December 31, 2003 at 1:27 p.m.
The kids will like this if they like pizza––and what kid doesn’t!
8 oz. thin spaghetti or vermicelli cooked according to package directions, drained
1/2 c. milk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 lb. bulk Italian sausage or lean ground beef
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
1/2 c. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced or 3/4 t. garlic powder
1-15 oz. can pizza sauce
1 t. Italian seasoning
1-4 oz. can mushroom stems and pieces, drained (optional)
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
In a bowl, beat together milk and egg; add cooked spaghetti; toss to coat. Spread evenly on the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan.
In a skillet, over medium heat, brown sausage; pour off fat. Add green pepper, onion and garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add pizza sauce and seasoning; simmer 10 minutes. Spoon over spaghetti. Top with mushrooms, then cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serves 4-6.
This recipe tastes a bit like a full-bodied chili dish.
BEEF AND RICE CASSEROLE
1 T. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1-1/2 lbs ground beef
1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1-15 oz. can kidney beans, drained
1 c. regular rice (not instant)
salt and pepper to taste
3 slices American cheese, halved
Melt shortening in large skillet; saute onion and pepper over medium heat 4-5 minutes, stirring often. Add beef, saute, stirring until browned. Stir in tomatoes, beans and rice. Season with salt and pepper. (I add a little garlic powder, too.)
Turn into greased 3-qt. casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, covered. Remove cover and top with cheese slices. Bake 8-10 minutes longer. Serves 6-8.
This is a delicious potato/ground beef casserole that you might try.
HAMBURGER VEGGIE CASSEROLE
1-1/2 lbs. ground beef
3 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1-1/2 c. frozen peas
1-4 oz. can mushrooms, drained (optional)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 c. sour cream
In a large skillet, brown ground beef, drain. Turn into the bottom of an ungreased 3 qt. casserole. Layer potatoes, onions and peas over top. Sprinkle mushrooms over this. Combine soup and sour cream in a bowl, mixing well. Spread over casserole, sealing to edges. Bake at 375 degrees one hour. Serves 6.
While the oven is going, mix up these brownies for a quick dessert.
1-1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. baking cocoa
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. butter or margarine (not spread)
2 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla
1 c. flaked coconut
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Melt butter in a 2 qt. saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; add 2 c. sugar, beat well with a spoon. Mix in eggs and vanilla; blend well. Stir dry ingredients into mixture, mixing thoroughly. Stir in coconut.
Spread mixture into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Combine chips and nuts; sprinkle over top of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool on rack. Makes about 24 large bars.
I hope your holiday celebrations were happy ones and that you have good memories of the past year. I wish you peace, love and happiness with family and friends