Posted by starwoodgal on September 24, 2009
My husband loves ‘noodle mess’. His mother made this for him a lot when he was a kid. He thought the recipe was something complicated and I’m so ‘whatever! It can’t be that difficult. It’s noodles’. So I asked her what ‘noodle mess’ was one day and she just laughed and said ‘Whatever I have in the pantry, plus ground beef, tomatoes, and noodles’. (seriously) And, since I’m all about the easy-to-make, quick, down and dirty cooking method – on top of which the hubster loves this stuff – I’m all over it. I make this at least twice a month. Throw a little salad and buttery, toasted bread on the side and viola – dinner!
Mem’s Noodle Mess
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni or whatever pasta you prefer (I’ve made it with all kinds)
1 pound ground beef, or turkey, or sausage – your choice
1 can of diced tomatoes (season or not – your choice)
1 small can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic – chopped
Now – I’ve been known to add corn, red beans, diced green paper, mushrooms – whatever. If you have it in your pantry or frig and it sounds good, throw it in there. I bet replacing the tomatoes with Rotel would be really good too if you want to spice this up a bit.
Brown the meat, throw everything else in and season to taste with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, cook your pasta according to directions and drain. Add to the meat mixture and stir and that’s Mem’s Noodle Mess.
Throw a little grated cheese on top for kicks.
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Posted by starwoodgal on July 29, 2009
Boys and Girls of all ages! Do you need a delicious, scrumptious meal? A meal that tastes ‘out-of-this-world’ good and guaranteed to put the yum-yum face on everyone at the table? This is your go-to meal. Creamy, buttery, shrimpy (is that a word – and does anyone really care?). Whip up a batch of Shrimp Fettuccine and get ready to knock their socks off.
3 sticks butter or margarine
3 medium onions, chopped
3 to 4 ribs celery, chopped
2 large bell peppers, chopped
¼ cup flour
¼ cup fresh parsley
3 crushed garlic cloves
3 to 4 lbs. peeled shrimp (or crawfish tails) cut up
1 pint half and half
1 pint whole milk
1 lb. Velveeta jalapeno (Mexican) cheese cut into pieces
Salt, black pepper and red pepper to taste
1 ½ lbs. fettuccine, broken
Sauté onions, celery, and bell peppers in butter until clear and mushy. Add the flour, stirring well and often, cooking at least 30 minutes.
Add parsley, garlic and shrimp or crawfish tails, cooking at least another 30 minutes. Add half and half, Velveeta and seasonings, stirring well until cheese has melted. Cover and cook over low heat (simmer) at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook fettuccine, adding a little oil to salted water, according to package directions. Drain well and place in a large pot. Using a slotted spoon ladle shrimp and vegetable mixture over fettuccine. Add enough sauce until mixture is well balanced.
Pour into two buttered casserole dishes. Add more sauce after ingredients settle. Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly (30 minutes or longer).
Serves 18 to 20
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Posted by starwoodgal on December 10, 2008
Another great little recipe from Mimi’s big recipe book. Nutty Noodles! These are a great blend or salt and sweet and (what’s the theme of this BLOG? – say it with me) Easy to Make! One of the easiest, no-bake, 3 ingredient recipes you’ll ever run across. Warning. They are addictive.
Mimi’s Nutty Noodles
1 large (12 oz) package butterscotch morsels (you can use chocolate if you don’t like butterscotch)
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
1 large can of chow mein noodles
Melt butterscotch (or chocolate) morsels in a double boiler over boiling water. Drop in chow mein noodles and peanuts. Mix well and drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Chill until hardened. Store in airtight container.
Speaking of Nutty! Love that Maxine!
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