Grandma’s Lil Smokies Casserole is one of my family’s favorite dishes. Apparently it’s a popular dish with many other families as well! I’ve been having lots of traffic to this recipe in my archives.
Since I’ve incorporated ZipList to my website, I decided to rewrite this recipe in the new format, to make it even easier for readers to add to their shopping lists!
You’ll love this recipe’s simplicity – some basic ingredients, that you may already have in your pantry, and a few steps to make this satisfying meal.
We like this dish as an alternative to macaroni and cheese, which we love and eat on a weekly basis…but this is a nice change with the more savory flavors.
I know 1/4 cup of parsley flakes sounds like a lot. You’ll be surprised to find that’s not even half of a typical container from the spice shelf. All I can say is that the people who package spices sure do pack a lot of flakes into those little jars and bottles!
This old fashioned recipe is one that I pulled from my grandmother’s recipe box. When she passed away, her recipe box was given to my mother, who handed it on to me. I really appreciate the treasures in that box! If you have a recipe box that’s been handed down, you know what I mean!!
My dad often told the story about this casserole, as one of the few dishes my grandmother made from “scratch” as most of her cooking involved boxes, cans and mixes. A few years ago, I made this casserole in honor of my father’s birthday, and I’m glad I did. He enjoyed the meal and we had a good visit. The bittersweet note to that story, is that he passed away before celebrating another birthday.
Lesson learned – celebrate each day and savor the meals and the moments that you have! Those moments become memories to cling to!
Step by Step Photos
Gather the ingredients for this recipe.
Start with the main ingredients, begin by cooking the pasta. By the way, if you don’t have elbow macaroni and you do have small shells, or twists, you may certainly substitute the pasta shape you have on hand.
Then make your white cream sauce.
When it’s time to eat, your family will love this casserole!