Hye Thyme Cafe: Chrissy Casserole

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e Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Chrissy Casserole

Chrissy Casserole : Hye Thyme Cafe

When I was a kid, my Mom had back surgery, and a neighbor brought this over for dinner (Thanks Mrs. B.). Because it was a simple dish, it was something I took to making regularly back then. I still make it on occasion, but I was very surprised when I first moved to New York to learn that my sister's family had been making it all these years and, thinking it came from me, had dubbed it Chrissy Casserole. J  The only difference was that she thought the recipe called for Mozzarella rather than Muenster cheese, so she has always made it with Mozzarella. It sounds like an odd combination of ingredients, but it really is a great comfort dish.

1 lb medium shell pasta
1.5 - 2 lb. ground beef
1 lg green bell pepper, cut into large chunks
1 lg can corn, drained
Spaghetti sauce
Muenster Cheese, sliced
Grated Parmesan

Cook the shells to al dente.

While your shells are cooking, preheat the oven to 350, and spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish, like you would for lasagna.

Cook the ground beef until just a little pink is showing, then add the corn and pepper and continue until the beef is cooked through. The veggies will cook more in the oven; you just want to take the crunch off the pepper (my pepper didn't make it home from the store somehow--either that or it rolled under a car seat--so I substituted a red this time, but the flavor of a green bell really adds to the dish).

Drain your pasta (and your beef if it rendered off a lot of fat), then add the pasta and enough sauce to the meat mixture to coat. You want to reserve some sauce for the top.

Spoon half of the mixture into your prepared casserole dish, top with a layer of cheese, and repeat.

Add more sauce to the top of the second layer, and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Bake until the Muenster is melted, the Parmesan is golden, and the sauce is bubbly, about 20".

Chrissy Casserole : Hye Thyme Cafe


  1. Sounds yummy!! I love pasta!! Never would thought to use muenster cheese!!

    1. I like it either way now - had it several times at my sister's with the Mozzarella, so I got used to it that way, but making it again myself, I went back to the Muenster automatically. :)

  2. Looks absolutely delicious! Can't wait to try it.

    1. There's not a whole lot you can do with pasta that isn't delicious LOL. I wish I had homemade sauce, but it came out of a jar this time. Haven't stocked my freezer in my new apartment yet.

  3. Hi Chris,
    Thank you for posting the Chrissy Casserole recipe.
    I’ve been looking for this recipe since forever! LOL. :D
    I’d like to invite you to submit the pictures of your Chrissy Casserole to http://www.foodporn.net so other chefs can make the same creation. :)
    You know it’s fun to make others hungry. :D
    Can’t wait for your recipe. :D

    1. Thanks for the invite, although when talking about "food porn," I'm sure I have other pics better qualified for that title. Will definitely look into it. :)


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