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Company Casserole Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 2 hours YIELD:8 servings

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 lean ground beef
  • Hot cooked rice or noodles

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Cover and bake at 350° for 2 hours or until hot and bubbly. Serve with rice or noodles. Yield: 8 servings.

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.