What is Husky Delight?

Husky Delight is a casserole, named after the University of Connecticut athletic teams, the Huskies!  Husky Delight is a hearty, satisfying casserole of ground beef or turkey, tomato sauce, egg noodles, sour cream, cream cheese, chopped onions, green chilies and cheese.

I’ve always enjoyed looking at magazines and copying recipes that sound good to me and I bet you do that, too! During my years as a dietitian in various healthcare facilities, I liked to look at recipes in some of the magazines that came to the Food Service Manager, such as Food Management and Food & Institutions. These magazines were specifically for food service and the recipes were “quantity” recipes which could yield anywhere from 25-100 servings. Occasionally the quantity recipes would also include a smaller version of the recipe.

The recipe for Husky Delight was one that residents of a long-term care facility where I worked seemed to enjoy. A Food Service Director or Manager from the University of Connecticut sent in this recipe to one of these food service magazines and our Food Service Manager added it to the menu. The recipe for Husky Delight has been adapted for home use by decreasing and changing a few of the ingredients.

The Methodology

The steps to making Husky Delight are first to brown ground beef or turkey in a skillet. Add garlic powder, salt, sugar and pepper as well as tomato sauce after the meat has browned. Pour off any grease from the meat before adding the other ingredients.

Cover the meat mixture and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes. While the beef is cooking, cook the noodles according to package directions.

In a bowl, combine sour cream, cream cheese, onions and green chilies. (I used green onions the day I took these photos.)

Grease or use pan spray on a 2-quart casserole dish. Place a layer of noodles on the bottom of the casserole dish.

Add the meat sauce on top of the noodles.

Add the cream cheese mixture on top of the meat sauce and top with cheese of your choice. The original recipe called for Parmesan cheese but I used some sliced Provolone that I had on hand in the photo.

Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes until Husky Delight becomes bubbly.

The Recipe

Here’s the printable recipe:

Husky Delight Casserole
Serves 6
A hearty casserole featuring ground meat, tomato sauce, noodles, cream cheese, sour cream, green chilies and cheese.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  2. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. Dash pepper
  5. 2 (8-oz. can) tomato sauce
  6. 6 ounces egg noodles
  7. 4 ounces cream cheese
  8. 1 cup sour cream
  9. 1/3 cup chopped onions (or green onions)
  10. 1 (2-ounce) can mild green chilies
  11. Parmesan cheese or other cheese to top the casserole
Instructions
  1. In a skillet brown meat; drain grease. Add garlic powder, salt, sugar, tomato sauce and pepper. Mix together and cover; simmer 15 minutes.
  2. While beef is cooking, cook noodles according to package directions. Drain & set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, onion and green chilies.
  4. Butter or use pan spray on the inside of a 2-quart casserole dish.
  5. Place a layer of noodles on the bottom of the casserole dish.
  6. Add the meat sauce on top of the noodles.
  7. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the meat sauce.
  8. Top with Parmesan cheese or cheese of your choice.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes, until bubbly.
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Parting Comments

Husky Delight is a recipe in which you can vary the ingredients to your choosing. Instead of noodles, use your favorite pasta. Use your favorite cheese instead of Parmesan, or use what you have on hand. The sour cream and cream cheese give this recipe a creamy richness. Husky Delight is a great casserole to take to family gatherings, church socials or pot-luck suppers and to add as a “comfort food” entrée to your menu rotation for the month! Make some Husky Delight soon!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Comments

Husky Delight – A Connecticut Casserole — 48 Comments

  1. I have never heard of this, but it looks DELICIOUS! Almost lasagna-ish! I am totally putting this on the menu. Thank you for sharing it at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

  2. Hi Echo, Thanks for your comments and I know you’re going to like this casserole! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  3. Hi Linda, I hope you family likes the Husky Delight Casserole! Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  4. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by, Charlene. Thanks for hosting the Family Joy Blog! Blessings, Janet

  5. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up, Pinned ?

  6. Hi Angela, Thanks for pinning the Husky Delight Casserole. Thanks for hosting the Sunday Fitness and Food Link-Up! Blessings, Janet

  7. Janet, I’ve had something like this before, and it is good. This looks great. Leigh

  8. Mmmmm husky delight looks for tasty, and I will admit I found the name of your dish quite fascinating – I had to click and see! Thanks for sharing this at #HappinessIsHomemade this week, pinning to make some evening for my family!

  9. This looks like such a wonderful comfort food! Looks like it’s full of that creamy richness. ?

  10. Never seen a casserole quite like this! It look so yummy! I’d love to invite you over to our new link party, where we each actually make and try out a feature each week! It’s a fun party -http://uncookiecutter.com/2016/04/beer-battered-cod-link-make-8/. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Hi CJ, Adding cream cheese to any recipe just makes for a great creamy richness, doesn’t it? Hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Janet

  12. Hi April, Thanks for your kind comments and I’d be delighted to come to your new link party. Thanks for inviting me! Blessings, Janet

  13. It is like lasagna, goulash and baked ziti in one! Sounds delightful and a great comfort food. I love casseroles like this, especially to take to a friend in need.

  14. Hi Pam, I think boys would even like the name of this casserole! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  15. Hi Michelle, Nice of you to think of a friend in need! I think most people would like this casserole. Thanks for your comments! Blessings, Janet

  16. What a cute name for a dish. I love all the ingredients in this delicious dish and it is easy to whip them all. I am sure this would be gone in no time as our FF friends would surely love this. Thanks for sharing!

  17. We don’t eat casseroles, but your pictures and the recipe are tempting me.

    thanks for sharing at SYC.

  18. Now here is a casserole I know my folks would love! Sounds a bit like a strogonoff combined with a lasagne! Yum!

  19. Oh my goodness that looks good! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

  20. That looks delicious! I always love seeing the large quantity recipes, sometimes they really come in handy too! This scale looks practical for every day though. I didn’t expect the chilis, but I bet that is wonderful. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

  21. Hi Carlee, The mild green chilies were not in the original recipe but I added them and liked them. I hope you get a chance to try Husky Delight. Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  22. Hi Mollie, Always look forward to your comments and appreciate that you stop by often! Hope you enjoy Husky Delight! Blessings, Janet

  23. Janet, this casserole looks so delicious! I know my family would enjoy a meal like this and it’s so easy too! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #1

  24. Hi Katrin, Thanks for your kind comments! I hope your family likes Husky Delight! I’m happy to find Sweet Inspiration Link Party. See you again soon! Blessings, Janet

  25. I’m from Connecticut and I’ve never heard of Husky Delight, but it sounds good. Thanks for sharing your post at the Over the Moon Link Party.

  26. Hi Sandy, I believe Husky Delight was named in honor of the UConn Huskies, at least that’s what it said in the magazine I got the recipe from many years ago. I hope you’ll try it sometime! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  27. I’ve never heard of Husky Delight, but it sure looks yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  28. Hi Leigh, Thanks for stopping by and it’s my pleasure to link up at the Healthy Living Link Party! Blessings, Janet

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