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Around our house this one has been affectionately called Aunt Martha's Casserole for years. This basic one-pot meal can be dressed up or left as is. My family prefers it with the addition of the corn, but if I don't have that on hand I'll throw in whatever assorted frozen vegetables I have on hand. But the one serious difference we make is that we add a lot of grated cheese to it and always add in 1/2 cup of catsup. Someone else's comment about her husband adding it afterward made me want to comment. It's the magic ingredient and usually on hand anyway.

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Karyl G. August 04, 2015

I grew up calling this American Chop Suey. The only thing that we do differently is we cook the elbows separately and add them in just before serving. It's never failed. I always have to make extra because my family always comes back for more.

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Lilidh H. June 27, 2015

I love this! It is one of the best one pot meals a mother could add to her book of go to's lol! The only thing I would say is that if you aren't a big fan of chunks or pieces of tomatoes I would use one can tomato sauce and one can diced tomatoes . I seasoned it with about one tsp of oregano, thyme, rosemary, and basil. I will be serving with garlic bread and a salad! Thank you so much for this quick, healthy, go to dish for me and my family!!!!

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Victoria A June 07, 2015

I was so happy tonight after making this. All 4 of my kids loved it and my husband too. It's rare I find something that no one has a complaint. I added some season salt to flavor it more because my family loves extra seasons. Wonderful meal!!

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Jessie W. April 29, 2015

This is almost identical to my Grandmothers Goulash! And yes it is very affordable and sometimes changed up a bit based on what was on hand! Grandma raised 7 kids during the depression. My grown kids beg me to still make it!

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sheila w. March 04, 2015

I couldn't believe how delicious this was.

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abrookeabrown February 11, 2015

Great meal, and I know this may sound ridiculous but the name is just awful. With so many out there struggling, poverty really isn't something to take lightly. Couldn't we just call it a Pauper's Meal or Peasant's Casserole instead?

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DoubleDee513 January 18, 2015

MMMMm great recipe!! So simple and so tasty! This time I used our multi cooker Redmond, so everything was very easy to cook! Unfortunately we had no parmesan, so next time I'll defenitely buy i it beforehand!

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Nitochka F. December 27, 2014

I grew up on this and we also called it goulash :) I also use tomato juice, and add a dash or two of worcestershire sauce. Great comfort food, and cheap! Jiffy cornbread is a cheap, yummy side.

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Pipster1 November 14, 2014

I hate the name, but love the recipe. Thank you for sharing this simple and satisfying recipe.

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Poverty Meal