…from the Perspectives’ Kitchen
How you doin’? Ms. Swander was a 2nd grade teacher in my grammar school. She used to invite us to her house for lunch every month. Imagine that happening today!... hey, it was a different time. She always made the same thing—Miss Swander’s Casserole. Kids loved this casserole dish, and our mothers could never seem to master it until she actually posted it the school newspaper.
My version probably adds a few more ingredients than the original and has more of an adult profile, but I’ve tried this with my nieces and nephews and they love it as much as I did all the way back in grammar school.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
8 ounces shell pasta
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound bulk mild Italian sausage
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced red bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
ChefSecret: I prefer to have this dish sit overnight before baking as the flavors improve and the pasta absorbs some of the sauce so the consistency is just right.
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