What's For Dinner? Noodle Casserole
This is a basic recipe for Noodle Casserole that can be adapted many ways. I will list some variations a little further down.
This is another in my series of recipes dedicated to Moms who work at a paying endeavor in addition to doing Mom duty pretty much 24/7. I am past that, thank God! Not that I didn't love it when my children were around, I did.
When I was in the thick of it, I kept a notebook of recipes that were simple, quick, and easy on the budget. I know that there are a lot of gourmet cooks and "foodies" on the web. This series is not for them, Instead this is for Moms with no time, career people with no time, or anyone with no time or desire to spend any significant time in the kitchen.
Now even though my kids are grown, Noodles are a staple in my house. Quick, and endless variations. Budget conscious, and everyone likes them. And Noodle Casserole can be varied in so many ways, you can serve it often and no one will think you are repeating. Gotta love the genius of that!
Just make sure you have some different forms of Noodles around and I even like to mix more than one kind in a recipe. Gives it more visual interest. Enjoy!
Noodles for Noodle Casserole
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Noodle Casserole Variations
Easy Noodle Casserole Recipes
1. First off, you can vary the Meat.
Tuna and Ground Beef both work very well for this recipe.
Canned Chicken, Canned Salmon, Sliced Hot Dogs, Sausage, and even Chopped Bacon all work too.
2. You can also make it without Meat for Vegetarians.
As a substitute, I have used 2 cups of cooked Squash and some grated Cheese.
Or Beans of any kind and Cheese.
3. Add cooked Spinach to any variation.
4. Add cooked Tomatoes to any variation.
5. Add cooked Potatoes to any variation.
6. Add Mushrooms to any version.
7. Vary the spices for different flavors. I like to add Curry Powder for an Oriental version, or Herbs de Provence to give it a French flair. Add Chili powder and Tomatoes with Cumin and Chilies and it's Mexican. Add Garlic and Onion if you want, and for Italian, add Thyme and Basil. Add some wine and you can call it gourmet.
One of my favorite versions is with Chicken and Herbs de Provence...with a little cooked Squash, Garlic, Onion, and baked with Monterey Jack Cheese on top.
8.You can vary the soup too. I sometimes use Cream of Chicken, or Cream of Celery works for some people.( Have to confess I'm not one of them!) When I double the recipe I always use a combination, in which case my favorite is Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken. Some people love Cream of Potato on everything. I live in Ireland so you probably would not be surprised to learn that is a favorite around here.
To make it extra rich you can add some Cream Cheese. It will take longer to cook however...and you have to stir it before serving.
I have also made it with half Rice, half Noodles in all the variations.
You can really let your imagination run wild on this one and all you have to keep around the house are Noodles, canned ingredients of your choice, and some Sour Cream.
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