Cowboy Casserole

Here is a recipe that we’ve been testing for our hot lunch program. This is the kids version. I think I would throw in some chopped green chilis!I hope they like it!


Cowboy Casserole

Serves 12

1 lb of ground beef
1 small onion, minced
3 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs flat leaf parsley
10¾ oz can of tomato soup
15 oz can of corn
3 Tbs dried mustard
32 oz package of tater tots
salt & pepper, to taste
4 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

Brown ground beef with the onions – drain. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, parsley, tomato soup, corn, dried mustard and simmer for about 10 minutes.

In a greased 9×13 baking dish, arrange tater tots in single layer. Cover with 2 cups of cheese. Pour ground beef mixture over top and cover with remaining cheese.

Bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.


Pasta Florentine

Florentine, or the term à la Florentine, refers to a recipe that is prepared in the style of the Italian region of Florence. Over the years it has come to mean cuisine that includes spinach as an ingredient. I love making this for a crowd because it is vegetarian. This is a recipe that I have adapted over the years from a cookbook that my aunt Marjorie gave me from New Orleans called Artist’s Palate Cookbook, New Orleans Museum of Art.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the cheese covered finished product!


Pasta Florentine

Serves 8 – 10

2 – 10 oz packages frozen, chopped spinach
½ cup onion, chopped
16 oz pasta
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
8 Tbs butter, softened, divided
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cups mushrooms, sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 – 16 oz jar meatless pasta sauce
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided

Cook frozen spinach according to package directions, adding the chopped onion. Drain well.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions, drain.

Sauté mushrooms, onion and salt and pepper in 4 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl combine all ingredients with half of the mozzarella and mix well. Place in a greased 13” x 9 ½ ” casserole.

Cover with Aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with the remainder of the mozzarella cheese over top and bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.