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Italian Spinach Casserole

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Simple and delicious crowd-pleaser of a casserole. If my toddler loves it, it must be good!

This is also great if you’d like to have leftovers in the house. Or give it as a gift or bring it to a potluck. Lots of possibilities with such a versatile dish!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces, weight Elbow Pasta, Or Other Small Pasta, Cooked
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 pound Ground Beef (or Ground Italian Sausage, Or Breakfast Sausage, Or Ground Turkey--whatever Floats Your Boat)
  • 2 jars Pasta Sauce
  • 8 ounces, weight Ricotta Cheese
  • 8 ounces, weight Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 bag Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 8 ounces, weight Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400F. Warm some olive oil in a pot and sauté the onion, garlic, and meat until the meat is browned. Add the pasta sauce and simmer.

In the bottom of a lasagna pan (or two 2-qt. dishes, as in my case), pour the cooked pasta. Spread the ricotta cheese in a single layer. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and the Italian seasoning on top. Next, spread the baby spinach in the dish. Ladle the meat sauce on top of the spinach, taking care that none of the leaves are uncovered. Sprinkle the mozzarella on top, as well as the remaining Parmesan.

Bake for 40 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown. If it starts to get too brown, tent the dish(es) with foil.

*I add extra garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper if my meat is not pre-seasoned.

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itsterry on 10.27.2009

Great taste and very easy! I will definitely make this again! Tasted like lasagna without all the work!

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warriormom on 9.8.2009

Super easy to make. Great dish except the pasta at the bottom needed a little sauce to give it some extra flavor. I will certainly make again with a few tweaks!
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