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Black-Eyed Pea Casserole

 Black-Eyed Pea Casserole
This group-size dish is quick, simple and tasty. People always ask for "just a little more". I guess you could call it one of my Southern favorites.—Kathy Rogers, Natchez, Mississippi
20-24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) long grain and wild rice mix
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 small green peppers, chopped
  • 4 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black-eyed peas with jalapenos, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook the rice mixes according to package
  • directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, onions and
  • green peppers over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink;
  • drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine the peas, soup, rice and beef mixture.
  • Transfer to two greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dishes.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
  • Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese
  • is melted. Yield: 2 casseroles (10-12 servings each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 122 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein.