Delicious Amish Country Casserole

Amish Country Casserole is a classic comfort dish that brings together hearty ingredients in a single, satisfying casserole. It’s a tribute to the culinary traditions of the Amish, known for their wholesome, farm-fresh cooking. This casserole combines ground beef, pasta, and a rich tomato-based sauce, all topped with a layer of creamy, melted cheese. The result is a dish that’s both comforting and filling, making it a perfect choice for a family dinner or potluck gathering. Let’s dive into creating this delicious and hearty Amish-inspired casserole.

Ingredients

For the Casserole:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) green beans, drained
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni or your preferred pasta
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Garnish (optional):

  • Fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

For the Casserole:

  1. Preheat Your Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish or casserole dish.
  2. Cook the Pasta:
    • Cook the elbow macaroni or your preferred pasta according to the package instructions until it’s just al dente. Drain and set it aside.
  3. Sauté the Ground Beef and Vegetables:
    • In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, green bell pepper, and minced garlic. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes until they begin to soften.
    • Add the ground beef and cook until it’s browned and crumbled. Make sure to break up the meat into small pieces as it cooks.
  4. Combine the Sauce:
    • Stir in the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes (with their juice) into the skillet with the cooked beef and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  5. Layer the Casserole:
    • In your greased baking dish, layer half of the cooked pasta, followed by half of the ground beef and vegetable mixture.
    • Next, add a layer with half of the drained corn and green beans.
    • Sprinkle half of the shredded cheddar cheese over this layer.
    • Repeat the layers with the remaining pasta, beef and vegetable mixture, corn, green beans, and cheese.
  6. Bake:
    • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the casserole is heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Broil (Optional):
    • If you’d like a golden, slightly crispy top, you can remove the foil and broil the casserole for 2-3 minutes until the cheese turns golden brown. Keep a close eye to prevent burning.
  8. Garnish and Serve:
    • If desired, garnish your Amish Country Casserole with freshly chopped parsley before serving. It adds a touch of color and freshness to the dish.
  9. Serve Hot:
    • This casserole is best enjoyed hot, straight from the oven. It’s a comforting, satisfying meal all on its own.

Tips

  • Feel free to customize this casserole by adding your favorite vegetables or spices. Mushrooms, peas, or a pinch of red pepper flakes can provide a delightful twist.
  • For a lighter version, you can use lean ground beef or ground turkey, and opt for low-fat cheese.
  • This casserole is perfect for making ahead. Assemble it in advance, refrigerate, and bake when you’re ready to serve.

 

Amish Country Casserole is a heartwarming, homestyle dish that embodies the essence of comfort food. It brings together the wholesome goodness of ground beef, pasta, and an array of vegetables, all united by a rich tomato-based sauce and a generous layer of melted cheese. Whether you’re looking for a hearty family dinner or a dish to share at a potluck, this casserole delivers. Enjoy the warmth and comfort that each bite brings as you savor the flavors of this classic Amish-inspired creation.

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