Dinner in a Dish Casserole

"It took me two years to track down this recipe after it appeared at our ladies Curling Bonspiel Potluck! Since then it became a favorite not only at potlucks but at our house as well. An old fashioned comfort food enjoyed by adults and children alike. Great served with a green salad and crusty bread. This is the original recipe but you may add extra seasonings of your choice if you wish. Servings depend on just how hungry the crowd! Note - Have added the optional can of tomato soup mentioned in the instructions to the ingredient list. I always add the can of tomato soup for added flavor and extra creaminess."
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  • 1 12 - 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 (19 ounce) can tomatoes
  • 1 (10 ounce) can tomato soup (or tomato sauce, I always add a can of tomato soup as we like the extra tomato flavor and creaminess)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 - 12 teaspoon pepper
  • 14 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 - 1 12 cup shredded cheddar cheese or 1 -1 1/2 cup cheese, of choice
  • cooking spray

  • 1 (12 ounce) package noodles (your choice, I usually use elbow macaroni or broad egg noodles, youngsters love the bow knots)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or 2 tablespoons margarine

  • 34 cup breadcrumbs (I use the coarse crumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or 2 tablespoons margarine


  • In a skillet over medium heat melt the butter or margarine and lightly brown the crumbs.
  • Cook noodles according to package directions and drain.
  • Coat the noodles with melted butter.
  • In a large skillet cook the beef, onions, and green pepper over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink then drain off excess oil.
  • Add tomatoes and blend in flour (for those wishing more tomato flavor you may add a ten ounce can of condensed tomato soup).
  • Add seasonings and simmer five minutes. For us the ingredients are right on, but as noted when originally posting the recipe -- you can add extra seasonings of your choice if you wish, if you are wanting a spicier version.
  • Spray your favorite 2 quart casserole or a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Start your layers with noodles alternating with the hamburger.
  • Add the shredded cheese and top with the bread crumbs.
  • Bake uncovered in a 325 degree oven for 25 or 30 minutes (Time varies from oven to oven).

Questions & Replies

  1. I am cleaning out my freezer and I have chicken, roast beef and fish.. all raw. Can I put all these ingredients in a roaster pan and cook all at once.? thanks


  1. We had a terrible wind storm here in Southern Ontario today, so I wanted some real comfort food on the table. This fit the bill and everyone loved it. My daughter was stealing the cheese & bread crumb topping off the casserole after she was full because she couldn't stop herself. I did chose to use tomato soup in this but used recipe #278160 which is an excellent substitute for canned "cream of" soup. Thanks for sharing this recipe Gerry, it is going in my "fave" casserole book.
  2. OK, the dish was really good and easy to make, but was bland. We added some garlic salt on our servings an it helped. I think it is a great base to work with but would definitely add some other seasonings to it. Thanks Gerry!
  3. Thank you for recomending this recipe. It was a big hit at the church potluck today. I did use tomato soup like sujested and because I cook it in my crock pot then take it to church to serve in an hour I added extra soup and cooked the noodles aldente. I used bowtie noodles because that is what I had. Thanks again.
  4. This is a great weekday dinner dish. It makes lots and tastes really good. I followed the ingredients per recipe except I mixed them alltogether like suggested by Cool Monday. I also added some paprika, garlic powder, and some seasoned salt. Made for OZ swap October 2009
  5. This is a delicious and simple recipe, we loved it! I used Italian bread crumbs, but next time I would probably scale them back in 1/2. Other than that, I would not change a thing! I used thin egg noodles, and my DH thought it tasted just like "home on the prairies!" Thanks for a terrific meal Gerry! made for Aussie Swap! :)


<p>I live in Saskatchewan where hospitality and food go hand in hand. Community suppers, Beef Pit Barbecues, Church suppers, potlucks, tea and bake sales, booths at the curling and hockey rinks in winter, the ball games in summer. What is truly the spirit of Saskatchewan is that these events are for most part the efforts of community volunteers sharing their time as well as their best make and takes. Small communities along with the larger centres across the province are well known for their turkey suppers, cabbage rolls, perogies and overflowing dessert tables. Homemade of course! <br /> <br />I love preparing meals for my family and friends and in the sharing of good recipes be they mine or that of another. My posted recipes are recipes that are family favorites. My reviews here on Zaar allow that I have been most fortunate in the choosing of the recipes I have made. Without doubt we all love those over the top desserts and dishes to serve on special occasions and for those fives are a given. For me equally important are the recipes used in the daily meal preparation. Recipes enjoyed by my family be it a simple soup, salad or casserole are right up there with the 'over the tops' and share equal billing. Yes five star ratings ... if my family enjoyed, I would serve to invited guests, take to a pot luck, coffee hour or bake sale. <br /></p> <p>Aside from cooking and baking I admit that my interest in gardening exceeds that of the norm. I collect cookbooks, my favorites being the community and church cookbooks that have everyone sharing their favorite recipes. Enjoy yard sales on occasion but tend to keep my hands in my pockets, cannot completely resist when it comes to the glassware, baskets and of course cookbooks. I take great pleasure in reading with non fiction being my first choice when it comes to the choosing.</p>
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