Sunday, August 30, 2015

Clear the Kitchen Casserole

     Sometimes it's fun to try to use up surplus food supplies. You know what I'm talking about. There's always some random can of something or other that's been lurking in the cabinet for six or seven years. You should just throw it away, but it's probably still safe to eat. You weren't raised to waste food or throw away money. Unless the can is inflated like a football. 

You may be throwing 90 cents in the trash,
but you're saving about $35,000 in hospital bills.
     The can that had been lurking in our cabinet was an off-brand can of sauerkraut. The can was not inflated, and the contents didn't smell poisonous, so I decided to use them in a casserole. If you don't like sauerkraut, you could probably substitute a can of greens or even beans. I'm not going to tell you this was a culinary masterpiece. However, it was moderately tasty and filling. It wound up being used for my lunches for over a week. So why do I call it Clear the Kitchen Casserole? Is it because it clears the kitchen of surplus ingredients? Maybe. Is it because after a plate of this you'll clear the kitchen. And the rest of the house. Boom! As always, notes are in blue.

Clear the Kitchen Casserole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (14 ounce) sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 can (14 ounce) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (10.5 ounce) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can (8 ounce) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 12 banana peppers, sliced and seeded (or use two bell peppers if you don't like banana peppers)
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped (or 1 4 ounce small can of mushrooms, drained and chopped) 
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 ounces (1 cup) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  1. In a large pan, heat oil. Add beef, onions, peppers and mushrooms. Brown meat. Once meat is browned and the veggies tender, take off the heat and drain excess oil.
  2. Cook the pasta to al dente. Drain off the water and return the pasta to the pot. Dump the meat mixture in there with it. 
  3. Unceremoniously dump all the remaining ingredients in the pot and stir until everything is incorporated. Enjoy the horrifying wet noises it makes while you stir it.
  4. Find a large Pyrex casserole dish. Spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Dump the contents of the pot into the dish. Spread it all to an even layer.
  5. Chuck it an oven preheated to 375F (190C, Gasmark 5). Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until casserole is starting to bubble and the top is getting crispy.

1 comment:

  1. What a great name. I sometimes clear the kitchen like this but I cannot tell my husband he would definitely have a cow! LOL! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!