This simple dinner is one we only serve once or twice a year. It can be served with rice, pasta or toast (our favorite). We always served ours with fried eggs on top, but it still looks pretty nasty!

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can mushroom soup

Brown ground beef.
Mix ground beef and mushroom soup.  Heat.


Dad’s Meatloaf

Dad found this recipe when he and Mum were just married. We still make it now and like it better than any other meatloaf we’ve eaten. It is delicious in sandwiches or served with mashed potatoes.

10 ounces tomato sauce
1 pound ground beef
1 cup rice, cooked
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
frozen peas or corn
cheese slices

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Set aside 1/2 cup tomato sauce.  Mix spices into remaining sauce and then add, meat, rice, egg, garlic, Parmesan  salt and pepper.
Shape 1/2 mixture on broiling pan.  Press peas or corn into loave.  Arrange cheese slices over. Press remaining meat mixture over and seal edges.  Flatten middle of loaf.  Pour the 1/2 cup tomato sauce over.
Bake for 35 minutes or until done.

These freeze really well.
Can also make into small loaves or meatballs.


 Okay, I’ve made lasagna twice. Once for 200 people and again to make five casseroles for our bulk cooking day. I’ve always thought lasagna was picky to make, but it’s actually fairly easy. My one added thought on this is to use disposable pans; I absolutely hate scrubbing out the baked on gunk from this recipe! I managed to get recipes of the fillings and assembling them, but none of the finished product. I’ll get to that soon.

Hamburger Layer:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
16 ounces tomatoes, drained and chopped
8 ounces tomato sauce
6 ounces tomato paste
2 teaspoons basil
Noodle Layer:
8 ounces lasagna noodles
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
Cheese Layer:
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups ricotta or cottage cheese
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 pound Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray 9″ X 13″.
Brown ground beef, onion and garlic together.  Drain.  Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and basil.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Cook noodles in boiling water with salt and oil.  Drain and rinse.  
Beat eggs.  Add cottage cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
Layer in pan as follows:
1/2 noodles
1/2 cottage cheese mixture
1/2 Mozarella
1/2 meat sauce
Repeat layers.  Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.  If refrigerated, bake for 45 minutes.

-Use a ziploc bag with ricotta filling and squeeze it out.

Hamburger Corn Casserole

This is our best loved casserole, according to the family. It is too simple to make and tastes good cold. This isn’t my best picture, but it will do till I get another. 🙂




1 pound hamburger
3/4 cup onion, chopped
12 ounces whole kernel corn, drained
3 cups noodles, cooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown meat and onions.
Add rest of ingredients.  Pour into a greased casserole dish.
Top with cracker or chip crumbs or bread crumbs and butter.
Bake for 30 minutes.

Sloppy Joes

I don’t like Sloppy Joes. I served a huge vat of the stuff to about a million teenage boys and after that, I had a hard time eating it. Also, I don’t really like sweet in savory dishes, so I would probably not add the sugar (ketchup is sweet enough). My picture that I took looked disgusting because it was a bowl full of it. I will get a better picture where it is plated properly and actually looks appetizing!

2 pounds hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup water

Brown hamburger and onion.  Drain.  Add remaining ingredients.  Simmer one hour or heat in crockpot on low for 8 – 10 hours.  If too liquidy, remove lid for an hour.
Serve over toasted hamburger buns.

Freezes really well.