NORTHWOODS COOKS: One-dish meals for a winter evening

Add a row of pepperoni on top of the saucy pizza casserole. Combined with lots of mozzarella cheese, it is sure to become a family favorite. (Adobe Stock)
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Hearty meals in a pan, casserole or stew, served with bread and a salad, create a simple meal on a cold, winter night. These selections are from the Gooseberry Patch 5 Ingredient cookbook.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Stew

5 potatoes peeled and chopped

5 carrots, peeled and chopped


28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 head of cabbage, shredded

12-ounce package of corned beef, chopped

Add potatoes, carrots and tomatoes to a stockpot. Heat until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat. Stir in cabbage and corned beef and simmer for 20 minutes. Serves 4.

Saucy Pizza Casserole

16-ounce package of elbow macaroni, cooked

3 14-ounce jars pizza sauce


8-ounce package sliced pepperoni

8-ounce package diced pepperoni

8-10 ounce package mozzarella cheese

Combine ingredients and mix gently. Spread into an ungreased 2-quart casserole or 13-by-9-inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes. Serves 6.

Hearty Beef Stew

10-1/2 ounce can French onion soup

10-3/4 ounce can tomato soup


1 pound stew beef

5-6 redskin potatoes, quartered

8-ounce can baby carrots

Combine ingredients together and pour into an ungreased 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Serves 4-5 people.

Easy Veggie Bake

16-ounce package of frozen vegetables mixture with broccoli, carrots and cauliflower

10-3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup

8-ounce package vegetable-flavored cream cheese softened

1/2 to 1 cup seasoned croutons

Prepare vegetables according to package directions. Drain and place in a large mixing bowl. Stir in soup and cream cheese and mix well. Spread into a greased one-quart casserole dish and sprinkle with croutons. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees until bubbly, about 25 minutes. Makes 4-6 servings.

Pot Roast Casserole

8-ounce package fine egg noodles, cooked

2 cups pot roast, cooked and chopped

2 cups Alfredo sauce

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1/4 cup bread crumbs

Mix noodles, pot roast, Alfredo sauce and mushrooms in ungreased 2-quart casserole dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until crumbs are golden. Serves 4.

My Mom's Missouri layered dish

6 potatoes, thinly sliced

2 onions, thinly sliced

1-1/2 lbs. cooked ground beef

2 14-1/2 ounce cans crushed tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

In a 13x9 baking pan layer ingredients in order listed until pan is full. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Serves 4-6.

Readers are invited to submit four to five of their favorite recipes to Northwoods Cooks, along with a note about what makes them special. Send recipes to or by mail to the Park Rapids Enterprise, 203 Henrietta Ave. North, Park Rapids, MN 56470 and they may appear in a future issue.

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Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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