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Cheeseburger Pasta Toss

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and minced
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (plus more for sprinkling on top)
  • 4 cups dried fusillii noodles
  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat, stirring occasionally to break up clumps, until brown all over. Drain excess fat.
  2. Increase heat, and add onions, green pepper, and garlic (add other vegetables, if using). Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and their juice, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer, uncovered, while you bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  4. When water boils, add noodles, and cook till al dente, according to package directions.   Drain, reserving a bit of pasta water to loosen the noodles, if necessary.
  5. In the large pot, combine the noodles with the ground beef mixture. The ground beef mixture should be fairly dry, not soupy.
  6. Stir in the cheese until melted.
  7. To serve, sprinkle with more cheese.
  8. If desired, pour the mixture into a casserole dish, top with more cheese, and bake or broil till cheese is browned.

Note: Add any other vegetables you wish to — corn niblets cut off of the cob, a handful of broccoli or cabbage slaw, shredded carrot.  Anything goes!

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Hashbrown Egg Breakfast Casserole

Serves 4 to 6 people

  • 16 ounces frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 4 thin deli slices smoked ham, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar, shredded and divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ to ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 11” x 7” casserole dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the hashbrowns, ham, green onions, and 1 cup of the cheese. Turn into greased casserole dish.
  3. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour evenly over the potato mixture.
  4. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of cheese on top.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown.
  6. Rest for 5 minutes before serving. Good with hot sauce!

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Grandma Ruth’s Wild Rice Casserole

This is one of my absolute favourites from my childhood.  My mom made it with local wild rice.  It needs to be started a day ahead, so requires planning!  This recipe serves 4 people, but is very easily doubled.

  • 1 cup wild rice
  • boiling water
  •  ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ lb mushrooms, sliced or chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons sherry
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Wash the rice under cool running water, then place in a heatproof dish or bowl.
  2. Cover the wild rice with boiling water.  Let stand for 30 minutes, then drain.
  3. For a second time, cover the wild rice with boiling water, and let sit until cool.
  4. Melt the butter in a large pan, add onion, almonds, and mushrooms, and sauté until golden.
  5. Mix in the rice, and stir until well coated.
  6. Pour the broth, sherry, and salt into the rice mixture, and transfer into a baking dish.
  7. Cover and let sit overnight in the fridge.
  8. The following day, bake for 1 ½ hours at 350F

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Shipwreck Casserole

A bit of a pain to assemble, and not very gourmet, but once it’s put together it can just sit unattended for two hours in a 350F oven.  Reminds me of 70’s fare and the foil packed dinners that we used to make for camp fire cooking.

  • 2 large onions, sliced thinly
  • 2 medium potatoes, sliced thinly
  • 1 lb lean ground beef, or lamb
  • ½ cup long grain white rice, uncooked
  • ½ to 1 cup finely diced celery
  • 10 oz condensed tomato soup
  • 10 oz soup can of very hot or boiling water
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • dried or fresh herbs, to taste
  1. Spread onions over the bottom of a greased 2-quart lidded casserole dish; sprinkle with salt and pepper and herbs, if using.
  2. Lay the sliced potatoes over the onions, and sprinkle with salt and pepper and herbs, if using.
  3. Pat the ground beef evenly over the potatoes; sprinkle with salt and pepper and herbs, if using.
  4. Evenly distribute the dry rice over the ground beef.
  5. Spread diced celery over the rice and ground beef; sprinkle with salt and pepper and herbs, if using.
  6. Mix soup and hot water together, and pour over top of the casserole.
  7. Cover the dish, and bake, covered, in a 350F oven for 2 hours until vegetables are tend

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Shepherd’s Pie

A finished Shepherd's Pid

The finished pie

  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Plus: 1/2 cup cream, salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped small
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed or peeled, and chopped small
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped finely
  • 1/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1/3 cup fresh or frozen cut green beans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup beef or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup red wine (can use stock, if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme (or 1tsp dried)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried)
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Place the potatoes and garlic in a large pot of cold, salted, water over medium high heat.  Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes.  Drain well, then put the potatoes and garlic back into the pot and mash them 1/2 cup of cream (or milk) with a few tablespoons of butter, salt and pepper . Taste for seasoning.  Beat with a wooden spoon until fluffy, set aside.
  3. In a large, deep skillet, cook ground beef or lamb for about 5-10 minutes or until browned.  Spoon off excess fat and remove meat.
  4. Wipe down the skillet and add the vegetable oil. Bring to a medium heat.  Add the onion, carrot, celery, corn and green beans.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 15 minutes.  Add the ground meat back to the skillet and cook for another 5 minutes or so until hot.
  5. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes.  Add the stock and wine , thyme, rosemary, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Taste the meat mixture and adjust seasonings.
  6. Scoop meat and vegetable mixture into a 9″ deep dish pie plate. Spoon and smooth the mashed potatoes on top.
  7. Scatter the cut butter over the top of the potatoes and bake until browned, 35 minutes.

Note: you could use water if you don’t have stock or wine — just make sure that you have enough salt and pepper.

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Lazy Pirogi Casserole

(this recipe is from the “Sister McGuigan School Cookbook”, which was a gift from far away cousins many many years ago! )

  • Fresh sheet noodles for 9×13”pan –enough for 3 layers, or 9 lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp onion salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp onion salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup butter (yes!)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • Crumbled cooked bacon (optional), approximately 6-8 slices.  This is our family’s non-vegetarian addition 😉

Cook the noodles and line the bottom of a 9×13” pan with them.

In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese, egg and onion salt.  Spoon over noodles and spread, then cover with a layer of noodles.

Mix cheddar cheese, salt, onion salt, and pepper with the potatoes.  Spread over the noodles.  Cover with a third and final layer of noodles.

Heat butter until hot, then sauté onions until transparent.  Pour evenly over noodles.  Cover with foil, and bake in 350F oven for 30 minutes.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  If using, sprinkle crumbled bacon evenly over top of pan.  Serve with sour cream.

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Grandma Ruth’s Wild Rice

As sent to me by my Mom (unedited).  For my updated version, check here.


Quick soak method for the wild rice:

  • Wash required amount of rice in colander
  • Stir rice into 3 times the amount of boiling water (1 c. rice-3 cups water)
  • Par boil for 5 minutes only
  • Remove from heat. Let soak in the same water (covered) for 1 hour
  • Drain, wash and cook as directed in following recipe

Method:

  • Required amount of cooked rice (I fill the casserole I want to use)

Heat in frying pan:

  • ¼ c. butter

Add the following, and sauté for about 5 minutes:

  • 1 med sized onion finely chopped,
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder,
  • ½ lb. Fresh mushrooms, sliced.
  • ½ cup slivered almonds

Mix into wild rice and pour over mixture:

  • 1 can consommé and salt and pepper to taste.

Bake in 350 degree oven for about an hour.  You will be able to tell when it’s done.

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