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April 23, 2013

Loaded Million Dollar Casserole

This recipe made a large enough dish for 8+ people, but it was so good !  We finished it all within half an hour. 

I found this recipe on the Six Sisters Stuff site {I might as well move in there!} and knew I wanted to make it immediately.  You can find the original recipe HERE.

We only had sliced cucumbers as a side - this dish is rich enough to be served by itself, but a little refreshing, crunchy green had gone well with this. 

Loaded Million Dollar Casserole

adapted from the recipe by the Six Sisters Stuff {link above}

{8 - 10 servings}

500g Pasta Penne   {or whatever you prefer}
2 TB Oil
1 Onion, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
2 t Garlic, crushed
1/2 pack (of a 250g) Bacon Bits
750g Lean Ground Beef  {Mince}
1 1/2 cups Pasta Sauce   {any tomato based}
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 250g Cream Cheese, plain/smooth
1 250g Cottage Cheese, plain/smooth
1/4 cup Sour Cream
1 1/2 cups Cheddar, grated

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - Spray a large oven dish with cooking spray.
2.) Cook the Pasta as per the instructions on the pack.
3.) Heat the Oil in a large pan and saute the Onion, Red Bell pepper and Garlic until soft - remove and keep aside.
4.) Add the Bacon Bits to the pan - cook until done - remove from pan and keep aside with the Onion mixture.
5.) Using the same pan, cook the Beef until done - add back the Onion mixture and Bacon - add the Pasta Sauce and cook through {2 - 3 minutes}- season with Salt & Pepper to taste, if necessary.
6.) Mix together the Cream Cheese, Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream {combine very well!}
7.) Transfer half of the cooked Pasta to the prepared oven dish - top with the Cream Cheese mixture - add the remaining Pasta followed by the Beef mixture.
8.) Bake 30 minutes - remove from oven - sprinkle the Cheddar Cheese over - bake another 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve.

I hope you will enjoy this casserole as much as our family did!

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  1. Mmm that look yum, serving size is right or us too :)

  2. Definitely, a good casserole with all those cheeses. Thank you for sharing.
    Consider yourself hugged,

  3. Hi Linda,
    This looks like a delicious Casserole. Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Yum!!!!!!!!

    I would love for you to link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!


  5. For sure it will take half an hour to finish it.

    Thank u for sharing your recipe with us