Tightwad Gazette Casserole Recipe

Casseroles  are so easy, yummy and make a good amount.  This”Recipe”, from the Tightwad Gazette III,  allows you to use whatever ingredients your family will eat or use up whatever you have surplus of…

  • 1 cup main ingredient (suggestions: tuna, chicken, turkey, ham, seafood, hamburger meat)
  • 1 cup second ingredient – more than one item can be used to make the 1 cup (suggestions: celery, mushrooms, peas, chopped hard-cooked eggs, onion, garlic, corn, carrots)
  • 1 to 2 cups starchy ingredient (suggestions: thinly sliced potatoes, cooked noodles, cooked rice, beans)
  • 1  1/2 cups binder (suggestions: cream sauce, sour cream, can of mushroom or chicken soup)
  • 1/4 cup ‘goodie’ -optional (suggestions: pimiento, olives, almonds, water chestnuts)
  • Seasonings (suggestions: garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash or what other seasonings you have in the cupboard)
  • Topping suggestions: potato chips, cheese, bread crumbs

Thoroughly mix your combinations of the above ingredients. If it seems dry, add 1/2 cup milk or stock. Place in buttered casserole dish and bake at 350* for 30 to 45 minutes.


You use 1 cup of a meat and 1 cup of the secondary item. You can use more than one cup, but I would keep it close. I wouldn’t go adding three cups of chicken instead of one (unless you are big meat eaters!), but if I thawed a cup and a half I wouldn’t have any problem mixing that last half a cup in it.Say you use chicken for the first and broccoli for the second –you would use a cup each of these things. On the items listed above those aren’t set in stone. You can mix to your hearts content! That’s why this is a “Recipe” because you can use whatever! Just fill it up to a cup! Let us know how it turns out!

Hamburger Meat

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