Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dutch Oven Dinner

This dish is another of the wonderful surprises that we had made for us during my period of bedrest during the last part of my pregnancy. My friend Christy started a special section on her blog called "Sundays for Sarah" through which she had me select some new recipe that she would then prepare for my family each week. Her idea was that people could read the post about the new dish while saying a prayer for my little one. The response was phenomenal and we truly felt everyone's prayers. We are so appreciative for everyone's support!
Dutch Oven Dinner is a recipe that I found on another friends blog, "Annie's Eats." Annie commented that the recipe reminded her of a casserole that her parents would have made. I agree completely and this recipe certainly falls into the comfort food category. It is easy to throw together and simmers for an hour in a dutch oven. It couldn't be much simpler and has great, classic flavors.
Dutch Oven Dinner
1 pound lean ground sirloin
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
2/3 cup chopped mushrooms
2 cups frozen corn
1 package (10-12 ounces) egg noodles
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, with juices
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Brown ground beef in a 5 quart dutch oven or a large skillet with a lid. Add the onion, mushrooms, and corn. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread uncooked noodles evenly over the top. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the noodles. Pour the entire can of tomatoes over the noodles (be sure to cover the noodles entirely or else they will get chewy around the edges of the dutch oven). Simmer, tightly covered, for one hour; then let stand 3-5 minutes before serving.

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