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Goody casserole

Posted September 03, 2014 in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Community Featured, Beaverdale, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Perry, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

photoThis casserole recipe was a favorite with our family when our three boys were growing up, and a favorite for my husband. It also serves as a good comfort food when the weather turns chilly and you want something warm and yummy in the tummy. It uses basic ingredients that most people have on hand, so it’s easy to put together and stick in the oven for a quick, tasty dinner.

I wrestled with my choices for a recipe this month, so asked my husband for his advice. His response was a big yes for Goody Casserole — it’s definitely one of his all-time favorites. It is also a great dish to prepare and take to another family that might be in need of an easy dinner to stick in the oven. It has ingredients that most people are able to eat, and it’s easy and delicious. My husband and I rarely eat pasta, as we have  eliminated most wheat from our diets. I made it tonight with zucchini noodles and tomato sauce made from veggies from our garden. You can substitute or adjust ingredients according to taste or what you have on hand. This certainly isn’t a fancy dish, but one that is a basic recipe that should satisfy most hungry diners around your dinner table.

Goody casserole
One lb. ground beef or turkey
One 16 oz. can whole kernel corn
One can tomato soup
One onion, chopped
7 oz. spaghetti, cooked and drained
1/2 lb. grated cheddar cheese *

1. Brown meat and onion. Add corn, soup and spaghetti. Heat through.
2. Alternate spaghetti mixture with cheese in a greased 2-quart casserole, ending with cheese.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and brown. 4. Allow to sit for 15 minutes or so before serving.
*(Instead of grated cheddar cheese, you could substitute thin slices of American cheese.)

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