I grew up with simple and delicious dishes.; things that could be made without a lot of fuss. That’s not to say there were not times my mom didn’t spend the entire day cooking, in fact quite often she did. But there are definitely some meals I always loved no matter how “basic” they were.
Take casserole for instance…. the quintessential simplistic dish of the 50’s and 60’s. It was your standard one dish dinner for the working class family. It could be made in large amounts for relatively small cost and required little more than the ability to read a better homes and garden recipe and follow the directions.
I don’t know where she learned to make this from, but it is one of the first recipes I learned from her. If you find yourself wondering what to make for dinner, or wanting to cook but not wanting to make it an all night affair, consider giving this a try. And for my vegetarian friends, you could easily omit the meat and use only beans, or add in a meatless “sausage”. It would make a hearty and protein (with the beans) packed dish!
Pictured above is a seasoning I get from the “Garlic Festival”, it is delicious, but not necessary. Before I started using it, I used garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. So use those and you will be set. For the beans I used Black Beans and Kidney Beans. Sometimes I also add Pinto or Small Red Beans, it all just depends what is on hand and feel like having, you can really use any kind you want. Give this simple and easy recipe a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed! 🙂
- 1lb Elbow Noodles
- 1lb Ground Beef
- 1 Can Black Beans
- 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
- 1 Can Black Beans (again you can change up the beans or add more)
- 4 Cans Hunt Tomato Sauce (plain no basil or seasoning) if you find you like it saucier add another can
- 1/2 tsp each Garlic Powder and Onion Powder (more if you like)
- few shakes of Crushed Red Pepper (more if you like)
- Salt and Pepper – to taste
- Fill a large pot (enough to boil a lb of pasta) with water, and add a generous amount of salt to water and bring to a boil
- Cook pasta according to directions on box, but cook to al dente
- While pasta is cooking, in another pot over medium heat, brown the ground beef (season it with salt and pepper)
- Rinse the beans with water until they are clean of all syrups from the can (no more bubbles/foam)
- Once the beef is browned, add in the beans
- Add the tomato sauce to the meat and beans, stir and season to taste, about a half teaspoon each of the onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper as needed and a few shakes of crushed red pepper. Cook mixture over low/medium low heat stirring frequently
- When the pasta has finished cooking drain but do not rinse!!!!!
- Add the pasta into the meat, tomato and bean mixture, continue to cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently
- Serve and enjoy!