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Monday, July 14, 2014

Farmers' Pizza Casserole

This seems like a kind of comfort food-- it could 
be because I'm recalling how often we relied 
on casseroles during our busy 
(and often unpredictable) dairy farming days.

Servings 10-12

  • 8-12 oz. egg noodles, cooked just until tender
  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
  • Salt according to preference
  • 1 tablespoon green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 14 oz. jar or can of pizza sauce (You could make your own with the same amount of tomato sauce and oregano or Italian seasoning.)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Brown beef with chopped onion and chopped pepper. 
  • Add pizza sauce.  Set aside.
  • While the meat is browning, cook the noodles just until tender.  Set aside.
  • In med. sized bowl, combine sour cream, cottage cheese and softened cream cheese. Set aside.
  • Place just one-half the cooked noodles in a buttered or sprayed  9x13" baking dish. 
  • Cover with the cheese mixture.  As shown below, I first dropped dollops of the cheesy mixture on the noodles and, after the heat of the noodles warmed up the dollops, they were easy to spread out... 
  • Next, add the remaining cooked noodles...
  • Top with beef mixture.
  • Cover top tightly with foil, and bake at 350-degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the Mozzarella cheese on top and return to oven, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is evenly melted.  Like this...


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