Merry Christmas Eve, friends. What are you most excited for? Church? Family? Presents? The food? Casserole? This is the first Christmas that I’ll be bopping from my in-laws to my mom’s, to my dad’s, then back to my mom’s, and unlike Four Christmases, I am thrilled. Again, unlike Four Christmases, my family does not serve crackers and spray cheese. We take food very seriously, both the Nettleships and the Urtsos, which I suppose is why I have a food blog to begin with.
At my mom’s, we always have a second Thanksgiving on Christmas. When I was younger, we’d make spaghetti and meatballs on Christmas Eve, head to church, return home to authentic hot chocolate, then somehow doze off, wake up on Christmas day, wait wait wait for my grandparents to show up (my Pop Pop was agonizingly slow), then open gifts and lollygag until “second Thanksgiving,” AKA Christmas dinner. My mom made a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, broccoli and cheese casserole, the whole nine yards, which I suppose is one of the reasons why Christmas is my favorite holiday. That, and Jesus. Which reminds me, you should start buying Christmas decor for next year today, because it’s all on sale! Here are some of my favorite Christmas-sale items:
Reindeer Plate. Mailbox Garland. Christmas Tree Napkin. White and Gold Ornament. Pinecone Wreath. Glass Decanter and Glass. Mary, Joseph and Jesus Nativity Scene. Luggage Ornament. Tea Cart. Tree Angel. Throw Blanket. Gold-Rimmed Wine Glasses. Santa Claus Apron. Reindeer Statue. Candle Holders.
Anyway, I wanted to copycat my mom and make a super easy “wintry” casserole to share with everyone on Christmas day. Normally, I’d spend forever in the kitchen whipping up something truly magical, but the thing is, I don’t have time this year (and believe me, I’m happy not to have time – I love when Christmas is busy busy and spent with loved ones). So, this is pretty much the easiest casserole you’ll ever make. It requires only three ingredients, and it is fantastic!
- One Package Bear Creek Creamy Potato Soup Mix (1,280 calories)
- One Package Manischewitz Egg Noodles (1,200 calories)
- 1 cup fat-free shredded cheddar cheese (180 calories)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Bring 8 cups of water to a boil.
- Add noodles and soup mix to water, and continue to boil for four minutes, stirring constantly.
- Drop heat to simmer and cook until noodles are soft, stirring constantly.
- Once sauce has thickened and noodles have cooked through, remove pot from heat.
- Grease a rectangular baking pan and poor noodle/soup mix inside.
- Sprinkle cheddar cheese over it and bake casserole for 12 - 15 minutes, or until cheese has melted completely.