Cheesy broccoli is a thing here too and not a casserole, but a cheesy broccoli casserole is as well. the Midwest USA defined the casserole as it exists today, Minnesota hot dish as it's known to many. I married in to this culture. I know their wares, but never ate most of it. I don't have them much, but do enjoy them.
I come from suburb of Philly and although I'm not Italian, I lived among enough Italians to be considered honorary status. Lasagna is a thing and it's pretty, but when it came to family gatherings, pot lucks, etc. it was always
8oz cooked penne
1.5 lbs browned seasoned ground sirloin
Peeled whole Roma's , vidallia onion, garlic, basil, oregano, parsley, s&p. Pinch sugar
Ricotta, Mozzerella, Parmesan, egg, parsley, basil
Mix all and top with mozz/ parm blend. Bake 375 for 45 minutes
Brought me back to my youth.Edited by Planethoff - 8/14/16 at 6:26pm