This is a family favorite and is great for family gatherings and pot-lucks. This dish can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated 1 to 2 days before baking. It may not look too appetizing during the preparation stage, but the end result is scrumptious.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 1 (8 ounce) package seashell pasta
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 (16 ounce) can chili without beans
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms
- 1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
- 1/2 cup chopped pimento peppers (optional)
- 1 pound shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente.
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef and onion until beef is no longer pink. Drain grease, and stir in the chili, cream of mushroom soup, evaporated milk, mushrooms and black olives. Mix in 3/4 of the Cheddar cheese and the cooked shell pasta. Transfer the mixture to a 9x13 inch baking dish, and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until the top is browned and bubbly.