6 or 7 slices white bread (I used leftover hamburger buns)
1/8 to 1/4 cup butter to spread, 1/4 cup butter to toss
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) package noodles, cooked and drained (I used elbow macaroni. They are best if cooked al dente.)
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1/2 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 soup cans of water
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Spread butter on the bread slices and toast bread under a broiler until golden brown. Cut into small cubes. Melt the remaining ¼ cup butter in a medium bowl and toss in the bread cubes until they are well coated. Set aside.
Sprinkle the ground beef with salt and fry the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat for about 15 minutes until browned.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Butter a 2-quart casserole dish. Layer the noodles, ground beef and onion, and peas in the dish. In a small bowl, combine the two soups with the water. Mix well. Pour the soup mixture evenly over the layers. Drop the sour cream by teaspoonfuls evenly over the mixture.
Sprinkle the bread cubes on top. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle with the cheese. Return to the oven and bake uncovered for 10 minutes. Serve hot.
Jennifer Beckstrand is the award winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of
Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Her much-anticipated Amish series, The Honeybee Sisters, was released summer of 2016 and has created a lot of romantic buzz. Sweet as Honey received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and Sweet as Honey and A Bee in her Bonnet were both awarded Top Picks from RT Book Reviews. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and four adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.
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