AMISH COUNTRY CASSEROLE

The Amish Country Casserole is a heartwarming, traditional dish deeply rooted in the Amish culture, known for its simple yet robust flavors. It typically starts with a base of egg noodles, chosen for their firm texture and ability to absorb flavors. These noodles are boiled to a perfect al dente, ensuring they maintain a slight bite amid the other ingredients.

Ground beef is a staple in this casserole, browned to a rich, savory perfection. It’s often seasoned with a blend of salt, pepper, and sometimes a hint of garlic or onion powder, adding depth to the meat’s natural flavors. In some variations, onions or minced garlic are sautéed with the beef, infusing it with their aromatic qualities.

The sauce of the casserole is a key component, usually a mixture of cream of mushroom soup and tomato soup. This combination creates a unique, creamy yet tangy base that coats the noodles and beef. The cream of mushroom adds a smooth, earthy flavor, while the tomato soup introduces a slight acidity and sweetness, balancing the richness of the beef and noodles.

Once combined, the cooked noodles, seasoned beef, and the creamy sauce are layered in a baking dish, often with a sprinkle of shredded cheese on top. Cheddar is a popular choice for its sharpness, complementing the rich sauce. The casserole is then baked until the cheese melts into a golden, bubbly layer, adding a visually appealing and tasty finish.

This dish is often enjoyed for its comforting, homely essence. It’s a reminder of the simplicity and heartiness of Amish cooking, offering a satisfying meal that feels both familiar and indulgent. Served steaming hot, it’s a perfect dish for family gatherings, potlucks, or a cozy night in, embodying the spirit of communal dining and the warmth of shared experiences.

Ingredients

  • 500 g Pasta, your choice ( 16 oz )
  • 1 TB Olive Oil extra-virgin
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 t Garlic, crushed
  • 750 grams Lean Ground Beef, ( 1 1/2 pounds )
  • 600 grams canned Tomato Soup, condensed  ( 22.6 oz )
  • 600 grams canned Mushroom Soup, condensed  (22.6 oz )
  • 1 cup Milk, ( 250 ml / 8.45 fl oz )
  • Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 t Paprika
  • 1/2 t Dried Parsley

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) – spray a large oven dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the Pasta, in a large pot, as per the instructions on the packet.
  3. Meanwhile, saute the Onion and Garlic in the Olive Oil until soft – add the Ground Beef and cook until done.
  4. As soon as the Pasta is done – drain and return to the pot.
  5. Add the cooked Meat, Tomato and Mushroom Soups and Milk to the Pasta – stir through – season to taste with Salt and Pepper.
  6. Transfer to the prepared oven dish – sprinkle with Paprika and Parsley – bake 25 – 30 minutes.

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