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Mexican Noodle Casserole, Some Tasty Links, and Technical Difficulties

by TastefullyJulie on November 5, 2012

So you may have noticed I’ve been missing in action for a while. Or maybe you didn’t. That’s OK, too!

I’ve actually been cooking up a lot of delicious stuff. I even took pictures of some of it. Like this Mexican Noodle Casserole, or Sopa Seca as it’s more authentically called.

Mmmm… It was really good.

Unfortunately, my laptop is having issues. The battery doesn’t hold a charge, and even when it’s plugged in it likes to just shut itself off without warning. Like when I’m in the middle of typing out the changes I made to a Mexican Noodle Casserole recipe that I only had in my head and now I can’t entirely remember what they were.

Grrr. Of course, we have two other computers in the house but I am a true creature of habit and I only like MY laptop.

I also made this…

…which was amazing. I didn’t change the recipe at all except for adding 2 links of turkey sausage (totally negating the vegetarian aspect of things) and a little extra sauce. Head on over to Fork Knife Swoon by clicking the photo above for this ultimate cold-weather comfort food recipe.

And as if that wasn’t enough of a carb-overload, I made these later that night…

…and they were HEAVENLY. If you have any snickers bars left from Halloween you should already be over at Cookies and Cups getting that recipe! You don’t even need all snickers. I used a mixture of snickers, milky ways, and 100 grand and it worked out perfectly.

Back to the Sopa Seca. You can find the original recipe here. I used rotisserie chicken in place of the turkey and queso blanco instead of cheddar. I can’t remember the rest of the changes but if you make it like this I’m sure it will be excellent. I do recommend serving the casserole immediately. Mine got mushy overnight. Yuck.

There you have it. Comfort food, three ways. Now if only I had the comfort of a reliable laptop…

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda@anunlikelydietitian November 6, 2012 at 6:45 am

That veggie bake looks soooo yummy! I love new ways with pasta, because if you’re avoiding creamy sauces, after a while you run out of ideas!
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2 Lauren @Part Time House Wife November 6, 2012 at 6:45 am

I’ve missed you!!! I hope you get the laptop sitchy worked out! To funny I HATE blogging on a laptop. Scott offered to get me a fancy schmancy MacBook and I turned it down. I only like the big clunky 2 screen desktop! Lol
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3 TastefullyJulie November 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm

My husband bought me an iPad and I made him take it back. I was like “ohhh, thanks, that was so thoughtful. But I can’t blog on this!”


4 Angie@Angie's Recipes November 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

wow I want that baked penne! looks fanfreakingtastic!!
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5 TastefullyJulie November 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm

It was!


6 CJ at Food Stories November 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

I love all three … sorry to hear about your computer issues, though :-(
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7 Mary@FitandFed November 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

That Mexican Noodle Casserole has possibilities, thanks for teaching me about that. I’ve seen Mexican sour cream at the store but I’ve never bought it. Did you use it in this recipe or did you just thin regular sour cream? Nice photo, BTW. Sorry to hear about your computer troubles, they sound very annoying, dying hard drive maybe? I definitely noticed your absence, I hope you get your computer straightened out soon!
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8 TastefullyJulie November 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Aw, thanks for noticing ;) I actually skipped the sour cream. And the bay leaf now that I think about it.
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9 Choc Chip Uru November 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

That blondies…. Oh man that blondies… ;)

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10 TastefullyJulie November 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Tell me about it. Actually, tell my thighs!


11 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies November 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I love Cookies & Cups! Those blondies look amazing, as does that penne. I fear my laptop is on its last leg too, but I choose to be in denial about it. I’m sorry about your computer issues. I hope you’re able to fix it soon!
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12 kitchenriffs November 7, 2012 at 10:56 pm

I’ve been wondering where you were! Sorry about your computer issues – computers are wonderful, except when they’re causing problems! Anyway, some nice dishes here!
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13 Abby November 16, 2012 at 9:45 am

I missed your face! or…words…but that doesn’t sound as good. I’ve got to see what that mexican noodle cass is all about, sounds yummy but I can’t tear my eyes away from the vege penne….oh my…
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14 kale November 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

you’ve been busy! technical troubles are the WORST! and i totally get it – it’s my laptop or none. i don’t seem to be able to type properly on other keyboards!
lovely photos as always. :)
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15 Viviane Bauquet Farre November 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

So scrumptious, Julie! Glad to have you back and at it in the kitchen! (we do notice when you’re not posting!)


16 jennie @themessybakerblog November 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm

All of it looks so yummy. I’m sorry to hear about your laptop; I know how much a pain in the booty that can be. Good luck with getting it fixed.
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17 Elizabeth @ Eating Local in the Lou December 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Sorry to hear that your laptop is not working properly. Glad to see that your camera is working well- your photographs are truly edible!
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18 Beth Michelle December 18, 2012 at 5:07 am

I have a think about using other lap tops too! There is something comforting and familiar when you sit down to write on your own.
These dishes all look and sound incredible! Pretzel bottom sinckers blondies?! Amazing.
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19 Alison February 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

Oh gosh I totally want to eat those blondies. You HAD to post those in the first week where I give up eating chocolate everyday, didn’t you?


20 Manu February 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

wow the noodles and the baked ziti look AMAZING!!


21 CJ at Food Stories February 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

Just checking in to see how things are going ~ Hope all is well :-)
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22 Viviane Bauquet Farre- Food and Style April 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm

This is just beautiful, Julie!
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23 Viviane Bauquet Farre- Food and Style May 13, 2013 at 12:12 am

I love the casserole, Julie!
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24 Cookin Canuck August 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

That sopa seca looks amazing! Heading to look at the recipe now.
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25 Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living September 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Sopa Seca. It looks delicious! I will have to give it a try.


26 ATasteOfMadness October 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I have yet to have computer issues *knock on wood* but my boyfriend has the exact same problem as you, which sucks because he’s halfway across the country, and our skype conversations usually stops after a few minutes..
But this looks fabulous! I would love some of this right now!
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27 Curious Little Kitchen December 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Where is the plate in the first photo from? It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Stop by :)


28 Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living January 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

I had the same problem with my mac, and I had to get a new charger. The Mexican noodle casserole looks amazing– I hope you’re able to post that recipe soon!
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29 Kathy @ Olives & Garlic February 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm

sorry to hear about your computer. The noodles look fabulous.


30 Washington John July 28, 2014 at 1:05 am

Is queso blanco another term for white cheese, or is it a totally different thing? I was wondering if brie or cottage cheese can also be good replacements for cheddar in the Mex recipe. I’d like to try the Sopa Seca because I love noodle dishes to pieces. Sorry about your laptop though, every blogger hates it when their laptop crashes. Hope it will be fixed soon or that you can find a better and equally comfortable replacement for it!
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31 Tyrian August 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

I really loved the vegetable baked penne, and I also want your laptop to be okay so that you’ll be back too!
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