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The Fabulous 4: Classic Comfort Casseroles

Casseroles are the ultimate comfort food, reminding us of family gatherings, childhood dinners and happy times.

Here are a few simple-yet-comforting casseroles that you may want to try:

 

1. Cheddar-Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Cheddar-Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound cooked chicken, cut into small pieces
  • 1 can French-fried onions

 

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9½ glass pie plate or casserole dish with nonstick spray.

2. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. In large bowl, mix milk and soup. Add tomato, cheeses and pasta. Stir in chicken pieces, and spoon mixture into casserole dish.

3. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle French-fried onions on top. Bake 5 minutes longer, and serve.

2. Cheesy Tuna and Vegetable Casserole

Cheesy Tuna and Vegetable Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 12 ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 can (12 ounce) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans tuna (6 ounces each) in water, drained

1. Cook noodles as directed on package, adding frozen vegetables for last minute of cooking to heat them up, and drain.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In an ungreased 2-quart casserole baking dish, mix milk, soup, cheese and onion. Stir in tuna, cooked noodles and mixed vegetables.

3. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover, bake uncovered 5 minutes longer, and serve.

Note: Can be served with crumbled potato chips or cracker crumbs on top, just sprinkle over top of casserole before last 5 minutes of baking.

3. Cornbread ‘N’ Beans Casserole

Cornbread ‘N’ Beans Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (28 ounce) baked beans, undrained
  • 1 package (16 ounce) mini-hot dogs/cocktail weenies
  • ½ cup barbeque sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 box cornbread/corn muffin mix
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg

1. Heat over to 375 degrees. In large saucepan, mix beans, hot dogs, ketchup, barbecue sauce and onion. Cook over medium-high heat until hot, then pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole baking dish.

2. In medium bowl, stir in cornbread mix, milk and egg until combined, then spread batter evenly over barbecue bean mixture in casserole dish.

3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until top is golden brown, and serve.

4. Sweet Potato-Bacon Casserole

Sweet Potato-Bacon Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 3 large cans (24 ounces each) sweet potatoes
  • 1 package (12 ounce) bacon
  • ¼ bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cook bacon until crispy and chop into small pieces. In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs and one tablespoon butter or margarine and set aside.

3. Spray 13×9-inch (3 quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix sweet potatoes with bacon, sour cream, ¼ cup butter or margarine, onions, salt and pepper, until well blended. Spread mixture in baking dish and sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over top.

4. Bake uncovered 20-30 minutes or until thoroughly heated, with bead crumbs turning golden brown, and serve.

Quick and easy to prepare, while filling and satisfying, a casserole can be a wonderful way to feed your family for any occasion. Give one of these classic bakes a try for a soothing, satisfying meal.

(Recipe sources: Pillsbury.)

Regina Donelson is a professional blogger that enjoys providing readers with advice on cooking, recipes and dishes. She writes for Just a Pinch, the best place to find anything from a chicken salad recipe to Oreo cookie balls recipe.

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