March 27, 2010

AMERICAN CHOP SUEY CASSEROLE

1 8 oz. package egg noodles
1 lb. lean ground beef or chuck
1 tsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 1/2 cups diced celery
1 green bell, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
garlic and onion powder, to taste
1 can Campbell's Tomato Soup
dash teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup grated American cheese

Bring 5-6 quarts water to a boil then add a tablespoon of salt. Boil noodles according to package directions until al denté (slightly firm). Drain.

Brown ground beef or chuck in olive oil with onions, garlic, celery and green pepper, being careful not to allow garlic to brown to avoid a bitter taste. Cook until meat has browned and vegetables are tender. Drain off any excess oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper (and garlic and onion powder, if desired - don't overdo).

In a buttered casserole dish, alternate meat and vegetable mixture, noodles, and grated cheese. Combine soup with Worcestershire sauce and pour over layered casserole. Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.

Bake in a 325°F degree oven for 45 minutes.

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