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Company Casserole

 Company Casserole
I first tried this casserole at a family dinner years ago. It's a great dish because it goes into the oven before guests arrive. Just before serving, make rice or noodles and toss a salad. --Barbara Treiuthick, Aurora, Colorado
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
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  • Hot cooked rice or noodles

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Crumble beef over
  • mixture; toss gently. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
  • dish.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 2 hours or until hot and bubbly. Serve
  • with rice or noodles. Yield: 8 servings.
In addition to being served as a dessert, quick-cooking tapioca is also often used as a thickener. Store uncooked tapioca in a cool dry place for up to 2 years.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 243 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 612 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein.