Lazy Day Casserole Recipe

Too much partying on New Year’s? Want a simple meal for your family? Look no further!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

5 Italian sausages
1 pound red potatoes, cubed
1/2 pound baby carrots
1 red pepper, cut into large chunks
8 ounces whole fresh mushrooms
1 large onion, cut into large chunks
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chicken broth
3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Combine all of the chopped vegetables in a large roasting pan.
Whisk together the olive oil, minced garlic, basil, oregano and fennel seeds.
Pour over the vegetables and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour chicken broth over vegetables. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes, or until vegetables are just tender.
Meanwhile, brown sausages in a large skillet over medium heat. They do not need to be cooked all the way through, just browned.
Remove from skillet and slice into thirds.
Remove foil from vegetables and add sausages to pan.
Pour in balsamic vinegar and give everything a good stir.
Return the pan to the oven, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes, or until everything is browned as the sausages are cooked through.

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Easy Crock-Pot Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Instead of the original recipe that takes quite a bit of time to bake in the oven, I experimented with some of the ingredients, took some out, added my own, and used a crock pot instead. This recipe is always a hit at parties, potlucks, and family gatherings. It’s quick, easy, and yummy! Enjoy!

Easy Crock-Pot Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 package (16 ounces) frozen chopped broccoli
1/3 cup milk
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Chicken & Herb Soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’ s Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup
1 jar (8 ounces) pasteurized process cheese sauce (like Cheez Whiz)
2 cups minute white rice
1 cup of warm water
Large Crock-Pot

Heat the butter in your crock-pot high on heat.
Stir the broccoli, milk, soups, and rice.
Bake at high heat  for about 20-30 minutes, stirring every 5 or 10 minutes until the mixture is hot and bubbling.
Then add cheese.
After its ready, set your crock pot on low or warm. Then serve. :)