Build-your-own-casserole

This is one of my favorite pantry clean out recipes. Whenever I have some scraps of meat or a bit of pasta left, I make one of these. Excellent with chicken or ground turkey. I like to use mushroom soup with a packet of onion soup mix and whatever frozen veggies I have left. Let your imagination run wild!

Build Your Own Casserole

1 cup sour cream or mayonnaise
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Choose one sauce maker:
10.75 oz tomato soup
10.75 oz Cream of Celery soup
10.75 oz Cream of Potato soup
10.75 oz Cream of Chicken soup
10.75 oz Cream of Mushroom soup
10.75 oz Cream of Broccoli soup
29 oz Italian-style diced tomatoes

Choose one frozen vegetable:
10 oz broccoli
10 oz corn
10 oz peas
10 oz beans
10 oz spinach
16 oz yellow squash
16 oz mixed veggie blend

Choose one pasta/rice:
4 cups egg noodles, uncooked
3 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
3 cups shells, uncooked
1 cup rice, uncooked

Choose one fish/meat/poultry:
2 cans tuna, drained & flaked
1 lb ground beef, browned & drained
1 lb bacon, cooked & crumbled
2 cups ham, cooked & chopped
2 cups chicken, cooked & chopped
2 cups turkey, cooked & chopped

Choose one or more extras:
1/4 cup bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup black olives, sliced & drained
1/2 cup celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4-1/2 oz can green chilies, chopped
3 oz can mushrooms, drained
1/4 cup onion, minced
1 pkg taco seasoning mix or homemade version
1 pkg onion soup mix or homemade version

Choose one or more toppings:
1/2 cup bread crumbs (homemade are the best)
1/2 cup crushed cereal
1/2 cup French-fried onion rings
1/2 cup crushed buttery round crackers
1/2 cup cheddar, shredded
1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/2 cup parmesan, grated
1/2 cup Swiss, shredded

Direction:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 13×9 baking dish.
Combine sour cream, milk, water, salt, and pepper with sauce maker
(omit sour cream and milk when using tomatoes).
Stir in frozen vegetable, pasta/rice, fish/meat/poultry, and extra(s).
Spoon into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with topping(s).
Bake, covered, for 45 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes.

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