Wednesday, September 10, 2008

#1_ Gregg's Favorite Hamburger Casserole

This is one of those QUICK & EASY recipes. I can't tell you where I got the recipe from, I wish I can. All I know is that I acquired it somewhere. I've had it for a while and it 's been Gregg's favorite. You'll notice here that I didn't use any salt. That's because the soup has 30% sodium per can. That's a lot of salt! Plus the salt from the cheese, not to mention the salt in the corn.

1 med size onion, minced
3 lbs. ground beef (80/15)
2 cans tomato soup
2 cans water, (use the soup can to measure)
1 can whole kernel corn
3 cups shell pasta or ziti,uncooked
1- 8oz. tomato sauce
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup grated mozarella cheese
1 can olives, sliced
1. Heat a skillet. Without using oil or water, brown the hamburger with the onion, stirring ocassionally. Drain the meat in a collander and discard any liquid/grease left in the skillet.
2. Put back browned meat in the skillet and to it add the tomato soups, water, tomato sauce and the pasta. Mix all together, cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
3. Add the corn and olives and mix to blend well
4. Pour mixture in a baking dish and bake in 350 degrees oven for 45 minutes.
5. Take out from oven and sprinkle the cheese on top. Put it back in oven and continue to bake for 5 minutes or till cheese are melted.

You can prepare this dish ahead of time even the night before. Follow procedure down to 4 but donot bake it. Instead, cover with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge and pop it in the oven when you're ready to bake it.

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