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Utah weather is the craziest thing.  I was laughing just the other day while thinking that the groundhog said that spring would come early, but on the last day of April, we woke up to several inches of snow.  Luckily, it all melted pretty quickly, but it was still cold enough to have me craving comfort food.  And nothing says comfort food like a casserole!

For some reason, this recipe really appealed to me. It’s strange, because normally, this isn’t the type of recipe that I’d totally want to make. But it made it on the list, and it was actually a very comforting, tasty dish. There is one thing I would change – I wasn’t crazy about the stuffing on the top. The leftovers were better than the first time around, mostly because the stuffing had ended up soaking up a bit of the liquid in the dish. But if I made this again, I would probably leave the stuffing off completely.  But this totally has potential – even with the canned cream of mushroom soup, which I’m normally not a big fan of.

What do you crave when it’s cold outside?

Sausage, Beef & Bean Casserole
adapted from Campbell’s Casseroles, One-Dish Meals and More

serves 6

prep time:  10 minutes
cook time:  30 minutes

1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
6 ounces baby spinach leaves
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
1 can (15-ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup herb seasoned stuffing
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Cook the sausage, beef and onion in a large skillet, breaking up the meat, until the meats are browned and cooked through.  Pour off fat.  Add the spinach and cook until it wilts.

Stir in the soup, milk and beans.  Heat through for 2-3 minutes.  Spoon the  mixture into a 2-quart baking dish.

Stir the stuffing and cheese in a small bowl.  Sprinkle around the edge of the dish.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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9 Responses to Sausage, Beef and Bean Casserole

  1. Erica says:

    I hope it warms up for y’all! The topping on the casserole looks delicious! Can’t beat a good crunchy topping

  2. ALli says:

    Spring has just started to show here in California. I have to say it is great. I had a sundered and flip flops on yesterday. At least you are filling the chilly days with yummy comfort food. Hope you have a sunny week!

  3. We have been having very chilly and dreary weather here in Texas the last few days (very unexpected when it was 92 degrees last week). It has had me craving soup!

    This recipe does look interesting.

  4. Heather says:

    Oh yeah! I would pack as much spinach as I could. I love spinach in a creamy casserole because it adds so much nutritional value, and with all those flavors- nobody is complaining!

  5. Joanne says:

    Sometimes you just gotta have comfort food and this is definitely one of those dishes! I love that it has cannellini beans!

  6. Emily Geaman says:

    Great dish! I love a casserole on a cold day, but I was also happily surprised to find a few casserole recipes this year that work for warm weather too!

  7. kat says:

    You’re right it does have a lot of potential

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