"More Please!" Casserole

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Pat Morris

By
@AugustaPat

I moved to Cocoa, FL a couple years after high-school. About once a year the Brevard Sentinel Newspaper had a fairly large insert of recipes from the readers. I still have two of those inserts (the middle 60s). This recipe is one I copied “way back then” and have used over the years. Since it's just me (and my kitty cat)now, I usually just make it for covered dishe events(as I did yesterday evening). It is great for a large family or crowd. I usually serve with biscuits.

There are different versions of it. When I make this, everyone enjoys it and after one helping states, "More" Please

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
Serves:
8-10
Cook:
45 Min

Ingredients

1 lb
ground beef (you can use ground turkey)
1 c
chopped onions
1 pkg
(8 oz.) egg noodles, cooked (i use no yolks)
1 pkg
(10 oz.) frozen peas, thawed
1 can(s)
(12 oz.) whole-kernel corn, drained (i use frozen)
1 can(s)
(8 oz.) mushroom pieces, drained
1 can(s)
(8-1/4 oz.) water chestnuts, drained & diced
1 can(s)
(10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
1-1/2 c
milk
1 Tbsp
chili powder
1 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
2 tsp
salt
1 tsp
garlic powder
1 lb
(4 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Step-By-Step

1Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2In large skillet, over medium heat, cook ground beef and onions until meat is browned and onions are tender. Spoon off drippings; discard.

Add next 5 ingredients and toss well. Set aside.
3Spoon into a 4 quart casserole.
4In medium saucepan, heat soup and remaining ingredients, except cheese, until bubbly, stirring occasionally.
5Stir in 3 cups cheese and heat (reserve 1 cup for top) stirring with wire whisk until cheese is melted.
6Pour over meat-vegetable mixture and stir until well-mixed. (May be prepared in advance to this point and frozen.)
7Cover with foil and bake about 40 minutes, or until bubbly.
8Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Continue cooking 5 more minutes or until cheese melts. Makes 8 -10 servings.
9TO FREEZE: Stir in all cheese; spoon into two 12x8 inch freezer-to-oven dishes. Cover with foil and freeze up to 1 month. To serve, place frozen in 350 degree oven and bake, covered for 1-1/2 hours until hot and bubbly.
10NOTE: Because I have made this many times over the years, I have made a few changes (for the better) and learned some short cuts, which I added in the recipe. Also, instead of making the whole recipe (if you don't have many people to feed) you can half the recipe to make a smaller amount -or as I stated above, make the whole recipe and freeze half of it.

To make it faster to prepare, instead of making it right before I get ready to cook it, I cook the meat and onions (with the chili powder, garlic and salt added at that point); discard any drippings and refrigerate over-night or a day or two before I am going to complete and bake the casserole.

About "More Please!" Casserole

Course/Dish: Beef, Casseroles
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #easy, #Yummy