COWPOKE CASSEROLE !

Cowpoke Casserole

Introduction:
Cowpoke Casserole is a hearty and comforting dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. This easy-to-make casserole features layers of seasoned ground beef, tender egg noodles, creamy cheese sauce, and savory toppings, all baked to golden perfection. It’s a family-friendly meal that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters at your table.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz egg noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup French fried onions (optional, for topping)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish, optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven and Prepare Ingredients:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Cook the egg noodles according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  1. Cook Ground Beef Mixture:
  • In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned and cooked through.
  • Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet with the ground beef. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the onion is translucent.
  1. Prepare Cheese Sauce:
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  1. Assemble the Casserole:
  • In a greased 9×13-inch baking dish, layer half of the cooked egg noodles on the bottom.
  • Spread half of the ground beef mixture over the noodles.
  • Pour half of the cheese sauce over the beef mixture.
  • Repeat the layers with the remaining noodles, ground beef mixture, and cheese sauce.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese evenly over the top of the casserole.
  1. Bake:
  • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through and bubbly.
  1. Add Toppings and Serve:
  • Remove the foil from the baking dish and sprinkle French fried onions over the top of the casserole, if desired.
  • Return the casserole to the oven and bake, uncovered, for an additional 5 minutes until the onions are golden brown.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving, if desired.

Tips:

  • Feel free to customize the casserole by adding your favorite vegetables such as peas, carrots, or mushrooms.
  • For a spicier version, add diced green chilies or jalapeños to the ground beef mixture.
  • Leftover casserole can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Description:
Cowpoke Casserole is a comforting and satisfying dish featuring layers of seasoned ground beef, tender egg noodles, creamy cheese sauce, and savory toppings. Baked to golden perfection, this casserole is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Whether served as a weeknight dinner or for a special occasion, it’s a delicious and easy-to-make meal that will leave everyone asking for seconds.

Nutritional Information:
(Serving Size: 1 serving)

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 23g

(Note: Nutritional information may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving size.)

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