Sausage meat can be used in place of the ground beef, and any small pasta can be substituted for the macaroni. If you like more chili flavor then add in a couple tablespoons of chili powder. I have even added in some red kidney beans and sliced green olives to this casserole, but that is optional. This casserole can be completely prepared up to 24 hours in advance, cover the casserole dish tightly with plastic wrap, then refrigerate until ready to bake, increase the cooking time slightly. For taco seasoning see recipe #76616.
5-Ingredient Fix Contest Entry. This recipe is super simple, can be made ahead of time, and tastes great. I first tasted this at a pot-luck lunch at work years ago. Over the years I have added bacon and increased the cheese, making it even better than the original. Multi-purpose dish, can be used as a main dish or side dish. Can also be served at breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even dinner.
This recipe came from a local church fund raising cook book. Mrs. Geraldine is a good friend of the family. She reminds me so much of Mrs. Clause, that I can't help but smile every time I think of her. This recipe freezes well. Do not bake before freezing. Just put it together, freeze it, thaw it and cook.
Sliced potatoes in a delicious creamy sauce on the bottom then topped with a ground beef mixture --- instead of layering the potatoes you can just mix them with the sauce in a large bowl transfer to the baking dish then top with the ground beef mixture either way is fine but the potatoes will cook a little faster if mixed with the sauce --- feel free to throw in some cooked chopped green beans, mushrooms, corn niblets to the ground beef mixture or whatever you wish, I also like sprinkle some grated cheddar cheese over the potato mixture before topping with the ground beef and then again after the casserole has been cooked, this casserole is very versatile and you don't have to worry about the exact amounts --- to save time you may cook the ground beef mixture a day ahead and refrigerate, all ingredients may be reduced to half if desired to yield 4-6 and baked in a smaller baking dish--- NOTE some of the reviewers are stating that the potatoes are taking a long time to cook so you may want to pop them in the microwave first just to soften slightly,
This recipe is one that is a mixture of many simular recipes I have tried in the past, but none of them impressed me that much. So through many trials and failures I came up with my own combination of ingredients. I think it is quite good! So decided to share this recipe with you to see what you think.
This is really tasty! I love the addition of the sour cream and cream cheese. Mmmmmm! Prep time approximate. I got this recipe from Southern Living cookbook that I bought back in the 70's. It did not give number of servings, but I fed a family of 5 with a couple of them having seconds.
Shoestring chef! Create this delicious meal without busting your budget. I found this recipe in Woman's World. I made this for my families dinner. It was quick & easy. When I made this I used shelf stable milk with no problems. I added more cheese for the top. This was a bit bland for my family so next time I think I'll use a homemade sloppy joe mix and add some flavor to the mac & cheese.
This recipe is in about its third or fourth generation, passed down from Grandma to Mom to Me. It became my children's favorite, and now my grandchildren love it. It was a staple in each household, with or without the hamburger. The children named it "Belly Buster" because they always ate too much when we had it. Freezes well.
When I was a child, my family used to eat this at least once a week due to the fact that it is inexpensive and a little goes a long way. We also added fresh herbs or sometimes whole kernel corn. Its even better the next day and it freezes well.
Super easy and makes a lot - great for leftovers. My mom always made this great casserole for family picnics and potlucks. Everyone loved it, but my dad's brother was a fanatic! I believe this casserole was originally based on a Spanish dish. My mom's recipe called for black olives, but she never used them nor do I.