Company Casserole

Since we're at the beginning of a new year, let's talk resolutions. I typically don't make huge, life-changing New Year's resolutions... mostly because I hate the risk of failing at them! This year, though, my husband and I decided to make just one resolution. Back when we were first married, we ate dinner at the dining room table every night. No TV, no cell phones, no distractions, just the two of us. In the last year or so, we've gotten into the habit of eating dinner on the couch in front of the TV. This isn't the healthiest for a couple of reasons - we tend to not pay attention to how much we're eating, and though we are sitting next to each other, we aren't really interacting with each other. (Unless it's a really good game of Wheel of Fortune. Ha.) As a child, my family always ate dinner together. At the table. It wasn't always a gourmet meal, but it was always prepared with love by my mom. I'm sharing one of those favorite family meal recipes today - Company Casserole(I really have no idea why it's called Company Casserole, except for it uses mostly pantry staples that you might be able to whip together if you have unexpected company?) It's a basic casserole, with egg noodles, ground beef, onion, spinach, and a creamy tomato sauce to bind it all together. It's topped with grated cheddar cheese and then baked until golden. It kind of reminds me of hamburger helper, but way better. It comes together pretty quickly. Brown the ground beef along with the onion in a saucepan until cooked through, and then add the tomato sauce and seasonings.   IMG_5781 Once the meat is browned, simply combine the beef mixture with the sour cream, cottage cheese, spinach, and noodles. (It will look like a sloppy mess, but it will taste great!) IMG_5783   IMG_5784   Spread it into a casserole dish, and cover it with freshly grated cheddar cheese. Pop it under the broiler to melt and crisp up the cheese.   IMG_5787   Serve it up with a green salad and fresh bakery rolls and you've got a complete meal.  

Company Casserole

Servings/Yield: 6 servings
  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10-oz package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 8-oz package egg noodles, cooked and drained
Method Brown ground beef with onion; drain off fat. Stir in garlic salt, pepper, and tomato sauce. Simmer 5 minutes. Mix with cottage cheese, sour cream, and spinach. In large dish, mix noodles and cooked mixture. Cover with grated cheese. Broil 3-5 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly. To make ahead, simply prepare casserole and store in refrigerator until ready to bake. Bake the casserole at 350*F for 35-40 minutes until warmed through and golden. (It also freezes very well!) Source: family favorite  

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