Hands Down, the BEST Casserole!

Being southern born and bred means having a deep-rooted love of all things casserole. It’s a southern tradition whether for a family gathering at Thanksgiving or the church potluck on Easter Sunday. And let’s face it, it’s comfort food at it’s finest! I love a good casserole not only because it’s typically easier, but because sitting down to a nice warm casserole with the familiar fragrance of all my favorite foods reminds me of childhood visits with my grandparents when life was simpler and carefree. It’s like a little piece of home no matter what’s in the dish!

This love of casseroles has carried right into my new way of low-carb living where it’s taken up permanent residence even if it means spending countless hours scouring through every recipe Pinterest has to offer. This casserole, however, didn’t come from Pinterest. I actually didn’t find it at all. It was sent to me by a friend who is also living the low-carb life (she is actually the one who turned me onto this way of life). She guaranteed we would LOVE it so much we’d want it twice a week, and she wasn’t wrong! It’s not only easy, it’s absolutely delicious! The original recipe can be found at Just a Pinch or you can use my slightly edited version below.

Meaty Broccoli Casserole

1 lb ground beef
1 lb mild pork sausage
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp minced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 bag (16 oz) broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
1(8 oz) block cream cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (not prepackaged)
salt and pepper to tasteBrown beef and pork together. Drain excess fat. Steam broccoli until tender. Whisk together softened cream cheese, oregano, onion, garlic, heavy cream and parmesan cheese until smooth. Add meat, broccoli, and stir until well mixed. Transfer to a casserole dish, top with mozzarella. Bake at 350ºF for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly all the way through.

One variation we love is to substitute chicken in the place of the beef and sausage. I use my Garlic Butter Chicken for a quick fix of left-overs! I don’t do real meal prep so when I have time on Sundays, I cook up all the chicken at once and store it in an air-tight container in the fridge for quick making of weekday lunch and dinner meals. It’s also nice to make up a jar of the sauce from this recipe to have on hand for a quick fix. (This busy working mom doesn’t have much time for the kitchen!) Grilled chicken works well also! Really this casserole is so versatile, you can do just about anything- even no meat at all! Can you say yummmmmmmy!

Nutritional info based on the recipe above, per serving: 424 calories, 34g fat, 5g carbs, 23g protein

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