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Friday, May 8, 2009

Mushroom Casserole

Every writer's worst nightmare is having writer's block. I've felt my groove had been misplaced for quite a while. That's what happens when life kicks you in the behind. Luckily, I've recently gotten my groove back and have crazily been trying to hammer out the ideas I have in my head before it loses its luster. In my immense concentration in trying to get this get a script written, I lose track of time. Before I know it, it's dinner time. I scramble for an idea for a meal.

To add on to it, the inside of my fridge is a sad sight. It was yelling out at me to "feed it" with stuff. Poor fridge. How I neglect it sometimes. But I do reward it with luscious produce every week from the farmer's market. It all works out.

I took stock with what I had around the kitchen. Some ramen packets, sliced portabello mushrooms, a can of cream of mushroom soup. Poof...Pow...Dinner! (Just imagine that in those comic book graphics)

With a full stomach, I happily went back to my writing.

Mushroom Casserole

2 ramen packets (minus seasoning packets)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 large portabello mushroom caps (diced)
salt & pepper to season
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Preheat oven 350˚F

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season liberally with salt and place in the ramen noodles. Cook for 5-10 min and drain.

In a pan, heat the oil and butter together. Saute the mushroom until they are tender and slightly darker. Season with some salt and pepper. Add in the cream of mushroom soup and mix well for 2 min. Turn off the heat, then mix in the ramen noodles.

Place the mixture into a casserole and bake for 20-25 min. Sprinkle some dry parsley for garnish.



Christo Gonzales said...

all you have to do is say mushroom and my mouth waters...this looks so creamy and delicious!

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian) said...

Mushrooms-that too in a casserole!! Yum,yum Jenn :)

Dewi said...

Look simply scrumptious dear!

Anonymous said...

Love me some comfort food.

The Duo Dishes said...

That's a souped up batch of ramen there. We've never used the noodles for anything different, so it's cool to see how variable they can be.

alice said...

Jen, I really love how you just come up with these dishes based on what you have. I would never have thought to use ramen noodles as pasta. So clever!

Jenn said...

doggy: I've a new found appreciation for mushrooms.

Sweta: Thanks!

Elra: It was.

Eric: Comfort food, yes.

Duo Dishes: Ya. I'm trying to experiemtn on what else I can do with them. As much as i love the soup version.

Alice: Ramen noodles brings me back to the ol' college days.

teresa said...

Great idea, I LOVE mushrooms!

Heather S-G said...

Quick, easy and delicious...what's not to love? Now get back to writing!

Thistlemoon said...

What a great dinner from the pantry! I love it!

Diana said...

Don't you love when you lose track of time writing? It's such a cool feeling! Makes me feel hard core or something! :)

Glad you and the fridge worked it out. Gotta keep that brain fueled!

Joie de vivre said...

My fridge is screaming out, "Clean me!"

chow and chatter said...

nice simple recipe, all the best with the script look forward to watching the movie!

Screamin' Mama said...

Very creative...I never would have even thought about using ramen noodles in a casserole. Ramen is just so versatile!

Reeni said...

You made a delicious something out of nothing. Looks great!

Jenn said...

Teresa: Thanks.

girlichef: I'm writing. I'm writing.

Jenn: =) There's always something to be made from the pantry.

Diana: Writing is like my escape from everything around me.

Joie: I'll take whatever you have i you fridge and put it in mine.

Chow and chatter: I'm making progress. =)

Screamin' Mama: Ramen is a great cheap alternative to regular pasta.

Reeni: Thanks.

Cucinista said...

What a great and inventive dish -- way to break the writer's block!

Jenn said...

Cucinista: Thanks.

Tangled Noodle said...

That's using your noodle(s)! This casserole looks so good. Come to think of it, I have some ramen packets in the pantry and I just bought fresh mushrooms today! Mmmmm, dinner . . .

Jenn said...

Tangled Noodle: There you go. Instant dinner idea. =)

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