I feed a pretty picky bunch at my house and I had a few pounds of ground venison so I called my friend Mary who passed on this recipe. I had to improvise and use ingredients I had on hand. I made a few substitutions such as: used venison instead of beef, did not use the green chiles, used macaroni instead of egg noodles, used cheddar on top, and for the cheese filling I used a mixture of a half of jar of Alfredo sauce and cream cheese. My family raved about this being very filling and tasty. They also gave it a thumbs up for our favorites list.
I think that the problem may be that I personally prefer noodle dishes with really fresh tasting ingredients- as opposed to super rich and heavy... I wanted a quick easy dinner that my 2 1/2 year old daughter and I would enjoy and this really sounded good- but I found the cream cheese to be really heavy and wish that I had enough sour cream on hand to have supplemented it (and I knew when I started to layer on all of that mozzarella that it would be sooooo super rich!) I did not have tomato sauce on hand so I used Rotel canned tomatoes and an extra teaspoon of garlic. I also added about a teaspoon and a half of sweet paprika and about the same amt. of cumin, for flavor. My daughter wanted nothing to do with the end result (and no, it wasn't due to the spice... she is a super good eater and typically devours spicy food!) and I, personally, could only eat a little bit due to it's richness. I did enjoy the green salad and glass of Zin anyway. Thanks for sharing anyhow- it was a fun recipe to try.
Delicious! I used 1/2 pound noodles and spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce. I did not use green chilies. It was wonderful.
I thought it was good, I used mild green chilies and next time Iwill use the hot ones to give it more spice.
This dish was a hit with my family at two separate meals. I made a number of substitutions to make it lower in fat and more nutritious. I used whole wheat elbow macaroni instead of egg noodles, and I substituted fat free cream cheese and sour cream. In addition, I added fresh mushrooms and sundried tomatoes to the sauce.
I had all of the ingredients to hand, so I thought I'd give this recipe a go. This is a wonderful family supper dish and the leftovers are great heated up the next day. Thanks for posting this.