T'was the Night Before Company: Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole
T'was the Night Before Company Casseroles - A Poem
T’was the night before company and all through my house,
Every creature was stirring including the spouse~
Our shopping was done and the plans were in gear,
To cook a big feast for those who’d be here~
First on the menu was salad for all,
Then rolls and then veggies would answer the call~
I thought and I thought what the main dish could be,
as I needed to feed all my sweet company~
I thumbed through my bible of main recipes,
and opened a section with greatest of ease~
And laying a finger aside of my nose,
I knew what I’d make as I pointed to “those!”
“Of Course!”, as I raised my arms to the sky,
“I’ll make three maybe four” with a gleam in my eye.
I shouted out loud from my head to my soles,
Merry Christmas to all, we’re having casseroles!
Casseroles: A Classic Favorite
The casseroles we know today are a relatively modern invention. Early 18th century casserole recipes consisted of rice that was pounded, pressed, and filled with a savory mixture of meats such as chicken or sweetbreads. Sometime around the 1870s this sense of casserole seems to have slipped into its current sense. Cooking in earthenware containers has always been common in most nations, but the idea of casserole cooking as a one-dish meal became popular in America in the twentieth century, especially in the 1950s when new forms of lightweight metal and glassware appeared on the market. By the 1970s casseroles took on a less-than sophisticated image.
Casseroles were a big part of my growing up. If we weren’t eating them at our house, then we were somehow finding a way to get ourselves invited for dinner at our friends.
Needless to say, I like casseroles. Nope. Let me rephrase that. I LOVE CASSEROLES!
Casseroles have taken on a whole new arena in the way they are created and presented.
Chicken, beef, tofu, veggie, noodle, cheese, bean, and on and on. It’s endless. I believe that what makes a casserole so unique is that they are actually indeed UNIQUE! Even the traditional chicken casserole has the opportunity to change it up a bit. There are hundreds of ways to make a chicken casserole.
I have often pondered the thought of making one different casserole a week. You know, try something new. It would almost be like visiting a different country every week! Ok..well..not quite, but how fun would it be to see just how daring I could get with a different casserole. Get away from the everyday doldrums of cooking.
I started looking through the casseroles I have made in the past and remembered asking myself, “what if I added this or added that?" Hahaha….I have to admit.. some of them I ended up giving to Candy, my German Short-haired Pointer.
I have become better as I get older. Well, at least I'd like to think so. But I will let you be the judge of that.
This recipe for Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole makes you look twice and think, “Those ingredients? Really?”
But trust me, it’s a great casserole and kids love it!
Casseroles are perfect for preparing them the day or night before you will actually serve them. It is so easy to prepare. Then, all you have to do is put your casserole in the oven 1 hour before company comes. This way you can tend to other important matters.
Since I’m big on salads, I suggest serving this yummy casserole with a small dinner salad.
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Prep and Bake Time
Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole
- 8 cups Noodles (1lb) cooked & drained, (I like to use spinach noodles for the added color)
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 2 lbs Ground beef, (can be substituted with ground turkey)
- 4-8oz. cans tomato sauce
- 2 cups cottage cheese (small curd)
- 2-8oz pkgs. cream cheese, softened
- ½ cups sour cream
- 2/3 cups scallions, minced
- 1 tbsp green peppers, minced
- Brown meat in butter and stir in tomato sauce.
- Combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, scallions, and green pepper in separate bowl.
- Put half the noodles in bottom of buttered casserole; cover with cheese mixture.
- Cover with remaining noodles. Top with tomato meat sauce.
- Cover and chill overnight so flavors can blend.
- Preheat oven to Bake 375⁰ and bake for 45 minutes.
- Serve with a tossed green dinner salad.
Nutritional Value for Noodle and Ground Beef Casserole
|Serving size: 1 Cup|
|Calories from Fat||108|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 12 g||18%|
|Saturated fat 6 g||30%|
|Carbohydrates 16 g||5%|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 18 g||36%|
|Cholesterol 74 mg||25%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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About the Author
Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.
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