leaving out the crackers and using a mix of cream and water, the carbs in this recipe can be lowered significantly.

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I forgot to mention that I made Squash Pickles the other day.  Stay tuned for the recipe.  🙂

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Swiss Chicken Casserole

When I saw this chicken recipe over at The Southern Lady Cooks,  I knew I had to try it.

My daughter loves Stove Top Stuffing and I knew she’d love this casserole.

I’m trying to watch my calories so I decided to use reduced fat items where I could.  My recipe is just a little different than the one at TSLC, but it’s hopefully just as tasty.

Swiss Chicken Casserole

6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I used 10 chicken tenderloins)
6 slices 2% Swiss cheese, sliced
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed reduced fat cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup skim milk
water
2 cups dry bread stuffing mix (I used Kroger brand)

Preheat oven to 350º.

Arrange chicken in a lightly sprayed 9 x 13 baking dish.
Top with Swiss cheese slices.

Combine soup, skim milk, and about 1/4 cup water and stir well.
Spoon mixture over chicken and sprinkle with stuffing mix.
I then sprayed with some butter flavored spray, (Sure miss my buttah!)
but if you’re not counting calories, drizzle about 1/4 cup of melted butter
over the stuffing.

Cover and bake for 50 minutes. Serve with your favorite green side dish.
Serves 6 fairly large portions.

~I attempted to do a little figuring on the calories and came up to about 315
per serving.

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Holiday Goodies!

I know Christmas is close and I’ve been so busy in the kitchen,

I’ve had very little time to actually post what I’ve been cooking.


Soon I’ll have a post on the candies and cookies I’ve been making,

but in the meantime … these are some of the dishes

I made for the Thanksgiving holiday.


Glazed Applesauce Nut Cake


Cappuccino Mousse Trifle from Taste of Home


Cherries in the Snow

1 (8oz) cream cheese
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 (12 oz) tubs Cool Whip
1 can cherry pie filling
1 angel food cake

In large bowl mix cream cheese with milk, sugar, and vanilla.  Blend with hand mixer.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Slice cake and tear into small pieces. Layer ingredients in punch bowl.  First – cheese mixture, cake, cherry pie filling – layering until all mixtures are gone – cherry layer on top.


Aunt Mary’s Easy Chess Pie


 

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

1/2 stick butter
1 large pkg. frozen chopped broccoli
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. milk
1 (8 oz.) jar Cheez Whiz
3 c. cooked white rice
season with salt and pepper to taste

Cook the rice until done, add the butter, stir and set aside.
Cook the broccoli in a large pan until done.
Add the soup, milk, cheese and rice. Season.
Pour into a greased casserole.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.

Corn Spoon Bread from Deep South Dish


Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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What have you made over this holiday season?



Easy Peasy Beefy Cabbage Casserole

I got the idea for this dish from my lovely sister-in-law, Dorothy, in Kentucky.

She’s such a sweetheart to have supper waiting on us when we drag in late at night!  Love you, Dorothy!

I don’t think it’s as good as hers, but then food always seems tastier when someone else does all the work!  🙂

Beefy Cabbage Casserole

1 teaspoon vegetable oil or bacon fat

1 pound lean ground beef

1 small head cabbage — cut up

1 large can diced tomatoes

1/4 onion — chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1 dash of pepper

1 cup cheddar cheese — shredded

In a skillet, brown the beef in the oil, then pour off excess fat. Add cabbage, tomatoes, onion, salt and pepper. Cover and cook slowly until the cabbage is translucent, about 20 minutes. Transfer mixture to a greased casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese and place in 350º oven until cheese is melted and slightly browned, about 20 minutes.  Serves 6-8.

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Weight Watcher’s Au Gratin Potatoes ~ 3 pts

Au Gratin Potatoes

(3 Points per Serving using skim milk)
8 Servings

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1 sprays cooking spray
1 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion(s), thinly sliced
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cup fat-free skim milk (I prefer 2%)
2 pounds Yukon Gold potato(es), thinly sliced
1 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

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Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 2-quart covered baking dish with cooking spray.

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Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour; add milk slowly, stirring. Add potatoes and stir to mix. Bring to a boil. Stir in 3/4 cup of cheese, salt and pepper.

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Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and level out surface. Bake for 1 hour, uncovered. Cover and bake until potatoes are fork-tender, about 20 minutes more.

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Change oven temperature to broil. Sprinkle remaining cheese over potatoes. Broil 6 inches from the heating element until the cheese is golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces.

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Yum, yum!  These potatoes are worth the effort!

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

A great side dish.  Best eaten fresh and warm.

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Chiles Rellenos Casserole

1/2- cup heavy cream
1-cup sharp cheddar cheese
1-cup pepper jack cheese
3-eggs
2-small cans of whole green chilies
Salt to taste.

Drain the chilies.  In an 8 x 8 casserole dish, layer chilies and pepper jack cheese.  Mix the eggs and cream.  Pour over the chilies and cheese mixture and top with the cheddar cheese.  Bake at 350º for 20 minutes.