Recipes and Riffs

Remember this book from an earlier post?

I prepared one of the recipes for dinner Tuesday evening and thought I would share it.  Don't worry, it isn't a complicated recipe.  This recipe is from the mother-in-law of a chick named Allison DeMarcus.  I have no idea who she is.  I guess this is where I should say that my husband and I are not familiar with who the country stars of today might be.  We could be sitting next to them at a restaurant and would never know it.  Moving on...

This recipe was delicious and super easy to prepare. The taste is a cross between pizza and pasta.  The recipe calls for elbow macaroni, but I used penne since we like that better.  You can serve it alone or with a side salad, and of course, with french bread. So, without further adieu, Miss Caron's Pizza Casserole...

(submitted by Allison DeMarcus for Southern Living's Country Music's Greatest Eats cookbook)

Miss Caron's Pizza Casserole
makes: 8 servings
hands-on time: 20 min.
total time: 1 hour, 5 min.

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
8 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni
2 (14-oz.) jars pizza sauce
1 (3.5-oz.) package pepperoni slices
1 (8-oz.) package shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Garnish: fresh oregano leaves

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Brown meat with onion in a large skillet over medium heat 7 to 8 minutes; drain and set aside.
2. Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Stir pizza sauce and cooked macaroni into meat mixture.
3. Spoon half of meat mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with half of pepperoni and half of shredded cheese; repeat layers.
4. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.



  1. The key here is meat, topped with multiple layers of meat and cheese. A vegetarian I am not. Heck, it'll make your husband convert the Prius to diesel. The official "Hubby Seal of Approval"!

    1. Thank you for your "seal of approval"! :-)


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