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Straight From Nana Beth’s Kitchen!

Company Casserole

Got a hectic schedule and got company coming on top of it all? This is a great crowd pleaser, serves up to 6 people, and it’s a “make ahead” dish that only takes 45- 60 minutes to bake, from fridge to oven.

It’s one of my kids favorites and I love the fact that it can be made ahead, and I’m always asked for the recipe after my guests sample it. Great for church suppers, or potluck, too.

Ingredients are as follows:

8 oz. Package of wide noodles – cook and drain
1 Tablespoon margarine or butter – in skillet
1 pound of ground beef –brown
2 –8oz. Cans of Hunts tomato sauce –stir in with meat
(you can season this with spices or add pizza or spaghetti sauce to flavor)

In a bowl combine:

½ pound of cottage cheese (1 cup)
8 oz. of cream cheese –softened
¼ cup sour cream

Mix with beater then add:

2 Tablespoons of minced onion
1/3 cup of scallions
2 Tablespoons of green peppers

Mix in with cheese mixture.

In large 2 quart casserole dish or oven safe bowl, spread ½ noodles – cover with cheese mixture—then the remaining noodles.

Pour 2 Tablespoons of melted margarine or butter over the top of noodles. Pour meat sauce on top.

Chill for an hour, at least, if planning on serving it same day. At this point you can make this dish the night before, or the day before, and then place in oven, heat at 375* for 45-60 minutes, with top on casserole.

This is great with a tossed salad and rolls.

If you have recipes you’d like to share, or questions about a recipe you can’t find, please contact Nana Beth at
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