Friday, September 21, 2012

Million $ Casserole

We have company coming after school today.  Yes, we're hosting the fabulous four for "Speech Practice" (forensics/drama club) and dinner.  I've been using them as guinea pigs for my latest test recipes and they've been pretty honest.  I found this one for Million Dollar Casserole on Pinterest and so, tonight's its night to shine.  Luckily, this casserole has awesome companions garlic bread, broccoli and homemade applesauce.  Then, for dessert...banana pudding.  So either way, I can't go wrong.  (My edits/substitutions can be found in blue and I will return with a verdict.)

Million Dollar Casserole

1 lb. pasta (your choice), cooked - macaroni (on hand)
1/4 cup sour cream
4 oz. cream cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic salt - garlic powder & additional salt if needed
1 tsp. pepper
28 oz. jar spaghetti sauce (flavor = your choice) - 26 oz. & rinsed jar with an oz. or so of water
additional veggies (optional)
shredded cheese (your choice), enough to cover top - mozzarella

Put half of the cooked pasta in bottom of a 9x13in. baking dish. Combine sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, onion, Parmesan cheese, garlic & pepper.  Spoon cheese mixture over noodles.  Pour remaining noodles over cheese mixture.  Pour spaghetti sauce over casserole.  Sprinkle any additional veggies on casserole & top with cheese.  Refrigerate overnight, then bake at 350 degrees for 45 min.

Banana Pudding

vanilla pudding
vanilla wafers
whipped topping

You know the drill - layer wafers, pudding and bananas.  End with whipped topping, sprinkle crushed vanilla wafers and a few dashes of cinnamon to top.  (On occasion I've done a meringue top.  That decision lies completely up to you)

Why cinnamon & crushed vanilla wafers you ask?  1) A little cinnamon never hurt anybody (unless you're allergic, of course) 2) Cinnamon gives it a little color on top 3) Crushed wafers give it that polished look 4) Lastly, they keep the plastic wrap from sticking to the whipped topping.