By Jellyqueen on November 03, 2003
Photo by Pam-I-Am
Photo by Pam-I-Am
"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."
Serving Size: 1 (261 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"I have made this several times for people as a gift when someone is too tired to cook (new baby, surgery, death in the family, just moved in, etc) and I always get rave reviews. I double it and it fits nicely in 3 8x8 square pans."
"What a great recipe! Our tweaks: 1T sugar instead of 2T, 3T worcestershire instead of 2T, and we added 1/2t of granulated garlic and some crushed red pepper. That Mrs. Geraldine is one fine neighbor!"
"I gave this a five star even though it had a few things that we didn't like...I will be making this again but will use less pasta, I used a 16 oz package of angel hair pasta and it was just entirely too much...much it was very good once we were able to taste it beyond the pasta. Thanks for sharing."
"Good casserole. I did add garlic, mixed soup into sauce and layered over cooked penne."
"I love this recipe! It tastes like it is a lot unhealthier than it really is. My husband is convinced I add sour cream to it, which of course I don't. The simmer time is rather long so I have found the best way to make this work for me is to spend some time on the weekend and get it to the point of assembly and then put it in the 'fridge for use as a weeknight meal. Then whoever gets home from work first pops it in the oven for the bake time. Because I don't use celery for anything else and didn't want to buy a whole batch just for this, I omit the celery and use an entire green bell pepper instead. Also, instead of can mushrooms I use the pre-sliced fresh ones in the produce dept of my grocery store. To cut down on fat, I rinse the ground beef after it is done browning. Only downside of the dish is because it's so tasty, we tend to eat more than a portion at a time."
"This was very good, but I don't know why it is to be baked. After assembling, and topping with cheese, everything is cooked. So why bake it and cook it more? Otherwise a fine recipe."
"This is the third time I've made this and never make it same but it always turns out fantastic. Great recipe for working with what you have. I didn't have any meat this go around so I used a can of kidney beans instead and it was still really good. No celery or mushrooms so I added more green bell pepper and half a yellow bell pepper. Used 2 cans of FF crm of mushrm soup with a couple tablespoons of half and half to thin it a little bit and pre-mixed that with the pasta. Only had about 1/2 cup cheddar cheese so I added a 1/2 cup good parm cheese to the soup mixture/pasta. Only put the cheddar on one side and will add more after going to the store this week:) NOTE ABOUT PICKLE JUICE/SUGAR ISSUE: The two options provided do not have equal sweetness and the pickle juice is mostly vinegar. I use spicy and sweet pickle juice- 2T. If I was using brown sugar, I'd only put in 2 teaspoons to start with and then taste halfway through cooking and would add a T of vinegar as well. I think the pickle juice makes the difference so use it if you've got it! If you double up on the cream of mushroom soup then this makes for good freezing."
"Made a few changes......... didn't use Peppers or celery but added an extra mushroom. My wife thought it was great..... I think I would like to add some garlic and maybe a little more tomato sauce. Would make it again..........THANKS!!!"
"I've had this printed off for a number of years and never got around to making it, until now.
What was I waiting for? 5 stars from my boys! Used brown sugar instead of pickle juice and did add some fresh garlic. Used cream of mushroom soup, but left out the veg itself. Super tasty and will definitely make many times over! Thanks Jellyqueen for a keeper!"
"It looked nice and there was nothing wrong with the recipe. To us, it tasted like sloppy joe on pasta. We did not care for it."
"I have never been as disappointed in a recipe as I was this one. After all the glowing reviews, I even doubled it in anticipation of a new family favorite. Everyone hated the sweet layer and soup layer combo..they wouldn't even eat it. I gave it two stars because it wasn't inedible..just not liked."
"Sorry, but this recipe was just no that good. Very bland."
"It was good but not special. I have had terrific spaghetti type recipes and this is just normal. If I did rate I would have put in a 3. I made as directed only used spaghetti instead of angel hair pasta which would not change the overall taste. UPDATE: It was a lot better the second day. If it was as good on day 1 as day 2 maybe a 4 rating. I thought the description of what to do was plain 1 noodles in pan 2 soup over noodles 3 meat sauce over soup 4 cheese over all"
"This was very good. I left out the mushrooms and used 2 T of brown sugar. I agree with others who think it too sweet, will cut back to 1T next time, yes there will be a next time."
"Great flavor and so easy to put together! The only change I made was combining the cooked pasta and mushroom soup together before pouring it into the baking dish. Will make again! "
"Hubs really enjoyed the sweetness of the ground beef mixture and had 2 large servings for dinner...said he just couldn't resist. I am sure i will be reminded to make this many times over. Thanks!"
"I made this for tonight's dinner. I actually started it the night before. I did the first five steps and put it in the fridge. When I got home from work tonight I cooked the pasta and put it in my large casserole dish,topped with the soup followed by the sauce and cheese and popped it in the oven. Easy. DD wasn't sure if she liked it at first but we all agree, the more we ate, the more we liked it."
"Family and I enjoyed this casserole. I used chopped tomatoes with chipotle and that added a slight smokey flavor to the tangy sauce. Thanks for sharing."
"Nice casserole! DH loved it."
"April1: Do you think it had too much spaghetti because you said you used 16 oz. when the recipe calls for 6 oz?"