Monday, September 8, 2014

Muffaletta Casserole

Time for August Secret Recipe Club!

This month I had the pleasure of receiving Miz Helen's Country Cottage. As a read of Miz Helen's blog I knew it was filled with delicious recipes. However, there was one recipe in particular that I have has my eye on for awhile and I knew it was the perfect time to make it.  The recipe is for Muffaletta Casserole and it is absolutely wonderful. I worked at a bar called Nicky's for a about ten years up until I had Kellen. Nicky's had an amazing version of a muffaletta sandwich. Other places tried their best to make their own in the surrounding area, but they all failed miserably. I have been a muffaletta lover since I first had the sandwich after my first night on the job. I sw Miz' Helen's recipe I have had it on my list to make, but I never seem to take the plung and put it on our menu. I am so happy I finally made it because it is sooooo good. It really reminds me of one of my favorite sandwiches- cheesy, greasy, full of brine and full of flavor from the different meats. The other fantastic thing is that the recipe is very easy to put together with minimal chopping- perfect for a week night.

I was also happy to have the opportunity to learn a little more about Miz Helen from her blog. I knew that she organized Full Plate Thursday, but did not know that she facilitates the Texas Star Chili Cook-Off as well. I make a mean chili, but am in Wisconsin....wonder if I can still join.... I also learned that she is an organic gardener and, being a bit crunchy, I not only love homegrown veggies, but appreciate the effort it takes to maintain and cultivate an organic garden.

Thank you for a wonderful recipe my entire family loves!


1 pound Penne Pasta
1/2 pound grated Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 pound  grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 pound Smoked Ham chopped into thick strips
1/2 pound Genoa Salami, chopped into thick strips
1 cup Olive Salad Mix ( Boscoli is the one I used)
1 small can, sliced Black Olives, drained
1/2 tsp Cajun Seasoning


Cook the Pasta according to package directions, drain, rinse, and allow to cool.  Combine the cheese in a medium bowl.  Place Pasta in large mixing bowl and add Ham, Salami, Olive Salad Mix, Cajun Seasoning and  half the combined cheese.  Place in a greased casserole dish and top with remaining cheese.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until bubbly and cheese melts. 


  1. Hi Ashley,
    I am so glad that you got my blog and that you loved the Muffaletta Casserole. Thank you so much for your kind comments and you are sure invited to the Texas Star Chili Cook Off that will start on Oct. 1, so get that Chili ready. Hope you have a great day!
    Miz Helen

  2. Muffaletta anything and I'm in! How could anyone resist "cheesy, greasy, full of brine and full of flavor "?!?

  3. Ashley - We had you this month and loved the Zucchini Blueberry Bread :) Thanks for a great recipe!!

  4. Oh this looks so delicious! I love Miz Helen's blog and recipes. Visiting from SRC!

  5. This looks amazing! I'm thinking it would be great for a tailgate party! Great SRC choice!

  6. I never would have thought to create a muffaletta in casserole form - that looks awesome!! Great choice.

  7. This is going on my list of recipes to try. I can just see this disappearing at one of our Boat Club potlucks. Great Choice.

  8. WANT! This looks so good. Great choice!

  9. Mmmmm.....I'm sure this is a crowd pleaser.
    Don't you just love Miz Helen? I wish she was my next door neighbor. :)