Like many people, my mother was a ‘working mom’ and very practical when it came to cooking. Quick, simple, affordable, but filling for a family of four was her specialty. Her Potluck Supper recipe takes basically 5 ingredients, and showed up regularly on her dinner table. What makes it work for me? Not only is the recipe quick, simple, and affordable, the recipe is flexible too, and it is one of the few ‘casserole’ recipes that my husband enjoys. I hope you’ll enjoy Potluck Supper too.
1 pound ground hamburger
8 ounce tomato sauce
8 ounce can of hot dog chili (NOTE: I prefer to use Bunker Hill Chili No Beans)
1 cup macaroni noodles
2 14-ounce cans pinto beans (NOTE: I prefer dark red kidney beans, or one can kidney beans and one can black beans)
Boil macaroni noodles until al dente and drain off excess water.
Brown hamburger in large skillet. Drain excess grease. (NOTE: I like to add a sprinkle of minced onion and dried basil, plus salt & pepper to give the meat more flavor)
Add hot dog chili, tomato sauce and beans to hamburger in skillet. Stir thoroughly.
Add macaroni noodles. Again, stir thoroughly and bring to boil. Then simmer mixture for 10 to 20 minutes. If mixture seems dry, add a ½ cup water to keep it moist. Serve warm.
I like to serve this recipe with a light tossed salad or chilled fruit salad, but if you’re in a hurry this dish is tasty by itself!