Italian Style Casserole (Nancy Tucker)

While you are holed up in your self-quarantine, this might be a hearty, robust casserole for a hungry family. Looks like the macaroni will make a single layer topped with a beefy and tomato-y layer.

Italian Style Casserole (Nancy Tucker)

1 lb ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T salad oil

1 10 oz pkg chopped spinach (frozen)

1 lb jar spaghetti sauce

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

1 6 oz can tomato paste

1/2 tsp salt

dash pepper

2 cups cooked macaroni

1 cup shredded sharp (cheddar) cheese

1 cup soft bread crumbs

2 well beaten eggs

1/4 cup salad oil

Extra shredded cheese for topping, parmesan?

Brown beef, onion, garlic, in oil. Cook spinach according to directions, drain & reserve liquid – add water to make 1 cup. Stir spinach liquid and next 5 ingredients (spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, pepper) into meat mixture. Simmer 10 minutes. Combine spinach with macaroni, cheese, crumbs, egg & oil. Mix well. Spread in 9x13x2 pan. top w/ meat sauce, sprinkle with cheese if desired – Bake 350º 30 mins. Let stand 10 min before serving.


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