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Invent Your Own Casserole

Invent Your Own Casserole

Southern Living NOVEMBER 1996

  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Choose one from each category:
  • Sauce Makers:
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can Cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Choose one Fish/Meat/Poultry:
  • 2 (6-ounce) cans solid white tuna, drained and flaked
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
  • Choose one Pasta/Rice:
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 4 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
  • 3 cups uncooked medium shells
  • Toppings:
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • Choose one Frozen Vegetable:
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen cut broccoli
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen Italian green beans
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen English peas
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen sliced yellow squash
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen whole kernel corn
  • Choose one or more Extras (Optional):
  • 1 (3-ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 (1 1/4-ounce) envelope taco seasoning mix

Preparation

Combine 1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper with Sauce Maker (omit sour cream and milk when using tomatoes). Stir in Pasta/Rice, Frozen Vegetable, Fish/Meat/Poultry, and if desired, Extras.

Spoon casserole mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking dish; sprinkle with your choice of toppings.

Cover and bake casserole at 350º for 1 hour and 10 minutes; uncover and bake 10 additional minutes.

Chicken Casserole: Cream of chicken soup, broccoli, rice, chicken, Parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs.

Ham Casserole: Cream of celery soup, Italian green beans, wide egg noodles, ham, garlic, and 2 portions Swiss cheese.

Turkey Casserole: Italian-style diced tomatoes, spinach, medium pasta shells, turkey, onion, garlic, mozzarella cheese, adn breadcrumbs.

Vegetarian Casserole: Italian-style diced tomatoes, yellow squash, rice, olives, 4 portions celery, 4 portions bell pepper, garlic, parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs.

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