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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hodge Podge Casserole

Last night I didn't feel like cooking, but the kids were nagging and I knew I had to whip up something for them. I opted out of the breakfast for dinner idea, since I was sort of hungry, too, but not in the mood for eggs. I perused the cupboards, pulled out everything that sounded good, and did the same to the fridge. The Hodge Podge Casserole was born!

 Hodge Podge 
(serves 4-6)
1/2 C orzo pasta
1 C ground beef (or veggie crumbles)
1 small shallot, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 C water
1 T olive oil
1 C spinach, chopped
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
2 T sour cream
1/4 C salsa
2 T butter

In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat, then add beef (or veggie crumbles) and cook for 5 minutes. Toss in shallot and garlic and cook another 3 minutes. Stir in orzo and water, bring to a boil and cover tightly, dropping down to a simmer. Cook until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and stir in spinach, cheese, sour cream and salsa. Pour this mixture into a casserole dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Slice up butter and dot the top of the casserole. Broil in middle of oven (not too close to top), until breadcrumbs are brown. Serve with a slice of bread and a salad.

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