Mexican Lunch

contributed by Kelley Hutchinson

1 lb hot pork sausage (I use regular)

1 lg can Stewed tomatoes (12oz)

8oz elbow macaroni

1 med. onion (diced)

1 green bell pepper (diced)

1.5 Tbspn Chili powder

1/4-1/2 pint sour cream

brown & drain the sausage in a large/deep skillet

add tomatoes, raw uncooked macaroni, onion, green pepper & chili powder, and bring mixture to a boil

cover & reduce heat to low & simmer for 45 minutes

add the sour cream & mix well before serving

we always served this with some buttered bread, the meal has some heat to it & the cool buttered bread made for a great side (or a mini taco)…you can increase the heat using hot pork sausage or more chili powder, served w/ a salad or some fresh fruit & you have a comforting meal memory from my childhood.

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Cheesy Sausage and Potato Casserole

contributed by Kelley Hutchinson

3-4 cups potatoes, peeled & cubed
1 Lb smoked sausage (or ham or keilbasa)
1 cup diced onion (or 1/2 cup diced green onion)
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp flour
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 lb Velveeta (or shredded sharp cheddar cheese)
1/2-1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or french fried onions)
1/2 tsp paprika

– preheat to 350 degrees
– boil potatoes until tender (apprx 10 mins?)
– cut sausage in half lengthwise, then chop into “half moon” slices & fry up lightly on stove top with the onions
– put drained potatoes & meat/onions into lightly greased 2 qt casserole dish and toss gently
– mix the butter, flour, milk, salt, pepper & velveeta together in the fry pan, whisking constantly until heated thru & smooth
– pour the white cheese sauce over the meat & taters, sprinkle the cheese (or fried onions) over the top & then sprinkle w/ the paprika
– bake for 35-45 mins until golden brown on top