I tend to have the energy of a cocker spaniel puppy and usually it serves me well. Sometimes, however, I have a tendency to take on too much or bite off a little more than I can chew. Thankfully, my mother has an incredible ability to sense when I am doing this. In such times, she does extremely helpful things like dropping by with a casserole for “a day you need to take a nap and not think about dinner.
It might not be your actual mother, but we all need Bertas in our lives. Those people that step in with actions speaking louder than words. Is there someone who might need you to drop a casserole by this summer? Thanks Momma, this one was especially delicious.
This recipe hails from my grandmother, who is an exceptional cook. It is named Two M Pasta Treat after Mama and Macy, which is my grandmother and cousin. It really is so delicious! It freezes well, is easily doubled for a crowd or the freezer, and is super comforting. It’s made with minimal ingredients, but there’s something magical about the cottage cheese/sour cream topping. I will stop talking now, but I do hope you try it.
IF BAKING FROM FROZEN: Personally, I rarely bake from frozen. I try to leave casseroles on the counter day of to defrost as much as possible. When I am well planned, I stick them in the fridge 2 days before so they can defrost completely before baking. However, if you find yourself needing to bake from frozen, double the cooking time, covering for the first 30 minutes then uncovering for the final 25-30 minutes.
1 (15 oz.) box shell noodles (can sub penne, rotini, or bowtie)
1/2 c chopped green onion
1 tbs butter
1.5 lbs ground beef (we used venison)
2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1/4 t oregano (can use fresh if you’ve got it)
1/4 t basil (delicious if you’ve got fresh!)
1 c small curd cottage cheese
1 c sour cream
3/4 c grated cheese (we use sharp cheddar)