Ham and Cheddar Noodle Bake

This is one of our favorite go-to meals. I know we both like it, and it’s like the epitome of comfort food.
It’s adapted from Tasty Kitchen, and the recipe can be found at this link.
Cast of Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups uncooked elbow noodles (or penne or other pasta)
     2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups diced ham
1 cup frozen or canned corn 
Cook the pasta until al dente.
Melt the butter in a skillet.
Add flour and milk and whisk until combined.
Grease a 9×9 casserole dish.
Put the cooked noodles in the dish.
Add cheese to the milk mixture and mix until melted.
Pour cheese mixture on top of noodles.
Top with ham and corn, and mix all until well combined.
Add more cheddar on top of the noodles for extra delicious cheesy goodness.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
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Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Hey everyone,

Hope you all had a great weekend! We sure did here.

My piano recital on Saturday went really well. I was really proud of all the kids who worked so hard! It’s so fun to see them succeed. Then Hubby and I had a date night! We ate at Chili’s and went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I actually really liked it, though I’ve heard mixed reviews about it.

This recipe I made on Friday night. I modified it from The Pioneer Woman’s original recipe. Not that I’m saying her recipes aren’t great the way they are! But I changed it to fit more for 2 people, as well as what ingredients I have in the pantry.

So, here we go! And again, my picture taking didn’t work out. I’ll try to do better this week, I promise.

Cast of Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1/2 chopped onion
1 eight oz can of tomato sauce
8 ounces of egg noodles
1/2 sour cream
2 tablespoons Philadelphia cooking creme
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Brown the ground beef and onion until cooked through, and drain the grease.
Add the tomato sauce to the meat and let simmer on low.
Meanwhile, cook the egg noodles until al dente. Drain, and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream and cooking creme. (If you don’t have cooking creme, just use cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, as the Pioneer Woman suggests)
Mix the cooked egg noodles with the sour cream mixture, and place in an 8×8 casserole dish.
Dump the ground beef mixture on the noodles, and mix everything together.
Top with the cheddar cheese.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

Yum! We love simple, comfort foods, and this is definitely one of them. Enjoy!

Ham and Potato Bake Casserole

This was a big hit for dinner last night! I wasn’t sure at first, because it almost seemed too simple. Hubby and I both really enjoyed it and had seconds.

This is so easy, anyone could make it.

The cast of ingredients:

3 medium baking potatoes
1 cup of ham
1/2 onion
1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese

Only 4 ingredients! How much easier could you get than that?

Peel the potatoes and slice thinly.


Dice the ham into small chunks.
Dice the onion.

Grease a casserole dish. I used a 9×9, but anything close to that size should be fine.
Using half of the ingredients, place a layer of potatoes, a layer of ham, a layer of onion, and cover with half the cheese.


Do one more layer in the same order: potatoes, ham, onion, and top with the rest of the cheese.


Bake at 400 for 45-50 minutes.

See what I mean? So easy! It reminded me of the scalloped potatoes and ham my grandmother used to make. Comfort food at it’s finest. Enjoy!

Blueberry French Toast

Happy Monday!

Well, I ended up switching the order of my meals a little bit. However, here’s the recipe for Blueberry French Toast Casserole to kick the week off.

What you need:

Casserole:
1/2 loaf of French bread, cut in 2 inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups of milk
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons of melted butter
Cinnamon-sugar

Topping:
1 cup blueberries
2 teaspoons butter
1/2 cup maple syrup

Spray an 8×8 casserole dish well. Place bread cubes in the dish. Beat eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla, and pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for 2-36 hours. Bake uncovered at 350 for 45 minutes. Remove, and cover with melted butter and cinnamon-sugar. Bake for 5-10 more minutes.
In a skillet, cook blueberries in melted butter for 3 minutes. Add syrup, and bring to a boil. Serve warm over the French toast casserole.

This was yummy, and I’m always a fan of breakfast for dinner! Of course, you could serve it for breakfast or brunch as well.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Sunday Suppers

Hello lovely readers!

A lot of blogs that deal with recipes and cooking do a “Meal Plan Monday.” I love the idea of meal plans, and I’ve gotten better at planning meals ahead of time, as well as incorporating new recipes.  But to me, seeing a meal plan on Monday does no good, since I do my meal planning and grocery shopping over the weekend. If I wait until Monday to plan meals, we’d be ordering pizza every night!

So here on eatplayread, I’ll be posting “Sunday Suppers” that will contain my weekly meal plan.  As I get more posts up, I’ll be able to link to the recipes, but for now, I’ll have to add the recipes during my weekly posts. Bear with me! Hopefully my meal plans will give you some suggestions of what to cook for your family!

This week on the menu we have the following:

Monday: Ham and Potato Bake Casserole, served with crescent rolls

Tuesday: Dinner with friends

Wednesday: Pasta Carbonara, served with Texas toast

Thursday: Easy Crock pot Pork Chops, served with rice and green beans

Friday: Blueberry French Toast, served with bacon

The weekends we usually take a little easier. Sometimes we’ll eat with friends or family, sometimes we’ll wing it at home with leftovers, and sometimes we eat out. After cooking all week, I like to have a break!

Good luck with your planning, and I hope you enjoy my suggestions!