I thought I’d kick off the week and the meme with a family favorite which is also super simple time saver recipe, inexpensive, great ‘user upper’ of great food AND it was sooooooooooooo tasty I thought hubby was going to lick his plate. He settled for seconds though.

This recipe originally ran at 3 sides of Crazy 12-14-08. It was cold and snowy here that day. A day that just cried for a really hot lunch! So I took to the freezer and refrigerator to see what there was (we hadn’t planned on being here so nothing had been planned) and I found some leftover BBQ beef (which I drained of all sauce), 1/2 a package of shredded cheddar cheese, a can of cream of celery soup, some pasta shells and a can of diced green chiles. This is tlso the most perfect recipe for leftover Pot Roast or roast beef. We had 6 servings for $4.29 or $0.72 cents per serving.

Left over shredded beef (technically 0.00 since it was already accounted for)
1 can cream of celery soup (.96)
3 cups AL DENTE pasta noodles (1.12)
1 can diced green chiles, drained (.89)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (1.12)

  • Drain chiles.
  • Stir soup and chiles together.
  • Stir in beef until well blended.
  • Add pasta and mix well.
  • Pour into a greased 9×9 baking dish and top with cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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  • Mine is up! 🙂

  • This sounds delish!! Great blog! Thank you all so much. I will work on my recipe and come back to link up.

  • And it doesn’t seem low cost, in the sense that we aren’t talking Ramen noodles and dollar store food(I should not dis that. An older person I know buys most of her food at the dollar store and she swears they have good name brand foods). Cheap & tasty.
    I hopped over from Martha’s link.

  • This sounds fantastic. Love the idea of this blog.

  • Your chile bake sounds delicious. First of all, I love that you happened to have cheese and leftover BBQ beef. I want to live at your house!

  • LOL Suzanne, I always keep grated cheese in the freezer for that weekend omelet and as for the BBQ beef, it had been a pot roast on Sunday for a family dinner everyone bailed on last minute due to weather and then BBQ beef on Monday so it only seemed fitting to turn it into something really yummy on Tuesday!

  • My recipe is finally up, look forward to checking out the other posts. Thank you so much.

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