Monday, June 2, 2014

Italian Beef and Spinach Casserole



3 cups medium noodles
1 lb. ground beef
1 jar (18 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 pkg. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup chopped onion (1 small)
1 cup shredded cheese

Spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish with non-stick spray.  Cook noodles according to package.  Drain and set aside.  In a large skillet brown ground beef.  Drain off fat.  Stir in spaghetti sauce and garlic.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer.  Cook uncovered for 5 minutes.  In a medium mixing bowl beat together the sour cream and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.  Stir in milk and onion.  In the casserole dish layer noodles, spinach, cream cheese mixture and meat mixture.  . 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cover casserole and bake about 45 minutes or until bubbly inside.  Uncover, sprinkle with cheese. Bake another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  Great with a salad and garlic toast or garlic knots.

Comment:  This dish started out as a recipe I found online but ended up being changed quite a bit.  It was supposed to be layered with noodles, meat, spinach, cream cheese, noodles, and again meat.  I made it simple by making each one layer instead of two.  I also used a jar of spaghetti sauce (your choice of flavors) instead of all the cooked onions, tomatoes, peppers, etc.  I do know one thing.  This is easy to make and it sure came out good.  I think next time I may add some Italian sausage or use spaghetti sauce that has Italian sausage as one of it's ingredients.

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