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Casseroles, Main Dishes, Pasta

Easy Beef Noodle Casserole

August 14, 2017
Beef Noodle Casserole

I think grandmothers are magic. Think about it…have you ever pulled an old family recipe out of Grandma’s collection that tasted bad? Never. Their classic and simple recipes are always so comforting and delicious. Like this easy family recipe for Beef Noodle Casserole.

On a recent trip down memory lane, my husband and I were flipping through his grandmother’s recipe box. She called this recipe “Noodle Pleaser”. Simply prepared with tomato sauce, ground beef, cream cheese, and wide egg noodles, there is no doubt as to why it got that name.

I bet just about every family has one of these beef noodle casseroles in their recipe file. Easy, cheesy and comforting. This is the kind of meal I want my kids to come home to.

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Beef, Casseroles, Main Dishes, Mexican

Salsa Chorizo Casserole

April 26, 2017
Salsa Chorizo Casserole

I have an addiction to Mexican food. Mexican-American.  Tex-Mex.  Authentic Mexican.  Just about any recipe with that flavor profile is a home run for me.  Is it the big bold flavors?  The passionate use of cheese?  The bright and colorful ingredients? Salsa Chorizo Casserole captures all of these things I love.

Did I just say “passionate use of cheese”?

(awkward silence)

Warning…this recipe also includes the wanton use of salsa verde and chorizo.

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Casseroles, Italian, Main Dishes, Mothers Day, Pasta

Sausage Asparagus Pasta Bake

March 27, 2017
Sausage Asparagus Pasta Bake

There are only five ingredients in this delicious Sausage Asparagus Pasta Bake. Five! Fresh and healthy asparagus paired with sweet Italian sausage is a great combination.

Pick your favorite pasta or use what you have in your pantry. We used whole grain penne pasta for this main dish recipe. (Why? They are the same shape and size as the asparagus.)

All you do is prepare, stir, top with cheese and bake.

Hearty, saucy and yummy!

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Casseroles, My Favorite Recipes, Potatoes, Sides

Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin

March 20, 2017
Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe

When you take an innocent potato and add serious levels of pepper jack cheese, bacon, and jalapenos, you end up with a crave-worthy side dish. Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin recipe just might be the best thing since…well…potatoes au gratin.

Let me repeat. Potatoes.  Pepper jack cheese.  Bacon.  Jalapenos. 

My advice? Put on your fat pants.

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Casseroles, Main Dishes, Pasta

Spicy Cajun Pasta

December 21, 2016
Spicy Cajun Pasta

Big, bold spicy flavor, baby! That’s what this Spicy Cajun Pasta is all about.

This is one of those casserole recipes where the kids are like “Mom, this is spicy!” while they keep shoveling it into their mouths. Yes!

Smoked Cajun style sausage served in spaghetti and colorful peppers and topped with creamy cheese. You’ll go back for seconds, and possibly thirds. BONUS: this makes a large pan, so you will have enough for lunch the next day.

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Casseroles, Essentials, Holiday, Sides

Bacon Green Bean Casserole

December 15, 2016

My biggest problem with a normal green bean casserole? It doesn’t have enough green beans in it. You know how it is really kind of soupy?

I really love the flavor of a traditional green bean casserole. The yummy crunchy onions on top are my favorite part. But why should the onions be someone’s favorite part of a green bean casserole?

After much thought of how to make this standard recipe better, I came to a very obvious conclusion.  This dish needs more beans, less “mush”, more cheese…and my BFF Bacon. When in doubt, get the bacon out. (Note to self…make a t-shirt.)

Yep. This Bacon Green Bean Casserole is better than your mom’s.

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Casseroles, Featured, Holiday, My Favorite Recipes, Potatoes, Sides

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

May 29, 2016
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

No more boring mashed potatoes! It is no big secret that more butter, more cheese and more sour cream turn a plain old potato into the star of the meal. Our Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole is a perfect dish for family get-togethers, potlucks, or just a regular Tuesday night.

This recipe is inspired by my husband’s sweet aunt. I can’t remember it word for word, because she was telling me the recipe while we were eating it. My focus was on getting another forkful in my mouth. But I think I got it pretty close. Butter, sour cream, cheese. Yep! My kind of recipe from my kind of lady!

There are no special skills required. If you can hold a fork, you can make this cheesy and easy side dish!

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Casseroles, Italian, Kid Friendly Recipes, Main Dishes, Pasta

Easy Spaghetti Casserole

April 25, 2016
Wanna make everyone happy? Our Easy Spaghetti Casserole is your answer. Pasta, cream cheese & sauce topped with gooey cheese? Yeah, this is good.

This is an Easy Spaghetti Casserole that everyone in the family will love. Perfect for weeknights, too, because you might just have enough leftover for lunch at work the next day.

Made with hot pasta, cream cheese, zesty meaty tomato sauce and ooey-gooey cheese…can you really go wrong?

The secret to make this easy casserole so delicious isn’t the pasta or the sauce…

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