Monday, March 2, 2009

Heavenly Hash

Everyone in Minnesota has eaten (or at least been served) this hot dish in some form or another . . . . commonly referred to as Beef Goulash or something like that.

2 T butter
1 onion, chopped
1 rib celery, sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced (or 2 4 oz cans of sliced mushrooms, we never had fresh growing up)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
8 ozs. egg noodles or macaroni noodles
8 ounce pack cream cheese
2 cups corn (frozen) or 15 ounce can
1 can crushed tomatoes

Heat oven to 350F
Melt butter in large skillet. Saute onion, celery, green pepper and mushrooms in butter; add ground beef, saute and breaking up meat, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions in salted water, being careful to not overcook. Cut cream cheese into small chunks and put in large bowl. When beef is cooked, drain excess fat and add to bowl with cr. cheese. Toss until all ingredients are coated with cream cheese. Drain noodles, add to bowl. Toss to combine. Add corn, toss and then add tomatoes. Turn mixture into a 2 qt baking dish and bake about 40-45 minutes, until well heated.

**this is a little bit different, the cream cheese is really a good addition, much better than grated cheddar. Also, I like a little bit of tomato rather than sauce or soup . . .so I changed to crushed tomatoes.

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