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Pinch-A-Penny Casserole

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

Lord Honey, ever'one needs to pinch a penny ever' now and then. My dear Aunt Jean used to make a yummy casserole that she said helped her "pinch her pennies" and boy was it "slap the table good!" Well, I've made my own version of that I call "Pinch-A-Penny Casserole" to honor Aunt Jean and help y'all stretch your food budget just a bit.

Pinch-A-Penny Casserole

Jason Smith, FNS

Serves 8


1-pound ground beef

2-tsp garlic powder

1-can cream of mushroom soup

1-cup elbow macaroni, dry

1-can (15oz) diced tomatoes

1-can (15oz) mixed veggies, undrained

2-cups shredded cheddar cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste


· Preheat oven to 350° spray a 9x13 baking dish.

· Place the beef in a large skillet, scramble and cook, then drain any grease.

· Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, soup mix, macaroni, tomatoes and veggies; stir to combine.

· Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and cover with foil.

· Bake for 30 mins, remove cover and sprinkle cheese over the top, return to oven and bake, just until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Tip: In place of the beef you can use ground turkey or ground pork.


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Hubby had seconds so it was good! Homey and satisfying. I cooked longer to get macaroni done since I used a deep Corning casserole.


Jen Bunch
Jen Bunch
Dec 02, 2021

Could you sub the mushroom soup? Aunt Jean and pinching pennies.

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Yes whatever cream soup u like or make a white sauce of equal amount


Jhan Wilson
Jhan Wilson
Aug 13, 2021

Just saw you on WLEX and enjoyed your segment! Loved the macaroni dish you made. Wish I could print this recipe. I don't like cooking and using my phone for the recipe.

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