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A casserole (apart from a dish) is a very basic all-inclusive meal that helps add on some extra padding during the winter months. It can be eaten any time of year, but is generally avoided in the summer because no one really wants to eat a heavy, hot supper.
A casserole is comprised of 3-4 basic items:
Select a meat and cook it, cook some pasta, add some sauce and vegetables. Mix it all together, throw it in an oven-safe dish. Cover with cheese or bread crumbs (optional) and bake until the cheese is melted, the bread crumbs are toasty, or it has achieved your desired temperature.
Need more help? Here are a few common ingredients from each Category:
You'll notice you do get some veggie goodness in some of the sauce selection. But it's always good to add your own, to round the casserole out a bit. Don't forget to add your favourite herbs and spices.
Experimentation is good. Mix and match, and enjoy.
Tuna Casserole/Tuna Mac:
Can of Tuna
, Kraft Dinner
Can of Tomatoes or the cheese
sauce if using Kraft Dinner
, Sundried tomatoes
, Hot peppers
Give the tuna a quick warming with some olive oil
and the veggies to bring out the flavour
s. At the same time, have the pasta cooking. Drain
the pasta. Mash the tomatoes if using a can of tomatoes, or prepare the Cheese sauce. Mix the meat and veggies with the pasta. Throw it all into an oven safe dish. Cover with cheese and/or bread crumbs, and bake at 350-400 F until the cheese melts.
Tomato Macaroni Casserole:
Meat: Ground beef
Can of Tomatoes
Cook the ground beef with the onion and garlic. Cook the macaroni at the same time. Mix the meat and veggies with the pasta. Throw it all into an oven safe dish, and bake at 350-400 F until bubbling.
Any type of beef
, about 1/2 pound
A can of Tomato soup and a can of Cream of your choice
Cook the ground beef with the onion and garlic and other veggies. Cook the pasta at the same time. Mix the meat and veggies with the pasta, with the two cans of soup. It will be really thick and goey. Throw it all into an oven safe dish, and bake at 350-400 F until bubbling.
Chicken Penne Casserole:
some Chicken breast, cubed
Penne (or anthying else...)
A can of Cream of your choice
, sundried tomatoes
, and if you like, some peas
Cook the chicken with the onion and garlic and other veggies in some olive oil. Cook the pasta at the same time. Mix the meat and veggies with the pasta, with the can of soup. Throw it all into an oven safe dish, and bake at 350-400 F until bubbling.