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HAM, SPINACH AND PASTA CASSEROLE

Ham, Spinach and Pasta Casserole - TSLC

This Ham, Spinach and Pasta Casserole is great for using up leftover ham of any kind and makes a meal in one dish.  We love this with country ham but you can use any kind you like.  The baby spinach along with the pasta,  cheese and ham makes this a great casserole to serve family and guests.

2 cups uncooked pasta (I used rotini)

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach (could use frozen)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sour cream

2 cups cooked chopped ham (this is great with country ham)

1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese (can use whatever cheese you like)

1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.  Brown onion in butter, add garlic and baby spinach and cook about five minutes until spinach is tender.  Remove spinach and onions and set aside.  Add the flour to the butter like you were making a roux or gravy, stir in milk, black pepper, salt and sour cream.  Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the pasta, ham and parmesan cheese along with the spinach and onions.  Pour into a sprayed casserole dish, sprinkle on Ritz cracker crumbs.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes until crackers are browned on top.  Makes about 8 servings.  Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out these ham recipes:

Ham, Swiss, Bacon with Apple Sandwich

Ham and Black Bean Soup

Ham and Dumplings

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CHEESY BACON SKILLET FRIED TATERS

Cheesy Bacon Skillet Fried Taters - TSLC

Did you know that March 31st is Tater Day?  Yes, “taters” even have their own day! There is nothing better than fried “taters” in the morning for breakfast or just anytime.  I like to add some bacon and cheese to the skillet once in a while and you have a meal. “Taters” are not safe in my home! A big skillet of fried “taters” will disappear as soon as it hits the table around here. Celebrate “ Tater Day” and make this dish for your family and Enjoy!

6 or 7 red potatoes, unpeeled, sliced or cut in chunks (can use any potatoes you like but I usually have about 6 cups of chunky potato pieces)

5 to 6 slices bacon

5 tablespoons bacon drippings

1/2 cup chopped onion (I use green onions)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (can use more and use your favorite cheese)

Fry the bacon until crisp, remove, set aside to drain on paper towels.  Save 5 tablespoons of the bacon drippings in your skillet.  Add potatoes, onion, salt, pepper and garlic. Toss to make sure potatoes are covered with drippings.  Cover your skillet and cook on medium until potato pieces are tender (about 15 minutes). Remove lid and brown your potatoes on high until crispy.  Remove potatoes from stove,  sprinkle cheese on top. (I put the lid back on for a few minutes to melt the cheese)  Crumble the bacon on top of the cheese.  Serve right from the skillet.  Makes about 8 servings.  Happy Tater Day!

Don’t forget to check out these skillet meals:

Cheesy Bacon and Cabbage Skillet

Peach Mango Pork Chops and Rice

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Skillet

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PINEAPPLE CASSEROLE

Pineapple CasseroleThis Pineapple Casserole with pineapple, mandarin oranges, coconut, cheese and pecans is one of my favorite dishes.  This is supposed to be a side dish but I can eat this for dessert anytime. I had it for breakfast this morning!  When I make this dish I cannot leave it alone.  This is a wonderful dish for Easter, great on a buffet and everyone loves it.

1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained (save 1/4 cup juice)

1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained (You can substitute another 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks or cherries, peaches or whatever fruit you like)

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup shredded coconut (Optional)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup pineapple juice from the crushed pineapple above

1 stick butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup, melted

40 to 50 Ritz crackers, crushed

1 cup pecans or walnuts (Optional)

In a large mixing bowl combine the crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, sugar, flour, coconut, shredded cheese and pineapple juice.  Mix well.  Spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray and spread pineapple mixture into the dish.  Melt the butter and mix with the crushed Ritz crackers.  Sprinkle on top of the pineapple. Add pecans on top.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 30 to 35 minutes until brown on top. Makes 6 to 8 servings. This is a wonderful dish to serve with ham or any kind of pork and is good served both hot or cold.  Enjoy!

Pineapple Casserole (2)

Don’t forget to check out these great casseroles, too:

Baked Sweet Potato Casserole

Broccoli Casserole

Creamy Cauliflower Casserole

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FRENCH ONION SOUP

French-Onion-SoupThis French Onion Soup topped with French bread,  Swiss and Parmesan cheese will quickly become a favorite.  Yes, I know it is not a Southern recipe but it is a great recipe and onions are healthy and good for you.  Soup is a favorite dish in my household and we are very diversified in our choices.  We love soup for lunch almost every day.  Did you know that onions are high in vitamin C and a good source of fiber?  Onions are sodium, fat and cholesterol free as well.  Studies have shown that onions may be beneficial in preventing gastric ulcers.  Onions contain calcium and iron.  My sister is eighty years old, takes no medicine of any kind and swears by the health benefits of onions.  She eats them every day and says they are great if you have a cold or are not feeling well to “perk” you right up!

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

3 or 4 large yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced (You could use another type of onion but the yellow ones are best due to their tangy sweet flavor)

2 teaspoons while granulated sugar

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 beef bouillon cubes

2 (14.5 ounce) cans beef bouillon

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon thyme

French bread

Swiss cheese, shredded (about a cup)

Parmesan Cheese, shredded (about a cup)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan or pot.  Add the sliced onions and cook for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften.  Add the sugar, garlic, salt and pepper and cook 15 to 20 minutes longer until brown.  Stir to keep from burning.  Add the bouillon cubes and beef bouillon along with the Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Bring to boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer.  Cook about 20 more minutes.  Makes about six servings.

To Serve:

Combine the two cheeses. Top the onion soup with a thick slick of toasted French bread.  Sprinkle cheese generously over bread and on top of soup.  Broil 1 to 2 minutes until cheese melts.  Note:  Make sure your bowls are oven proof before you put them under the broiler.  If you don’t have oven proof bowls you could try melting the cheese in the microwave.

Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup.

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