It’s a question we are all faced with daily. Whether the choice is what to make or what restaurant to go to, we all have to answer this question 365 nights a year!
I was lucky enough to have a mother who actually had an answer to this question when I asked her in the morning on my way to the bus stop! I think she was extraordinary in this.
If you are like me, the phrase “what’s for supper?” gives you general anxiety. However, my love of good food has forced me to find great restaurants and recipes that are both delicious and easy to make (I don’t like using a lot of bowls or pans to make a meal).
I would like to share with you some of my and my mother’s favorite recipes and also my reviews of some local restaurants.
The first recipe I want to share is actually from my friend Kristen. It is a popular recipe that I have altered slightly. It is a great because it is easy, feeds quite a few people and is a great leftover. It can also be adjusted for your personal taste.
After you make this for the first time you will see what you liked about it and what you might change for next time (more pasta, more sauce, add different veggies). This is great the way that it is but it is very adaptable. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
Martha’s Company Casserole
4-5 cups (dry) of your favorite pasta. (Med. Shells, elbow, penne, flat egg noodle) you may also use brown rice pasta, which is gluten free.
1 lb. ground meat (turkey or beef)
1 tbsp. olive oil
2-8 oz. cans of tomato sauce (you may use 3 cans if you like more sauce)
16 oz. cottage cheese (I like the Hood brand toasted onion and chive, you can use plain or another flavor if you wish)
¼ cup sour cream (regular or light)
1-8 oz. container of whipped cream cheese. (I use the Philadelphia whipped chive flavor, but you may use another flavor or the plain)
1/3 cup minced green onion
1 tbsp. diced peppers, any color you want, green, red, orange, or yellow.
1 tsp. salt
Cook noodles as directed, drain and set aside.
Sauté meat in the olive oil until brown, stir in the tomato sauce and salt. Mix and then remove from heat to cool
In a bowl, combine cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, green onion and peppers. Blend well.
Spread ½ of the noodles in a 9×13 pan or in a 4 qt. casserole bowl.
Spread all of the cheese mixture on top of the noodles.
Top cheese with the remaining noodles.
Finally, pour the meat and tomato mixture on the top and spread evenly. You may also add some shredded cheese on top if you like.
Bake at 350° for approx 30 min or until bubbling.