Simple Taquito Casserole

If you’ve been hanging around my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I have a thing for Mexican food or Mexican inspired food. I just love the flavors, and the colors, and I really love how you can control how much heat is in your Mexican food. You can enjoy Mexican food from 4 alarm fire hot to mild. I’m a medium. I love lots of flavor, with just a bit of a kick.

Also, if you haven’t stopped to take a breather lately, it’s because you’re busy as all get out! A lot of folks are busy, you’re not alone. You’ve got holiday things to do, kids in sports, house cleaning to the best that time allows, dinner to prepare and lets not forget about that day job, right?! Oh, and are the In-Law’s coming? Now, I can help with at least two of those. For the In-Laws coming, I highly recommend one of two things, my Candy Cane Cocktail, or this Eggnog Mudslide over at Lemon Tree Dwelling. They are both incredibly delicious and will make the In-Laws thing a lot easier. 😂

The second thing I can help you with, is getting dinner on the table on these busy nights, of course! That’s what I’m here for folks! For me, this “recipe” is more of a hack than a real recipe. Whatever you want to call it, I call it Simple Taquito Casserole, and you won’t believe how incredibly easy this is!

I start off with a box of Spanish rice mix. My favorite is Zatarain’s, but use whatever your prefer. Prepare the rice mix as directed on the box using the diced tomatoes. You can do this way in advance if you wish. I do it a little earlier than I need it, just to give it time to cool down a bit. Then you’re gonna dump the rice into a large bowl along with some frozen corn, black beans, enchilada sauce, and some cheese. Mix it all up and then spread onto the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish.

Now take your box of frozen taquitos, beef or chicken, whatever you like, and place them in a single layer on top of the rice mixture.

Top the taquitos with the remaining enchilada sauce and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 35 minutes. Top with remaining cheese, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted and taquitos are heated through.

Serve it up with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

 

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Simple Taquito Casserole Yum
Recipe by: Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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  1. Prepare spanish rice mix according to package directions using the diced tomatoes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, stir the prepared Spanish rice, frozen corn, beans, enchilada sauce and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese until well blended. Spread onto the bottom of prepared baking dish.
  4. Top mixture with taquitos and remaining enchilada sauce and bake for 35 minutes. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted and taquitos are heated through. Serve with your favorite toppings.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Pillsbury

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie

When I think of comfort food, one of the very first things that pop into my mind is Shepherd’s Pie. The first time I ever had this delicious meaty casserole, was in Gresham, Oregon when I attended the Portland Highland Games. It was so delicious, so flavorful, and lots of gravy under those mashed potatoes. I believe they made theirs with lamb, and therefore, probably better than my version. 😂 If you have the money to spend, and want to use lamb, you go right ahead, cause I would too!

For my version of Shepherd’s pie, I wanted to make it budget friendly, and very very simple without losing delicious flavor.  So what I came up with, was to use ground beef, frozen vegetables, jarred gravy, and leftover mashed potatoes. Whenever I make mashed potatoes, I always make A TON. Seriously. Could feed an army! So I always have leftover mashed potatoes, and this Shepherd’s Pie, is exactly why I do that. Sprinkling paprika on the top of the potatoes just gives it a very pretty color. As far as veggies go, you can use whatever veggies you fancy. I used to make this with a frozen mix (peas, carrots, green beans, corn) but my husband hates peas and he hates corn. So now, if he’s home for dinner, I use just green beans and carrots. Use what you and your family like best.

This makes a lot of servings. I’m guessing about 10-12 maybe. It makes a whole 13×9 dish. If you want, you can bake half of the recipe in a 2-quart dish, and put the other half of the meat mixture into a freezer friendly container and freeze until ready to use. Once you’re ready, just defrost the meat mixture in the refrigerator overnight, then once thawed, transfer to a 2-quart baking dish, top with mashed potatoes, butter and paprika and bake as directed.

Delicious and filling all on it’s own, or if you wish you could serve this with a crisp green salad for an easy weeknight dinner.

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Easy Shepherd's Pie Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
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Cuisine American
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain any fat.
  3. Add gravy, vegetables and seasoning to meat and stir to combine.
  4. Spoon into a 13x9 baking dish and top with mashed potatoes. Drizzle butter over the top and sprinkle with paprika.
  5. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
Recipe Notes

*Feel free to use any veggies you and your family prefer.

**In place of Montreal Steak Seasoning, I have used salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste and it's great that way too!

To cut this recipe in half, prepare as directed, except place half of the meat mixture into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with potatoes, butter and paprika and bake as directed. Place the other half of the beef mixture into a freezer container and freeze. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, pour into a 2-quart casserole, top with potatoes, butter and paprika, and bake as directed.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Candy Cane Cocktail – #SundaySupper

Oh… my… gosh! Have I got a beautiful Winter cocktail for you! You’re going to love this! Is it cocktail hour yet?! Oh who cares, it’s five o’clock somewhere right? You’ve got to try this Candy Cane Cocktail. It’s absolutely one of the most delicious dessert cocktails I’ve ever tasted.

And just to make sure you don’t think I’m being biased, I’m not the only one who thought it was delicious! Here’s proof of one happy customer, my mom-in-law! This is also proof that I like using my family as guinea pigs for my new creations. Muhahahaha!

But seriously, back to this amazing Candy Cane Cocktail. It’s very difficult to not have two, but be careful because with vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, peppermint schnapps and a little half & half, it packs quite a punch, but without having a strong alcohol flavor believe it or not. It’s the perfect combination and ratio for the perfect Winter cocktail.

So thanks to my #SundaySupper family and our wonderful host Christie Campbell from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for sparking Winter Cocktail ideas, I bring to you, the Candy Cane Cocktail. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as my friends and I did. And once you’re finished here, don’t forget to check out my friends from #SundaySupper and their delicious Winter cocktails as well!

Winter Cocktail Recipes

Cocktail Shakers

Winter Wines and Punch

The Sunday Supper Movement is committed to bringing our readers delicious recipes that encourage them to gather and eat together around the family table. Search for your favorite ingredients on our Sunday Supper website. Also check out the Sunday Supper Pinterest boards for plenty more ideas and inspiration.

 

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Candy Cane Cocktail Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
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Cuisine American
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Course Beverages
Cuisine American
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  1. Put a small amount of water into a saucer; set aside. In another saucer, add some red sugar. Dip rim of martini glass in water, and then in sugar; set aside.
  2. Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Add vanilla vodka, white chocolate liqueur, peppermint schnapps and half & half to shaker.
  4. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a candy cane and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Sandra Lee

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Zippy Pork Chili

The days suddenly started getting quite a bit colder. I don’t know if it’s that way where you live, but it certainly got that way around here quite quickly. It seemed like Fall was feeling a lot like Spring for quite some time, and then suddenly the temperature just dropped! Like out of no where, I’m not kidding. Then it warmed up again, we had a bunch of huge thunderstorms, and then the temperature dropped again. I swear Indiana weather doesn’t know if it’s coming or going! For right now though, it’s quite chilly! And speaking of chilly, I have just the recipe to warm you up from the inside out. Zippy Pork Chili! Super easy, super delicious, and it’s done in the slow cooker.

What I like to do is prep everything I can ahead of time. Like, the night before. That way, when I get up in the morning, I just need to dump it in the slow cooker and turn it on.  So I pre-chop everything. Starting with my pork loin, I trimmed off any huge honkin’ pieces of fat, then cut it all up into little bite sized cubes.

Then I chopped up my onion and garlic. That’s all the chopping you need to do for this simple chili recipe.

Heat up some olive oil in a pan, and toss your pork, onion and garlic into the pan and brown the meat. I did this the night before as well, and stored it in a Zip-Loc container in the fridge until the morning. All that’s left to do now is put everything into the slow cooker, cover, and cook. It’ll be ready when you are!

Top it with your favorite chili toppings. I used sour cream, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips. Enjoy!

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Recipe By Christine Titus
Course Stews & Chili
Cuisine American
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Course Stews & Chili
Cuisine American
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  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown pork with onions and garlic until pork is no longer pink. Transfer to slow cooker. Don't worry about cooking it all the way through. It will cook completely in the slow cooker.
  2. Add beans, tomatoes, broth and seasoning mixes to slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. To serve, ladle into bowls and top with sour cream, tortilla chips and shredded cheese, or any of your favorite chili toppings.
Recipe Notes

If you prefer a spicier chili, swap out the cans of diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, for the hotter versions.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Buttery Herbed Green Beans

Hello and happy Sunday to you all! I know, Sunday does mark the end of the weekend, and back to school/work tomorrow, and for me, it also means laundry day. Ugh, how I hate laundry! But Sundays don’t have to be gloomy! One of my favorite things about Sunday is our traditional Sunday dinner. It doesn’t really matter what day you do this on, but for me, it’s important to do this at least once a week. Since The Hubster started working nights, it’s become even more important. During the week he is not around to sit around the table with us at dinner time, but he definitely is on Sundays!

Sunday dinner around my house is basically dinner that consists of more than just a quick thrown together casserole. It’s not always fancy schmancy, in fact it rarely is, but usually it’s a meat & potatoes kinda thing. We have had casseroles and even tacos with a taco bar for everyone to fix their own on Sunday dinner. The major point is to bring everyone together. In the future, our Sunday dinner tradition will hopefully expand as our kids get older, move out, and start families of their own.  That’s my dream anyway. For this Sunday, I have prepared crisp baked pork chops served with mashed potatoes and gravy, and these to die for green beans! Buttery Herbed Green Beans. YUM! I think these work well with just about any main dish, whether it be meatloaf, chicken, pork, or steak. I think it would also accompany fish quite well.

Buttery Herbed Green Beans are a quick and simple side dish using fresh green beans. I love using fresh green beans. In my opinion, fresh has the BEST flavor! To make this is simple. All you do is cook the green beans in some chicken broth. Drain them, and return them back to the pot. Pour melted butter over them, add your garlic and seasonings, and toss to coat. That’s it! You’re done! These are ready that quickly!

Go ahead and give these Buttery Herbed Green Beans a try, and let me know what you think. I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we did!

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Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. In a large sauce pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add green beans, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until they have reached your desired level of doneness.
  2. Once the green beans are cooked to your liking, drain them and put them back in the pot. Pour the melted butter over the green beans, add the seasonings and garlic; toss to coat. Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired. Transfer to a serving bowl, and enjoy!
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Nacho Tacos

It’s no secret that we love Mexican food around here. There’s always at least one night a week where we have Mexican food, or Mexican inspired food. I know plenty of folks who have Taco night or Taco Tuesdays. Perhaps you’re one of them? Or maybe you just like the flavors of Mexican food as much as I do? In either case, I’ve got this great, easy and fun spin on tacos for your next fiesta. Nacho Tacos!

As usual with tacos, the toppings are endless. Use your favorite toppings. To make this a Nacho Taco, you will definitely need to cheese sauce. Don’t worry it’s ridiculously easy. This recipe is super easy, not very time consuming at all, and therefore, prefect for weeknights. You know… like Taco Tuesday!

My family absolutely loved this, including the kids. They like building their own tacos, and who doesn’t like nachos?! It’s a marriage made in heaven! To go along with our Nacho Tacos, I served up some Easy Mexican Salsa Rice, a wonderful and simple recipe I found over at Six Sister’s Stuff. When you’re done here, you  might go check that recipe out. It’s incredibly simple and incredibly yummy! So what are you waiting for? Go make these delicious Nacho Tacos for your family. I hope they enjoy them as much as we did!

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Nacho Tacos Yum
Recipe by: Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
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  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef and onion until the beef is no longer pink, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Drain any fat.
  2. Stir taco seasoning mix and water into beef mixture. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. While the meat is simmering, heat soup in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it's hot and bubbling.
  4. To assemble tacos, spoon taco meat into the taco shells. Top with the soup, lettuce and tomato.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Campbell's

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Tomato Mac & Cheese

Tomato and Mac & Cheese. It’s sounds like a strange combo doesn’t it?! At first, it really did sound crazy to me, but then I thought about it. One of my favorite comfort foods is grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. So why not a Tomato Mac & Cheese? See, not so strange now, is it?

The entire idea behind my recipes as of late, is simplicity. Simple weeknight fall comfort foods. I’m no longer just a mom and housewife. I took a part time job at a school, and although part time, it’s fast paced. It’s a busy busy job, and by the time I’m done there and get home, I’m beat. The last thing I want to think about is dinner. This is where planning ahead, and making things very simple come into play.

This Tomato Mac & Cheese couldn’t be easier. It looks a lot like Dad’s Glop, but don’t get fooled because it’s a totally different flavor. Probably just as easy to prepare though, which is not a bad thing at all. Tired or not, I still need to bring my family around the table. Gathering my family around the table in the evenings, sharing a delicious meal, is so important to me that no matter what, it will not be compromised. With this recipe, you can do it too, and enjoy conversation and reconnecting with your family. To save on precious time, I like to chop my onions and garlic the night before and store them in an air tight container in the fridge. That way when I get home from work, and it’s time to cook dinner, I don’t have to waste precious time chopping the veggies. At this point it’s pretty much a dump and cook recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did, and enjoy some much needed reconnect time with your loved ones.

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Tomato Mac & Cheese Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. In a skillet, cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain any fat if necessary. Season with salt & pepper.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine cooked pasta, the beef mixture, soup, sauce, and milk. Heat mixture over medium heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Campbell's Kitchen

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Wine Pairing Wednesday – Petit Toffee Buttermint Wine Specialty

Oh boy, have I got a treat for you! So, I’m walking through the front doors of the local Aldi grocery store, on a typically normal shopping day, and what catches my eye as I’m trying to quickly pass the wine shelves so I am not tempted to buy things NOT on my list (as if that was really going to work). This beautiful Toffee Buttermint wine. It has a such a delicious blend of toffee, buttermint, and chocolate. How can that ever be wrong? When I saw that bottle, I just had to stop and look at it. “What is it?” I wondered to myself usually out loud and making people think I’m crazy. “How do you drink this? Wonder what it tastes like?” All those typical questions.

Let me take the guess work out of it for you. First step, buy the wine. I have no idea what vineyard distributes this, all I know is I found it at Aldi and haven’t seen it anywhere else. Not even on Amazon! So if you’re lucky enough to have a local Aldi store, you might take a look and see if they have any. My feeling is that it’s probably seasonal. What I do know about this wine, is that it comes from Ireland and it’s about 5.99 a bottle locally. It’s cheap folks, but trust me when I say, it doesn’t taste cheap.

So, on with how to enjoy this wine. You’re going to love this. There are two ways I know to enjoy this wine. First, like the picture above, the obvious way, over some ice. Just pour it over ice, and sip away. Beautiful dessert wine. It tastes as delicious as it sounds. Enjoy it with your favorite dessert, or for dessert like I did.

Another way to enjoy this Toffee Buttermint wine, pour it over ice cream. Seriously. Just pour it over some vanilla ice cream like  you would any other ice cream syrup and enjoy! The richness of this wine pairs exceptionally well with vanilla ice cream.  You won’t regret trying that one.  I do hope you are able to find this delicious dessert wine so you can try it for yourselves, and enjoy it as much as I did, and if you do, and you try something other than on the rocks and over ice cream, please let me know! I’d love to hear  your creative ideas for this awesome Toffee Buttermint Wine!

And as always, my friends, please drink responsibly.

 


Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake

There’s something about hot gooey cheesy casseroles that is just so comforting on rainy days. Like this Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake, with it’s creamy and cheesy goodness. It’s easy to and quick to put together too, which is another added bonus. There’s no chopping involved here since I use frozen potatoes O’brien which already has the onions and peppers. No need to thaw anything so that takes away a lot of the brain work, and believe me, after a long day, I don’t want to think anymore!

All you have to do is dump all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix it up. If you’re not a fan of broccoli, or don’t have any on hand, any frozen vegetable will work. Cauliflower would be great, carrots, green beans, whatever you like. Or maybe even a combination of veggies. Just try to keep it between 12-16 ounces of veggies and you’re golden. If you have leftover ham, this recipe is perfect to help use it up. However, I didn’t have leftover ham, so I bought ham already cubed and ready to go from the grocery store. No chopping involved. Just open the packages and dump.

Spread that deliciousness into a prepared glass 13×9 inch dish, sprinkle with as much or as little Parmesan cheese as you desire, and it’s ready for the oven. I think a grated Asiago cheese would be awesome on this in place of Parmesan, or maybe even a mixture of the two. This dish is really versatile folks.

Pop that baby in the oven, and in 1 hour dinner is ready to enjoy! Add a delicious tossed crisp green salad to accompany this yummy casserole, and you’ve got a well rounded meal, with little effort.

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Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine potatoes O'brien, ham, broccoli, soups, sour cream and cheddar cheese. Mix well.
  4. Spread into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or until bubbly and lightly browned.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from allrecipes.com

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Broccoli-Sausage Macaroni

It’s supposed to be Fall. Right? I mean, here in Southern Indiana, it really doesn’t feel like Fall. We are in desperate need of rain, and we’re still in the mid to upper 80 degree weather! However, the evenings have become a lot cooler. Down in between 55-60. Beautiful nights for some bonfires, if you ask me. In fact, friends are starting to schedule their Fall bonfire parties. Let the potlucks and fires begin! These get togethers are why I love Fall so much. A big part of it anyway. Another reason I love fall, comforting casseroles like this Broccoli-Sausage Macaroni.

Broccoli-Sausage Macaroni is full of delicious flavor, and creamy cheesy goodness. It’s easy to fix, perfect weeknight meal for busy families. With Fall brings school and all those extra activities that come with that like sports. So having a nice comforting filling dish is greatly needed during this time of year.

What I like to do, is I look at my recipe the night before, and see what I can prep ahead of time. For instance, in this recipe, I need to chop a few things up. I’m not exactly a pro with a knife, so chopping things can take some time. I do all my chopping the night before and store them in Ziplocs, or plastic containers. That way, when I get home and I’m ready to start dinner, the time consuming chopping is already done. Just take it out of the fridge, and toss it in the pan, or mixture, or whatever the recipe says to do with it.

For this recipe, it’s real simple. Cook your elbow macaroni (or any short pasta you prefer) according to the package directions. While that’s cooking, steam  your broccoli. I get the packages of frozen steamable broccoli, and do this in the microwave. No extra dishes, you just do it right in the package and it’s quick. Just be sure you buy the packages that are steamable. Then melt some butter in a pan, and saute the onion, bell pepper and sausage until the veggies are crisp tender. Sprinkle a little flour over that, and cook it just for a minute to get that flour taste out. Gradually add your milk, bring that to a boil and cook and stir for about 2 minutes or until it’s thickened. Cut off the heat and add your cheese and seasonings and stir until the cheese is melted. Drain the macaroni and if necessary, the broccoli. Mix the cheese mixture, broccoli and noodles together.

Transfer this creamy deliciousness to a greased 13×9 glass baking dish. The dish is going to be full. If you’re worried about it spilling over in the oven, just set the dish on a foil lined baking sheet and don’t worry about clean up. It’ll be easy peasy! Sprinkle your breadcrumbs and butter mixture over the top, and bake this at at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.

All that’s left, is to serve this beautiful comforting casserole, and enjoy!

 

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Broccoli-Sausage Macaroni Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
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Cuisine American
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, steam broccoli according to package directions.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, sausage and red pepper in 1 tablespoon butter until vegetables are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with flour; stir until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Stir in the cheese, parsley, mustard and seasonings until blended. Drain broccoli and macaroni; stir into cheese sauce. Transfer to a greased 13x9 baking dish (dish will be full).
  4. Combine bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home

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