Minnesota Hot Dish

Sorry I have been a little absent from posting on my little web page. The last month has been hectic with a major plumbing issue in my basement (Minerva, I know you can relate). What was a little leak ended up jack hammering out a 15 foot section of my basement floor and replacing the pipe…..(tearing out carpet) moving furniture having a big hole in the floor for 5 days….need I go on..haha..

Then I got the dreaded flu….I am on the mend now, and it is a good thing to, cause Christmas is right around the corner and I have a ton of baking to do for my Christmas Trays, I hand out each year.

I know that everyone out there is just as busy or more so than I am. If you are looking for something simple to make for dinner that does not take a lot of time, you might want to give this recipe a try.

It is so simple to make Oldest Daughter Who Does Not Cook can make it.

Yes, seriously, it is that easy. : )

It is called Minnesota Hot Dish.

I found this recipe last year for my foods class when we were cooking recipes by regions of the United States. I stumbled upon this recipe (although there is a ton of variations on it) and thought it would be a perfect recipe the my students at school could try. They loved it so much, I made it at home, and my kiddos and grandgirls loved it too….even Company!

In fact, I put one together today and put it in the fridge to bake this weekend.

Anything I can do ahead so I can just bake in the kitchen and not worry about at least one meal.

It only takes a few ingredients to make this simple, yet satisfying dish.

You will need two pounds of hamburger, one can of cream of chicken soup, one can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 tablespoon of garlic, 1/2  chopped small onion, season salt, frozen mixed vegetables (you can used canned if you want) and tater tots.

First thing you need to do is chop the onion. I have to chop it really fine, cause Company does not like onions, so if hid them in a dish he can’t find them.

Brown the hamburger and drain the grease.

Add in the chopped onion, a tablespoon garlic and season salt to taste. I used about a teaspoon.

Cook until the onion is translucent.

Layer the hamburger in the bottom of a 9 by 13 baking dish.

Layer the frozen vegetables on top of the hamburger.

You will use two cans of cream soup.

In a bowl, mix the cream of mushroom and the cream of chicken soup together.

Evenly spoon the cream soup over the vegetables.

Spread the soup over the frozen vegetables.

Layer tater tots on top of the soup.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the tater tots are brown the layers are bubbling together.

You can serve it just like this with out cheese or………….

You can get out your favorite slice cheese.

And lay the cheese on top to melt. Then dig in. It is a complete meal in one.

Easy Peasy Nice and Easy!

Here is the recipe:

Minnesota Hot Dish


2 pounds of hamburger

1/2 chopped small onion

1 teaspoon of season salt

1 tablespoon of garlic

3 to 4 cups of mixed frozen vegetables (you can use 2 to 3 cans of different vegetables if that is what you have on hand)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 small bag of frozen tater tots.


Brown the hamburger and drain the grease. Put the hamburger back in the frying pan and add the season salt, garlic and chopped onions. Fry until the onions are translucent.

Layer the hamburger in the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan. Sprinkle the frozen vegetables over the top of the hamburger. Mix the cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup together in a small bowl. Spread the soup over the vegetables. Cover the soup with the tater tots. You should have 4 layers. Bake the hot dish in a 350 degree preheated oven until the layers are bubbling and the tater tots are brown and crispy.

This is a perfect recipe to make when you are busy and do not have a bunch of time to spend in the kitchen.



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Turkey Tetrazzini

Left over slow cooked turkey breast.

That is how this all got started

Or maybe it was the 8 to 10 inches of snow we were suppose to get last week.

It does not matter.

What does matter, is that I got to make this terrifically tasty Turkey Tetrazzini.

The pictures I used to post this recipe, is a double batch of the recipe.

When it was suppose to snow, I had the  Girl who does not cook, get a turkey breast out of the freezer. I thawed it out and put it in the crock pot all day to slow cook. Company came over that evening, and with all the kids, we had a great meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn and broccoli.

Even with all of us, we still had left overs. (which was fine by me)

The left overs gave me a chance to try this awesome Turkey Tetrazzini recipe. So, Tuesday morning, before school, I was able to put this recipe together and put it in the fridge. It was all wrapped up with plastic wrap until I came home from school to pop it in the oven.

It was great to have something I could just put right in the oven and sit on the couch and let the oven did the baking. In no time at all, we had this warm, creamy and comfy casserole ready to fill our plates. Everyone dug in and kept saying that this noodle thang sure does taste good.

Noodle thang?

Anywho, I put two noodles together and thought you would like a happy, tummy pleasing, easy to make casserole recipe. You can use canned chicken in place of left over turkey too. The noodles will not mind at all.

Here is what you will need:

You will need diced turkey, spaghetti, chicken base (or chicken bouillon) milk, flour, salt, pepper, cheddar cheese, onion and butter or margarine.

Can you tell I forgot to put the bread crumbs and the Italian cheese in the first picture? You will need these for the topping along with a little bit of butter.


First thing you need to do is cook the spaghetti, following the directions on the box.

Rinse spaghetti with cold water and drain off all the liquid.


To make the sauce, pour milk in a medium size sauce pan. Add the flour and whisk in. After you have the flour whisked in you can heat the milk mixture on medium heat.


Add in the butter, and the pepper.


Add the salt and the chicken soup base. (or a chicken bullion cube)


Continue to heat the milk mixture, making sure to whisked. Heat to boiling, stirring continuously so it does not form lumps. After it boils, remove from heat.


In the bottom of a lightly greased casserole dish, pour in your cheddar cheese. Then, your diced onion.


Dice up your turkey, and add the diced turkey to the cheese and onion.


Add your cooked spaghetti and combine all the ingredients.


Pour your white sauce  over the spaghetti mixture. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.


Melt a little butter in a microwave bowl. Add the bread crumbs to the melted butter and stir.

Sprinkle the casserole with the bread crumbs. Sprinkle Italian cheese on top of the bread crumbs. Bake until bubbly in a preheated 350 degree oven.

Garnish with more Italian cheese.

Grab a fork and dig in!

Here is the recipe:

Turkey Tetrazzini

Ingredients for the white sauce:

1/3 cup flour

1/3 cup butter

1 1/2 cup milk

2 chicken bouillon cubes (I used 1 1/2 teaspoon of chicken soup base)

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions for white sauce:

Combine in a saucepan and stir over medium heat. Stir continuously until it boils and thickens. Set Aside.

In a casserole dish, place:

3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese

3 cups coked spaghetti

2 cups cooked and cubed turkey

1/4 cup finely chopped onion or green pepper and or canned mushrooms (most of my family hates mushrooms, so I had to leave the mushrooms out)

Combine the casserole ingredients. Pour the white sauce over the ingredients and stir till the sauce in fully mixed in.


3/4 cup bread crumbs

2 tablespoons melted butter

Combine together and sprinkle on top casserole ingredients.

Top with a 1/4 cup of Italian Cheese (I sprinkle more on later for a garnish)

Bake in a preheat 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until crispy and bubbly

I hope this recipe tickles your noodle and you give it a try!



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