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Save a Penny Casserole

At the office where I worked years ago, we women often shared our favorite recipes at lunchtime. This casserole came from a co-worker, and my family has enjoyed it for some 30 years. Besides being easy and quick to prepare, it's very economical. It serves well for church suppers and potlucks, and it's a real time-saver on washdays!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) spaghetti in tomato sauce with cheese
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mixed vegetables, drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef until no longer pink; drain. Stir in soup, spaghetti and vegetables. Transfer to an ungreased 11x7-in. baking dish.
  • Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese if desired; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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  • Elaine
    Dec 2, 2019

    I didn't like the way the cream of mushroom soup fought with the spaghetti sauce so the second time I made this, I used cheddar cheese soup instead. I omitted the cheese and added a dab of sour cream, then sprinkled breadcrumbs on top before baking. I realize the original idea of this dish was to be cheap and that cheese soup costs more than mushroom, but it was much tastier that way.

  • ashleerana
    Mar 21, 2014

    Awesome recipe! Quick and easy I make it all the time

  • Joe Hanek
    Nov 22, 2012

    Easy and Fabulous

  • Trilby Yost
    Nov 27, 2010

    No comment left

  • wild1
    Oct 7, 2010

    The canned spaghetti in this casserole gave it a bad taste. I wouldn't recommend this recipe. Visually, it is also not appealing.

  • markarrie
    Apr 21, 2010

    This dish was quick and tasty! My whole family raved about it!

  • ptuner
    Sep 24, 2009

    At the bottom of the page in the Comments section, there's a  "Read All Comments" link. Just click on that. Avery

  • Isolda
    Sep 6, 2009

    No comment left

  • frankieb
    Aug 23, 2009

    The photo is what caught my eye; looks like simple comfort food. I've made this 3-4 times, the last couple times using my own spaghetti with some jarred sauce. It's always good.

  • Joscy
    Mar 15, 2009

    Have you ever tried this dish, peacejen? Don't judge a book by its cover; this dish is quite tasty.