Mennonite Seven Layer Dinner: #90 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

I learned to make this after enjoying it at my husband’s grandmother’s house. The seven layers are potatoes, onions, carrots, rice, peas, sausages, and tomato soup, with some salt and pepper for seasoning. It smells amazing in the oven and is a very comforting winter casserole for all ages.

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($10 total for 10 servings)

3-5 medium potatoes, thinly sliced – $0.90
1 onion, thinly sliced – $0.50
2-3 carrots, thinly sliced – $0.46
1/2 cup uncooked white rice – $0.18
2 cups peas, frozen – $1.00
1 pound chicken breakfast sausage – $3.99
1 32 oz. carton creamy tomato soup – $2.69
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Rub some olive oil around a deep casserole dish. Layer the potatoes, onions and carrots in the dish with a bit of salt and pepper. Add a layer of rice and then peas, then a bit more salt and pepper.

2. Arrange the sausages over top. Pour the tomato soup evenly over the casserole.

3. Cover and bake at 350°F for 1 hour, then turn the sausages over and bake for 1 more hour, until vegetables are tender and rice is cooked. Scoop all the way down to grab all the layers when serving!

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 2 = 1-3 hours
  • Servings:  3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 2 = moderate impact
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 16/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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