Monday, February 13, 2012

Baked Penne


I'm really excited to be sharing this next recipe with you.
I was recently challenged by the folks who make Philadelphia Cooking Creme to change up my weekly dinner routine. They asked me to swap out one of my usual dinner meals and try one of their Fresh Family Favorite meals.
Each month Philadelphia Cooking Creme features Fresh Family Favorite recipes.
Many of these creamy recipes have very few ingredients, are simple to make and are sure to please even your pickiest of eaters.  

And believe me, I have picky eaters in my family so I was definitely up for this challenge.

Have any of y'all tried this product yet?
My first experience with it was when I got a recipe card last summer from Kroger that involved the Italian Cheese and Herb Creme with orzo pasta, grilled chicken and chopped zucchini. I have been hooked on this stuff ever since.
It really is a great way to add a lot of flavor to your favorite dishes. 
You can use it in recipes that may call for sour cream or condensed soups to add a little extra zing to your meal.

So I picked one of Philadelphia's Fresh Family Favorite recipes, Baked Penne.
This recipe had just a handful of ingredients and it sounded tasty and simple to make.

Have I mentioned that I like simple?
Ingredients:
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup onions, diced
1/2 cup green peppers, diced
1 jar (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 tub (10 oz.) Philadelphia Italian Cheese and Herb Cooking Creme, divided use
1 cup Kraft shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided use
3 cups cooked penne pasta

I love green peppers but my family isn't too crazy about them so I left those out.

Directions:
If you haven't already cooked your pasta, do so first.
You'll need to bring water to a boil and then add in about 1 3/4 cups uncooked pasta (this should give you about 3 cups cooked since pasta nearly doubles in size after cooked). I always throw a little extra in for good measure.
When pasta is ready, make sure you drain excess water thoroughly.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray a 2-quart casserole dish (or 9x9 baking dish) with nonstick cooking spray.
Begin browning and crumbling ground beef with onions and green peppers (if using).
You'll need to do this in a large skillet because you'll be adding in your sauce and pasta to it later.
Once beef is browned, drain any excess grease.
Stir in spaghetti sauce, 3/4 cup cooking creme and 1/2 cup mozzarella.
Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until mozzarella is melted. 
Add pasta and mix lightly.
Spoon mixture into your prepared baking dish. 
Top with remaining cooking creme.
Then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
I sprinkled a little dried parsley on top for a touch of color.
Cover with lid or aluminum foil. 
When using aluminum foil, I like to spray the inside of the foil with nonstick spray so the cheese doesn't stick to it while baking.
Bake for 15 minutes. Then uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes so the cheese can get nice and melted and bubbly.
Serve it up with a crisp salad and enjoy.
Then tell your family it's their turn to do dishes!
We really enjoyed this meal.
Now you know it's a good sign when fingers are being licked.
Easy to make and filling.
Enjoy!








This program is not administered or sponsored by Kraft foods or its affiliates, but solely by The Country Cook.
I am one of 9 bloggers selected by Kraft Foods to participate in the Philadelphia Cooking Creme recipe program.  
While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own, and I have not been paid to post positive comments.

168 comments :

MARY STOTT said...

I SUBSTITUTE PHILADELPHIA COOKING CREAM FOR SOUR CREAM. WORKS GREAT, TASTES EVEN BETTER.

Aimee said...

I used the Philly cooking cream and made twice baked potatoes. Bake your taters, scoop out insides, add the cooking cream, bake again. So delish!!

Mippy said...

Hi!
I haven't tried it yet. I almost got some at the store last time I was there. I would try the baked Penne as well! :)
~Mippy :)

Mippy said...

Hi!
I liked Philadelphia on FB
~Mippy :)

Mippy said...

Hi!
I follow PhillyCream cheese via TWitter (MippyFoofalina)
~Mippy :)

Cathy said...

Sounds like a wonderful product, I would probably put it in my cheesy hash brown casserole!

Krista said...

Yep tried them. Love them. Posted my version of this today! LOL That's too funny! ~EMM

Donna L said...

I liked Philadelphia on FB. Haven't tried it yet but the Baked Penne looks good. :)

Cathy said...

I am now following and "liking" on FB, also.

Mippy said...

Hi!
I 'pinned' the recipe! :)
http://pinterest.com/pin/107242034846668558/
Have a great day! :D
~Mippy :)

Peggy said...

I used the southwestern cream in a fritatta yesterday - served with your butter dipped biscuits. My husband totally enjoyed breakfast. I have now "liked" Philly on facebook - will be looking for new uses.

Rustown Mom said...

I actually have tried that cream cheese when I had a coupon - there are also lots of good recipes on the containers. I printed out yours to make very soon!

Rustown Mom said...

I pinned this at:
http://pinterest.com/rustownmom/

Thanks!

jlkaelin8 said...

I liked Philadelphia on Facebook.

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jlkaelin8 said...

I followed Philadelphia on Twitter.

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jlkaelin8 said...

I pinned the Baked Penne recipe on Pinterest.

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Jenny.U said...

I already follow Philly FB

Jenny.U said...

Following Philly on Twitter

Jenny.U said...

I haven't tried it yet but thought "Creamy Pesto-Stuffed Shells" sounded good.

jlkaelin8 said...

We love the Baked Penne!! Been making it the past few months and it's an easy and delicious dinner. We also like the cooking creme with broccoli, pasta and chicken. Or instead of broccoli, I use spinach and sun dried tomatoes.

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4littlefergusons said...

Hiya Brandie! Just liked Philly on FB. Now I am heading to your wall to share our FAVORITE way to use these awesome cooking creme's, but you'll have to wait until garden time to make it. :P

amy beth marantino said...

i would like to try Creamy Chicken Florentine

sandra wyrick@hotmail.com said...

Hey Brandie, I just Liked Philadelphia! I use the cooking cream in ground beef, turkey or chicken as a low carb meal with a vegetable!

Mandy said...

I've never tried the cooking creme but I want to try it in place of sour cream and I am going to try it in this recipe. Thanks!

Manda said...

I made a dish with the creme once, it was a chorizo pasta dish. It was really yummy. My husband doesn't like cream cheese or sour cream so he wasn't a big fan, though.

Manda said...

I also pinned this recipe.

Manda said...

And liked Philly on fb.

Manda said...

And followed them on twitter!

Becky said...

I haven't tried the Philly Cooking Creme yet, but I would make the Creamy Chicken Florentine! Yum!

Becca amuseyourbouche.cookery@gmail.com said...

I haven't used this before, but that creamy mac and cheese recipe sounds AMAZING!

Becca amuseyourbouche.cookery@gmail.com said...

I like Philadelphia on Facebook.

Becca amuseyourbouche.cookery@gmail.com said...

Pinned this recipe on Pinterest.

abbi said...

I haven't tried it yet but there is a recipe for some Shrimp tacos that looks really good!

Alison said...

I haven't tried it yet, but your recipe looks delicious.

KristaP said...

I love to use the Italian Creme in place of pizza sauce on homemade pizza! So flavorful and delicious and so easy!

Connie Bolick Lee said...

I haven't tried it yet, but I thought the Salisbury Steak with Creamy Sauce would be a good one to try.

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Connie Bolick Lee said...

I like Philadelphia on facebook

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Connie Bolick Lee said...

I follow Philadelphia on twitter

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Krista said...

I made a great chicken dish using the Santa Fe Southwest, very good. Can't wait to make this one, sounds yummy!

The Better Baker said...

Brandie - you make everything look soooo yummy! I do LOVE the new cremes....I've made enchiladas with the Sante Fe creme. And another using the Savory Garlic...that one has yet to be posted at my blog. Thanks for sharing this tasty, cheesey, easy dish!

The Better Baker said...

Your recipe is pinned!

Krista said...

Liked Philadelphia on facebook & posted on my pinterest

JODI said...

I made a creamy bowtie pasta with some crispy chicken using the cooking creme and it turned out really tasty! I think I will try the country cooks recipe next!

JODI said...

I like philadelpha on facebook!

JODI said...

I pinned this on Pinterest!

Vera Guthrie said...

Thanks for the recipe. I have seem this in the stores but was not sure how to use it or what to make with it. I will give it a try.

dalee041790 said...

I haven't tried the philly cooking cream YET, but i definitely want to try the baked penne - looks awesome!

dalee041790 said...

I "LIKE" Philadelphia on Facebook

dalee041790 said...

I "FOLLOW" Philly Cream Cheese on Twitter

dalee041790 said...

I "PINNED" your baked penne recipe on my Pinterest Board - Meats, Seafood, and Entree - Emily Willingham

JC said...

I'd like to try Shrimp & Broccoli Fettuccine
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JC said...

"Like" Philadelphia on facebook
Jessie c.

JC said...

Follow Philadelphia on Twitter @tcarolinep

JC said...

"Pin" this recipe onto Pinterest
Jessie c.

Diane said...

Yes I love this stuff and I used the Philly garlic flavor cooking cream in a Pasta dish!
Delicious Hope to try some other flavors as well!

Diane said...

I liked Philadelphia on FB!!!

Lillian Child said...

Your recipe is now pinned on my That's Italian board on pinterest!

http://pinterest.com/pin/272608583664122647/

Lillian Child said...

I've used the garlic sauce as a substitute for hollandaise over my eggs benedict for sunday brunch!

Lillian Child said...

I already follow Philadelphia on FB!

Lillian Child said...

I now follow Philadelphia on Twitter!

Joan said...

Your baked penne just made me hungry for lunch. I have tried the Santa Fe blend and made chicken enchiladas. It was very good.

Kim B. said...

I have yet to try their cooking cream, buy it looks yummy! I'd like to try it in the baked penne recipe that you did :)

Kiri W. said...

Oh MAN, this looks good! I haven't worked with this cooking cream, but Philly cream cheese is a gold standard :) Lovely!

kim said...

i want to try the creamy pesto stuffed shells. i am a sucker for cheesy pasta!

kim said...

i pinned this recipe onto my pinterest board!

Anonymous said...

I have used the cooking cream to make a creamy sauce and it worked well. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Andrea D.
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Rhonda said...

I fixed this for dinner tonight & it was a huge hit!!!
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Rhonda said...

I usually add cream cheese to my potato soup. Wel, sine the Philadelphia Cooking Creme has come out, I also add this to my potato soup. We love it. It is also wonderful to use as a baked potato topping!
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Rhonda said...

I am a fan of Philadelphia on facebook.
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Pam H. said...

I used the original Philly Cooking Creme to make beef stroganoff....it was delicious!

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Pam H. said...

I 'liked' Philadelphia on facebook

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Pam H. said...

I'm following Philadelphia on Twitter (@MrsHwkns)

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Pam H. said...

I pinned this recipe on Pinterest

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Lynda Del. said...

I haven't tried cooking with it yet but would like to try the Creamy Chicken Florentine.
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Lynda Del. said...

I LIKE them on Facebook. ID: Lynda Castillo
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Lynda Del. said...

I follow you on twitter. ID: Lyndadawinda
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Krissy said...

Hi. I want to try the Baked Penne recipe using the cooking creme that you made and I also want to try the Crab Cakes with Savory Remoulade using the PHILADELPHIA Reduced Fat Savory Garlic Cooking Creme.

Krissy
kbmint@otelco.net

Krissy said...

I like Philadelphia on facebook.

Krissy
kbmint@otelco.net

Michelle said...

I haven't tried it yet, but that baked penne looks awesome!

Ronda Morhaime said...

I am a great fan of Philly and we love the new cooking cream...can't wait to try all the recipes...I also like them on FB...keep up the good work love your fb page and blog.

Michelle said...

I like Philadephia on FB

mimiof2 said...

I have not tried the cooking creme yet but i have been looking at it in the stores. I would also try this wonderful Penne recipe! Thank you for the chance & a reason to pick it up next time! :) mimieavers@gmail.com

mimiof2 said...

I follow Philadelphia on twitter. mimieavers@gmail.com

mimiof2 said...

I liked Philadelphia on Facebook. Thanks again for the chance & a great recipe!

mary said...

i have never used it before but i would love to give it a try with the easy chicken enchiladas!

Krissy said...

I "pinned" your recipe for Baked Penne on Pinterest.

Krissy
kbmint@otelco.net

Sonya Fountain Miller said...

I pinned it on Pinterest!

Sonya Fountain Miller said...

I've used it with twice baked potatoes~ yum!

agatewood1 said...

http://pinterest.com/pin/57209857736331490/pinned to my board thanks!
ashleygatewood1(AT)gmail.com

Yellow Streaks said...

I haven't used Philadelphia cooking cream, but I will now to make this recipe! Wow, yum!!!

Anonymous said...

I have used all the flavors of Philadelphia cooking creme and we like them all!
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Anonymous said...

I like Philadelphia on fb.
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Anonymous said...

I follow Philadelphia on Twitter.
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Anonymous said...

I pinned the recipe on Pinterest.
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icharlotte said...

No I havent used this product but your recipe looks like a great place to try it!

icharlotte said...

I "like" you on facebook, and I just "liked" Philadelphia Cream cheese on there too!

Joan@chocolateandmore said...

Brandi, Yum! I found this on Pinterest. I repinned! I will be making soon. I follow you on FB and I follow Philly on FB

Leslie Williams said...

I haven't tried it yet but would love to give it a try and make the Creamy Italian Chicken & Orzo Skillet.
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Leslie Williams said...

like the Philadelphia FB page
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Lisa said...

I haven't tried the Philadelphia flavors yet but would love to try the "Ultimate Creamy Beef Stroganoff" and "Spaghetti & Meatballs in Creamy Rosa Sauce", both of these sound wonderful.

I have "liked" Philadelphia on facebook. I have also pined the recipes I want to try to pintrest as well as the "Baked Penne" recipe.

Thanks for all the wonderful recipes.

email: lisa61163@yahoo.com

Sheena said...

I tried this cooking cream when it first came out and the recipe I tried turned out ok. I haven't used it since. I will be trying the recipe on this post. It looks delicious! Pinned this recipe and liked on FB! :)

Anonymous said...

I liked them on facebook :)
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Anonymous said...

I havn't tried there product yet but after seeing how much your little one enjoyed it, i can see I will be making baked penne in my future. Durham_81@yahoo.com (amanda)

claire @ the realistic nutritionist said...

I have been DYING to try that stuff, baked in this penne it looks delicious!

Linda B said...

I've been wanting to try this. The Santa Fe Chicken Casserole sounds yummy!
Linda B linda4stuff@tx.rr.com

Linda B said...

I LIKE Philadelphia on FB.

jlasces said...

I just pinned it on pinterest. Can't wait to try this recipe.

Ashley said...

I want to try this recipe! It looks sooo good!

Ashley said...

I like Philadelphia on facebook!

Ashley said...

I pinned this post!

missamandap said...

I would try the creamy chicken pesto & bowtie pasta

Amanda said...

I like Philadelphia on Facebook

Amanda said...

I follow Philadelphia on Twitter

Dee said...

I use the philadelphia cream cheese in dipping sauces during get togethers and I substitute it for sour cream ingredients! :)

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Dee said...

I like Philadelphia on fb as Dee G

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Dee said...

I follow them on twitter @deegee13 :)

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Anonymous said...

I substitute Philadelphia cream cheese in place of sour cream. It makes everything taste so much better.
Elizabeth
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Mari said...

I'd like to try the Shrimp Carbonara.

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Mari said...

I’m a twitter follower (LuckyDuckyToo)

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Mari said...

I’m a FB fan (Mari Doug)

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Sunnie said...

I have only used it a couple of times,. Id like to use it more though
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Sunnie said...

I like philly on facebook
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Sunnie said...

I would make the chicken florentine
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Patricia P. said...

I have tried both the Italian and Santa Fe cooking creams. Both delicious!

sharonjo said...

I used the Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme and made the Santa Fe Chicken Casserole recipe from the Kraft site. It was very good, and easy. Thanks!
sharonjo at gwtc dot net

sharonjo said...

I like Philadelphia Cream Cheese on facebook.
(Sharon O.)
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sharonjo said...

I follow Philadelphia Cream Cheese on twitter @sharonjo2
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MommaMary said...

I follow Philadelphia Cream Cheese on FB

MommaMary said...

I would make the Tortellini in Rose sauce

Jen D. said...

I would like to try the Shrimp and Broccoli Fettuccine

Jen D. said...

I liked Philadelphia Cream Cheese on Facebook under Jennifer Grimm

Jen D. said...

I am following on @LoveMyPhilly onTwitter under @MandalynnJDG

Kathryn Costa said...

Yes, I have tried Philadelphia Cooking Creme before and it is delicious. I used it to make a pizza with one of their recipes. It was very good. I would love to try the Penne recipe it looks yummy!

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Kathryn Costa said...

Like Philadelphia on FB (Kathryn Gatewood Costa)

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Kathryn Costa said...

Following Philadelphia on Twitter (@katbirdfl)

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Krissy said...

Hi. I posted a photo on your facebook page of a dish that I made tonight with Philadelphia Cooking Creme. I made the Baked Penne.

Krissy
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Debbie C said...

I have not tried Philadelphia Cooking Creme yet but plan to use the Santa Fe flavor in an Enchilada Casserole I make.

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Debbie C said...

I would like to try the Sausage-Vegetable Ragout Pappardelle recipe.

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Debbie C said...

I like Philadelphia Cream Cheese
on Facebook. Debbie Christie

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Tammy Hodgin said...

I like Philadelphia Cooking Creme on Facebook. I also posted a recipe video on Pinterest. I would also like to try the recipe you just posted here. Sounds yummy & easy!!

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Ms Smith said...

I'm looking forward to trying Santa Fe chicken casserole.

Ms Smith said...

I liked Philadelphia on Facebook. kareysmith

Ms Smith said...

I am following Philadelphia on Twitter. @kareysmith

Tina said...

I have used the Santa Fe on chicken! Delicious!

Tina said...

I "like" Philadelphia on Facebook!!

LB said...

I have used it a few times, usually with pasta

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LB said...

like philly on facebook - lori beth c....

LB said...

like philly on twitter - lbandj

LB said...

I posted on your wall: https://www.facebook.com/thecountrycook?ref=tn_tnmn&sk=app_106171216118819#!/thecountrycook/posts/322142114498461

fivegirls said...

I love pasta -- dowloaded both th baked zita and crock pot lasagne to try --I will definitely have to try the philly - sounds wonderful.

Nicole said...

I 'liked' Philadelphia on Facebook :)

I made this in my 8X8 baking dish and it came out fabulous. I also used .80/lb of ground beef since I didn't want any leftover. The dish was so amazing.My husband said it was much better than my old recipe for baked ziti! Great as leftovers too!

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pookiecat123 said...

I have not used philadelphia cream cheese for baking yet but I would like to try the baked penne.

Judy S
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pookiecat123 said...

I am a fan of theirs on facebook
Judy Sue

Judy S
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pookiecat123 said...

twitter follower of theirs
pookiecat123

Judy S
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Till Next Time said...

Here is my email addy:

Jam_b@comcast.net

Till Next Time said...

Ooops forgot my name too lol.
Alyssa aka Lysska
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Anonymous said...

I would liek to try the penne pasta you made! nanny_yaya81@yahoo.com amanda

Marla said...

I liked Philadelphia on Facebook!

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Amy Walker said...

Mashed potatoes! I use it in the place of sour cream or original Philly. YUM! (especially with Yukon Golds)

Amy Walker said...

I liked Philadelphia on FB.

Milo & Bryanna Nelson said...

I found this recipe on pinterest and had to try it. It was amazing!! My new favorite!! Thanks so much for sharing this with the world!!!

CANDACE BROWN said...

I TRIED THIS RECIPE TONIGHT AND IT WAS SO DELICIOUS!! I HAD TO SUBSTITUTE THE HAMBURGER WITH CHICKEN, SINCE I WAS OUT OF HAMBURGER, AND IT TURNED OUT GREAT!!! I DON'T KNOW IF HAMBURGER MAKES ANY DIFFERENCE OR NOT, BUT THIS RECIPE WAS SO DELICIOUS!!! MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH LOVED IT, AS DO MANY OF THE COUNTRY COOK RECIPES!! THIS ONE TAKES A HIGH FIVE IN OUR ACCOUNT OF RECIPES!! GIVING MANY THANKS TO BRANDIE FOR HER WONDERFUL RECIPE IDEAS!!!

The Country Cook said...

I'm so thrilled this recipe was a hit for you!! Woo hoo!! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know how it turned out! ~Brandie

Milo & Bryanna Nelson said...

I found this on Pinterest and have to thank you!! This has become a family favorite that I make often!! It is so delicious and I love it!!! My whole family does! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

The Country Cook said...

Thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to come back & let me know how much you like it! It really means a lot!

Anonymous said...

Wow-I tried this tonight with my husband and he ate every last bite! Thanks for the great idea for dinner!! We will be using this again soon!

Anonymous said...

I have been using a few table spoons of chive and onion Philly cream cheese in my padta dishes for a while now, or if I want a white sauce. My husband doesn't like cream cheese or so he thinks cause he has no idea! SHHHHH!!!
sharon
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Samantha Schwaniger said...

This is one of my favorite recipies of yours but they no longer sell this type of cream cheese where I am. :( Aby suggestions for replacement?