October 1st, 2013

California Casserole

California Casserole

This is a fantastic ground beef casserole that is similar to lasagna except that instead of using mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, it calls for cheddar cheese and cream cheese.  It also has sour cream, black olives, and green onions in it.  I’ve been making this dish for years, but it wasn’t until I got ready to photograph it that I decided to make a change to the pasta.  The original recipe called for egg noodles, and I decided to switch those out for penne pasta.  My husband and I both agreed it was an improvement.

California CasseroleI grew up in California, and yet I have no idea why this was named California Casserole.  But it really is delicious, and it’s easy to make, too.  Perfect for a weeknight or any time.  Enjoy!

California Casserole

Posted under Italian, Main Dishes

5 Responses to “California Casserole”

  1. That looks so delious I will be saving this to try, thank you,

  2. Laura, Thank you for this fantastic recipe. I discovered it about 2 months ago and have already made it several times for different occasions like a couple’s bridge group. Everyone has repeatedly asked for the recipe. It’s a true winner, easy and great for a crowd pleaser.

  3. Nadine, I’m glad that you and your friends have enjoyed it. I need to make it again sometime soon. I don’t think I’ve made it since I photographed it.

  4. Does the recipe actually call for 23 oz. of tomato sauce? The ingredient list is confusing with a 15 oz and an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. Please clarify because this sounds delicious and I want to try it. Thanks!

  5. That’s right, Carolyn. It calls for both a 15-ounce can and an 8-ounce can, for a total of 23 ounces of tomato sauce.


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