Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Company Casserole

I want to name this something else, the name just doesn't do it justice!
My Grandma makes this, and I adore it!

It is so rich, creamy and so not good for you that it is my definition of comfort food.

I changed a few things from the original-but Grandma Betty, you rock!
  • 12 oz. Penne (or any other noodle you like or have on hand
  • 1 lb. Hamburger
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 15 oz. Tomato Sauce (or 2 regular size cans of Tomato Soup)
  • 8 oz. Cottage Cheese (or 6 ozRicotta if you don't like the Cottage Cheese texture)
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese-softened
  • 1/2 c. Sour Cream
  • 2 TBS butter-melted
  • Salt & Pepper, Basil (or any other seasonings you would like to use)
  1. Heat oven to 375
  2. Cook Noodles according to directions, and drain.
  3. Meanwhile-in a hot pan start your garlic-then add beef, salt and pepper, basil and/or other seasonings of your choice. Cook until browned completely.
  4. Stir in Tomato Sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. In a seperate bowl combine cottage cheese, cream cheese and sour cream.
  6. In a rectangle baking pan (9x13 is perfect) spread 1/2 the noodles, cover with cheese mixture, then the rest of noodles-drizzle with melted butter, then the meat and sauce goes on top.
  7. Bake uncovered 30 minutes or until heated through.

Serves about 6 hungry adults. Perfect for company-hence the name.

When I make this, I usually double the recipe and freeze one-or bring to someone who just had a baby or something.


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