From the kitchen of the casserole queen: For the love of cheese

If you don’t know already I live in Wisconsin. Does this mean I was born with a block of cheese in my hand? Pretty much. There are a lot of stereotypes about Wisconsinites and most of them are probably true. The truest for me is my love of cheese. What better way to express my love of cheese to you than by sharing two of my favorite cheesy casseroles! These are both easy weeknight meals that can be altered to taste. Just so you know I make up the names of these casseroles as I go along 😉

Cheesy Hamburger Noodle Casserole

1 pound hamburger

1 cup cheese

1/2 bag of egg noodles

1 can mushrooms

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 onion chopped

The prep is going to go really fast. Not that I think you can’t go fast but I want to give you a heads up. I actually start off by frying my hamburger because egg noodles seem to cook so fast. Then it’s on to the onion. I sautee the onion in a separate pan from the hamburger and at the end I dump the mushrooms in with the onion. While all of this exciting stuff is going on I boil my noodles. After everything is done on the stove top I mix all of the ingredients together in a 9×13 casserole pan except for the cheese. I shred my cheese right on top of everything after it is mixed up and then I pop it in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. I do cover this and pretty much all of my casseroles with tin foil. After it’s all done get ready for some cheesy goodness 🙂

Cheesy Italian Bake

1 pound hamburger

1 cup sour cream

1 jar spaghetti sauce (I usually use a marinara or more of a plain sauce)

1/2 box Rotini noodles

1 can mushrooms

1 cup mozzarella cheese

Dash of Oregano

Dash of Parsley

First off boil the noodles and fry the hamburger. While you are doing that you can mix the rest of the ingredients (minus the cheese)  in a 9×13 casserole pan. I usually season my meat with Oregano and Parsley and then add a little more to the mixture in the pan.  Add the hamburger, noodles and a little cheese and then mix together. After that sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and pop it in the oven; covered at 350 for about 40 minutes. This recipe usually makes a lot so you should have plenty for leftovers.

I hope you enjoy these recipes and as always if you have any questions, comments or add something to make it better let me know 🙂

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Cheesy Italian Bake
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Cheesy Hamburger Bake

 

 

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From the kitchen of the casserole queen

My husband calls me the casserole queen because he claims that is pretty much all I make for supper. I can’t help it they are so easy and good 🙂 I do not claim to be a professional, but I do enjoy getting in my kitchen and whippin up something good to eat. On the menu tonight is tuna noodle casserole. I love tuna noodle casserole. Making supper can be such a pain in the bun after a long day out in the world so I like to come up with meals that don’t take so long to prep and use a small amount of dishes. (Not that I invented tuna casserole) Most of my meals I have to alter because some people here are kinda picky 😉 Since I am in a sharing type of mood I am going to share one of my fav’s.

But first I want to tell the story of when I cooked for husband for the first time. I had not really entered the wide world of cooking yet so I had not idea what I was doing. I decided I was going to make chicken breasts. I don’t even remember how they tasted. Probably not good; I don’t even think I seasoned them. Out of the package and into the oven they went. Three naked little chicken breasts in one of husbands manly casserole pans with a manly glass lid. (Not sure where he got the casserole pan and lid from.) They probably got overcooked because I was and still am scared of food poisoning. Chicken can be a cruel mistress if you don’t cook it long enough. After the tanned chicken breasts came out of the oven I took the glass cover off of the casserole pan and decided it would be a good idea to rinse the cover. I turned on the faucet to cold and put the cover underneath that nice cool water. Then bam, the glass cover exploded into tiny pieces. Cooking tip #1 don’t rinse anything that is glass with cold water when it is still hot. Husband said the look on my face was priceless. I just stood over the sink with my mouth wide open. I am really surprised that I didn’t get a piece of glass lodged in my eye or my throat since my mouth was open. I now can say tin foil is one of my bff’s in the kitchen. Anyway, let’s get to the cheesy goodness of my tuna noodle casserole 😀

Tuna Noodle Casserole

1 box Rotini noodles (or any kind you have)

2 cans of tuna

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1 cup of milk

1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese (or more)

1 cup of Corn Flakes for the top of this cheesy goodness

I boil my noodles before I add them to the casserole. Some people don’t, I have never had a problem so you can do whatever makes you feel comfortable. Mix the first four ingredients together and top with cheese. Then pour those Corn Flakes all over that wonderful creation. Now if you wanted to get wild and crazy you can use potato chips for your topper and put peas (yuck) in with your casserole. I swear I am not the picky one but I do hate peas. I prefer to have some corn with my tuna casserole. I don’t actually put the corn inside of the casserole; I spoon it on top but you don’t have to eat like me 😉 Then pop that baby in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. After it’s all said and done your prep time is pretty much as long as it takes your noodles to boil and how long it takes you dump everything in a pan. The dishes you use are one pan, one strainer, one pot and one can-opener.  Easy prep easy clean-up 🙂 This recipe feeds three but it is totally easy to double and add to. I know this sounds like a no-brain er supper but it tastes soooo good. It’s one of those that if you forget to pull something out for supper and you think “Oh well we will just have something easy” and then you get the LOOK when supper isn’t ready; you can whip it up faster than the WORDS come out of the snarky person that started the whole dang thing. Since I actually made this wonderful little dish tonight I will share some pics. Now don’t judge me; I didn’t put a piece of grass on top or whatever that stuff is to dress it up and I don’t have a kitchen that looks like it came off of Pinterest. I also used two different kinds of noodles cause I didn’t have enough of one kind. I was going to keep it a secret but you can totally tell in the picture. There is no cornflakes either because someone told me they “were over Corn Flakes” (Gosh maybe I should have waited to post this.) Here goes nothin’  If you try this recipe let me know what you think!

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Before oven
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After oven and on plate