This recipe is great for leftovers. I've gotten very loose with it over the years and I don't even pay attention to the quantities listed in the recipe. I also use all different size pans, depending on what ingredients are at hand and how many of us will be at dinner. Although, I have to say, I mostly resort to using the recipe when Kevin is around because I know it will fill him up ;) Drew and Dave aren't big on carbs so I reduce the starchy ingredient. Also, I rarely stick to either the quantities or the sequence of the recipe - it's worked out pretty well to just make sure nothing is too dry on the bottom of the pan to make it stick.
The fun thing is that you can use just your favorite ingredients and go with a theme, like all Italian food ingredients or all Mexican food ingredients...or a seafood theme with fish and chips and rice.
The Universal Casserole
1 Cup Main Ingredient (tuna, chicken,turkey,ham, seafood etc.)
1 Cup Second Ingredient (celery, mushrooms, peas, hard-boiled eggs, veggies etc.)
1-2 Cups Starchy Ingredient (pasta, sliced potatoes, cooked noodles, rice etc.)
1 1/2 Cups "Binder" Ingredient (cream sauce, sour cream, tomato sauce, soup etc.)
1/4 "Goodie" Ingredient (olives, almonds, chestnuts, etc.)
Topping (grated cheese, chips, bread crumbs etc.)
If it seems dry, add some milk or stock.
Butter the casserole dish and bake @ 350 for 30-45 minutes
I just went back to using this old casserole recipe recently because Kevin was here - actually I've done 2 different ones this week and he loved them. (Dave complained that I was feeding him too many carbs, though). At any rate, the other good part of all this is that there's really only one pan to wash!
Good Luck ! I wouldn't try it on company, though ;)