Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sausage and Noodle Squares

1/2 (1-pound) pkg. Creamette Egg Noodles, cooked as directed (I used elbow)
1/2 lb. bulk Italian or country sausage (I used country sausage)
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese (I used 1 1/2 cups, adding 1/2 inside the dish). 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large skillet, brown meat, pour off fat.  Add celery and onions.  Cook and stir until vegetables are tender.  In a large bowl beat milk and eggs together.  Stir in all ingredients except cheese (this is where I added 1/2 cup of cheese).  Turn into a greased 2 quart shallow baking dish (I used 9 x 13 x 2).  Cover and bake 40 minutes.  Uncover and top with cheese.  Bake another 3 minutes (I covered mine for this extra time).  Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Cut into squares to serve.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Comments:  This recipe came from a booklet titled Tried & True Money-Saving Meals - from Creamettes.  The book let dates 1981 but they are still just as good today as they were back then.  I thought about using the Italian sausage but at the last minute decided to use lean country sausage.  This dish is delicious and would be a great dish for just about any time but especially Brunch.  I think it would also be good made with bacon, ground beef, chicken, and even ham.  This is a fun dish to play with and I can't wait to try some of the other dishes inside its covers.

Comment from Food Tester Carol:  What makes this dish different and an interesting "eat" is the sausage and the way it works with the cheddar and noodles.  I like it better than traditional ground-beef noodle recipes and...yes...better than simple mac and cheese.  It's delicious just out of the oven and I have to admit, even cold!

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