Article: Pleasing Chilly-Day Pasta Dishes: casserole

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By Kathleen Guagliano on November 2, 2010

Cooler days are here and it's the time for richer, more substantial foods to help us keep the chill at bay. Here's a selection of Winter Pasta recipes, some easy and some more intricate - that I especially like.

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Imagekevin51
Nov 12, 2010 12:37 AM CST
Name: (Kevin51)
SouthEastern US Zone 7
I'm not getting old, I'm 'maturing'
I am so badly in need of a wonderful casserole WITHout cheese. I'd like it to be a stick to the ribs kind. Too, it would suit me if it wasn't too complicated.
thanks, kevin 51 Ears perked up!
Kevin51
Imagetomatofreak
Nov 13, 2010 11:51 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Tamale Pie comes to mind. It's too late for my brain to remember where to find the recipe, but I'll try tomorrow. No cheese. Smiling
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Imagekevin51
Nov 14, 2010 1:52 AM CST
Name: (Kevin51)
SouthEastern US Zone 7
I'm not getting old, I'm 'maturing'
Tomatofreak, where do I find the recipe for the tamale pie? Thanks. Lee
Kevin51
Imagetomatofreak
Nov 14, 2010 10:08 AM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Lee, there are lots of variations, but I'm going to look for my mother's recipe. Be back in a little while. Smiling
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Imagekevin51
Nov 14, 2010 10:56 AM CST
Name: (Kevin51)
SouthEastern US Zone 7
I'm not getting old, I'm 'maturing'
thank you very much for going to the trouble of finding the recipe. Just the sound of it has me salivating. Lee
Kevin51
Imagetomatofreak
Nov 14, 2010 4:29 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Lee, here's my mother's Tamale Pie. I don't think she ever varied the recipe although you certainly could - and I have. Smiling

Tamale Pie with Cornbread Crust

Tamale Pie Filling

1 lb. ground beef (not too fatty)
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/3 c. chopped celery
1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 12 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained (my mom always used Niblets)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. chili powder (mild or hot, depending on your tastes)
1/4 tsp. pepper

Film pan with cooking spray (or use a small amount of canola oil or butter) and brown ground beef, onion and celery, breaking up ground beef into small pieces. Drain off any liquid. Add tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce and seasonings. Simmer 10 minutes.

Cornbread Crust

1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1/8 c. vegetable oil (or melted butter)
1/2 c. milk

Whisk together dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients in another small bowl and add to dry. Mix only till dry ingredients are moistened.

Spoon hot Tamale Pie filling into 2 quart casserole (I spray it first just to film.) Top with Cornbread Crust mix and pat out as evenly as possible.
Bake uncovered at 425 degrees for 15 minutes on middle shelf.

NOTES:
* You can substitute chopped red or green bell peppers for the celery.
* You can add one or two finely diced garlic cloves if you like garlic.
* For a pronounced Mexican flair, add a dash of ground cumin and about 1/2 a teaspoon of ground Mexican oregano.
* I've added chopped ripe olives or even some chopped green olives.

It's good with a rustic green salad or green beans as a side dish. A dollop of sour cream topping and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro is a nice finish, too.

If you make it, let me know how you like it. It was always a favorite at our house.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
ImageGardenGuyAZ
Nov 14, 2010 6:20 PM CST
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225
Sunset Zone 13
That sounds really good Alma. I'm going to have to try it.

Alan
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. ~Hellen Keller
Imagekevin51
Nov 15, 2010 4:33 AM CST
Name: (Kevin51)
SouthEastern US Zone 7
I'm not getting old, I'm 'maturing'
Alma, thank you for going to the trouble of finding the recipe. I'll make it exatly as you've written it. It's only 4:31a.m. here as I write this and I've gotten soo hungry.
Will let you kow how it turns out. Going to print it off so I'll be able to find it.
Until later, Lee
Kevin51

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