Italian-Beef-CasseroleThis hearty hungry-man casserole is one of my hubby’s favorites!

1 pound bulk Italian sausage (I use hot)
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
2 (15 oz each) cans tomato sauce
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 (2.25 oz each) cans sliced ripe olives, drained
2 (6.5 oz each) cans mushroom stems and pieces, drained
1 (12 oz) package wide egg noodles, cooked and drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. In a dutch oven over medium heat, cook the sausage, beef, onion and green pepper until the meat is no longer pink; drain.

2. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning and garlic powder; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Stir in the olives and mushrooms; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the noodles. Pour into a 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle cheese on top.

4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes or until hot. Makes 8 to 10 servings.


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