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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Inspired by . . . easy dinners

We were looking for something different for dinner last tonight, so I pulled up my Pinterest "food" board, to see what I might find.

A recipe from Melding Magic caught my eye.




I changed it a bit to fit what I had on hand, and also cut down on some of the fat.



Source: Originally adapted from a Kraft Recipe by www.meldingmagic.com

Further Adapted by: Inspired by June


1 package (12 oz) Velveeta Shells & Cheese

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

2 tsp garlic, minced

3 T butter {or 1 T extra virgin olive oil}

1 cup frozen green peas, thawed

1/2 a link of skinless beef sausage, cut into bite size pieces {we like Eckrich}

1 can (12 oz) tuna (packed in water), drained well 

1/2 cup mayonnaise



1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Prepare Shells & Cheese according to package directions.

3. Meanwhile, in small skillet, sauté onions, red peppers and garlic in butter {or olive oil} until soft. Add this mixture

(including butter) to Shells & Cheese, along with all remaining ingredients. Mix well. Spoon into lightly

greased 13 x 9 x 2-in baking pan.

4. Sprinkle panko over the top, as desired.

5. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 40 min., or until thoroughly heated.

6. Remove foil and bake a few minutes more until top browns to your liking.




I'd never tried Velveeta Shells and Cheese before, but I'm sure that's what made this casserole so rich and creamy. This was an easy, one dish meal that everyone enjoyed.

I bet it will make great leftovers, too!


Have a wonder-filled day,






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  1. It looks yummy, June! Have a lovely Novembrrrrrrrrrrr. Greeting from Scotland. :)


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