CommunityBest of the Bluegrass


In the kitchen with Jason Smith

Posted at 3:31 PM, Aug 13, 2021

Food Network star and Kentucky native Jason Smith will be in Lexington August 14 and 15 for the Crave Food + Music Festival. You can get tickets at The "Best Baker in America" judge gives you a preview of the fun event at Masterson Station Park. He also shows you how to make his "Pinch-A-Penny casserole" that is quick, easy, and delicious.

Pinch-A-Penny Casserole
Jason Smith, FNS

Serves 8
1-pound ground beef

2-tsp garlic powder

1-can cream of mushroom soup

1-cup elbow macaroni, dry

1-can (15oz) diced tomatoes

1-can (15oz) mixed veggies, undrained

2-cups shredded cheddar cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350° spray a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Place the beef in a large skillet, scramble and cook, then drain any grease.
  • Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, soup mix, macaroni, tomatoes and veggies; stir to combine.
  • Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 30 mins, remove cover and sprinkle cheese over the top, return to oven and bake, just until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Tip: In place of the beef you can use ground turkey or ground pork.