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Southern Filled Comfort Casserole

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“Easy and good ole comfort food from deep in the heart of Texas. I compiled this after having leftover Easter ham but ground turkey, chicken, pork or beef would work as well. You may want to increase salt to 1 tsp if not using cooked ham. I serve with black eye or purple hull peas and a mixed green salad.”
READY IN:
45mins
SERVES:
6-8
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cook pasta "al dente" as per directions, making sure NOT to overcook. Drain and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Spray oil a saute skillet over medium heat, and add chopped onion, cooking until transparent (about 10 minutes). Halfway through, add minced garlic and mix well.
  4. (if you're using ground meat, brown at this time and drain excess grease).
  5. In large bowl combine Italian tomatoes, breaking up tomato pieces into small bite sizes.
  6. Add crushed tomatoes, can of soup, salt, pepper and 1 cup grated cheese, mixing well (add optional Tabasco sauce). Add cooked onion and cubed ham (or other meat) and mix.
  7. Fold in pasta until well coated and then transfer into an oil sprayed 12x9 casserole dish, spreading evenly.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until LIGHTLY golden brown on top and bubbly on the sides.
  10. Set aside for 5 minutes to set.

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