Recipe I Need To Not Lose

Now its safe from The Moving Monster ...

Cavatini (baked italian noodlely casserole thingy)

4 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked (jumbo size)

1 lb. ground beef

1 lb. Italian sausage

2 green bell peppers chopped

2 white onions chopped

15 oz pkg. pepperoni, chopped

4 cups shred mozzarella cheese

2 (10oz) cans pizza sauce

8 oz canned mushrooms, drained

Cook macaroni, set aside.
Brown ground beef and sausage with peppers and onion. Drain.
Combine remaining ingredients in large bowl.
Add macaroni to meat mixture, stir.
Spread in one huge dish, or two 9x13’s, lightly greased.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


My mom used to make this all the time! It was one of our favorites! :) Brings back memories..thanks!

RYC: I chose those CROCS man! LOL.. They go with everything. And the nurses wear the colored ones. And I can't be looking like one of THEM now, can I? JUST KIDDING :)

Danielle | 05/29/2007 - 02:09 PM

This has got to be a midwest thing! I had never heard of it until I moved here, and a charming woman brought it to a church potluck. Although it wasn't apparent at first. That she was the one that brought it, that is.

No one seemed to know who brought the wonderful casserole. Let me tell you, I asked around because its extra yummy. No luck. So I did what any determined woman would do ... I infiltrated the kitchen committee. (cue James Bond music of your choice)

Still, nothing. Not deterred, I waited patiently for the next potluck. Ok. Not so patiently. But, still. I deserve some credit for not calling everyone listed in the church directory.

The next time, under the guise of hauling my dishes into the kitchen, I immediately started looking around for that casserole. Nothing. I alerted all the kitchen volunteers that I simply could not live without that recipe.

Lo and behold! One of the men setting up tables said "I overheard you talking! My wife made that last time! I am just tickled that you liked it! She'll be thrilled! Its the first time she's ever brought something to a potluck that I didn't have to haul home!" And, yes, he ended every sentence with an exclamation point.

(Frankly, I think it says more about the palates of the church members than it does about her cooking that they don't gulp down the rest of her food, but that is neither here nor there)

He went and fetched her! She's such a wonderful lady that she wrote down her number right there so I could call her, and then when I couldn't remember to call during normal-calling-hours, she wrote it down for me and found me in my sunday-school-class! She's fabulous! And, she has very pretty handwriting!

Ah, the hunt for a good casserole :)

Lucy | 05/29/2007 - 06:30 PM
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