Quick Weeknight Casserole (Brown Gravy Casserole)

We had a few days off from school, and our weekend was busy so I took a few days off from the blog. But this week we’re back in action.

I’m all about easy, simple, and delicious meals on weeknights. I get home about an hour before Sam, so I usually have time to throw together a nice meal before he gets home.

This is the meal we had last Friday night. Friday night’s are special to us for many reasons, one being because it is a night that we know we will always have time for dinner together and will be able to sit down and have a real meal. Last Friday we had my mom’s Brown Gravy Casserole. This recipe is easy and delicious. Note that this recipe is best served immediately and takes about 25 minutes to prepare. 

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BROWN GRAVY CASSEROLE

1 lb Ground Beef (or Ground Turkey or Veggie Crumbles)

1 Large Bag Wide Egg Noodles

4 Packets Brown Gravy Mix

1/3 to 1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 8 oz. Package Cream Cheese (cut into small cubes)

3 Cups Water

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions: 

  1. In large skillet (stove top or electric) or dutch oven, brown ground beef (or substitute) on medium/high heat until cooked through and drain. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions.
  2. In skillet with beef, add 4 packages brown gravy mix and 3 cups water. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until sauce starts to thicken.
  3. Add sour cream to sauce, and stir until fully incorporated. (The amount of sour cream depends on your taste. Try it with 1/3 cup first).
  4. Add cooked noodles to the sauce in the large skillet. (If you used a skillet that was too small…time to move it all to a bigger one!)
  5. Add cubed cream cheese and stir in gently. You want to mix in the cream cheese, but let it maintain the cubes. Heat for 5-10 more minutes on low to medium heat.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately.

Add a fun side dish!

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It is nice to serve this meal with a hearty vegetable side dish. I usually add steamed carrots, but my mom suggested roasting the carrots instead. We enjoyed these amazingly sweet Rainbow Baby Carrots from Fred Meyer.  For this all I did was toss the baby carrots with 3 tablespoons olive oil, minced garlic, and some of my favorite spices (Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley). I cooked them on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray in a 425 degree oven for 25 minutes. 

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Finally, we only eat dessert on the weekends. I was having trouble with sweet ideas for dessert, and I didn’t have a lot of time to make something elaborate. So my mom suggested a Jell-o No Bake Cheesecake. These are one of the worlds most simple desserts, and I often forget about them. Literally all you do is add margarine and milk. You can even buy one that comes with a cherry topping. I bought this plain mix and topped ours lemon pie filling. So easy…so good. It’s cheesecake, not much can go wrong!

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