This recipe was FABULOUS! My VERY skeptical husband took one look at the fact that it was lacking ricotta type cheese (which I HATE and is why I chose this type of recipe!) and thought this was going to be awful. Boy did he eat his words (literally!) and LOVED every stinking bite of this. I used hot chicken italian sausage and I doubled the garlic and increased the spinach. I also used shredded mozzarella rather than cubed. The flavors are incredible. It almost tastes like a super rich tomatoe sauce but it's actually just the mixture of the pesto and the tomatoes blending beautifully together. It's truly unbelievable! I can't thank you enough for this one. It makes a ton and isn't ever finished by my 4 person family but the leftovers are great too! This is a 10 star recipe!
This is a wonderful recipe! My fiance requests this one often. We love hot italian turkey sausage and the pesto adds a wonderful flavor to this dish! I follow this recipe exactly (though sometimes I don't add the full 8 ounces of spinach, whatever I have on hand is usually closer to 5 or 6 ounces). Homemade pesto and fresh parm really add to the flavor. Thank you for a great recipe!
This was wonderful! My picky 8-year-old kept repeating, "This is so good! This is really good! You have to make this again!" I used sweet turkey Italian sausage instead of the hot, since my kids complain when anything is remotely spicy. I also used a whole bag of fresh spinach, since we really like spinach and it's a good way to get the kids to eat veggies. Yum! Thanks for the new recipe, Kathy!
5+++++ I am eating this for breakfast as we speak. This was great! I did increase the garlic and added extra spinach. I added a little bit of shredded mozzarella instead of cubed b/c I did not have it. I added the rest of the mozzarella on the top. One more thing, don't be afraid of the pesto. It blends into the sauce. Super Yummy:) EDIT: I have one thing to say about this recipe....MAKE IT! My DH said this has got to be one of the top 3 recipes on RZ:)
This was really good! I halved the recipe and it still completely filled my 8x8 glass pan. I used 1/4 cup of prepared knorr pesto sauce (all I had) and only baked it for 20 minutes. It was perfect!
Yum, Yum Yum! Made this for my kids (6, 8 & 10) and they LOVED it. I loved it too. Only change I made was to use Sweet Italian chicken sausage - my daughter can't take the heat!
This is what my family calls a "platelicker". It is my favorite go-to casserole and it is easy to make!
I made this for our dinner the other night and it was a BIG hit! I used baby spinach leaves, so I didn't bother chopping them up. I may have used a little too much pasta, as some of the ones around the edges were a little "crispy" but covering the pan with foil for the first 20 minutes or so would have prevented this. Leftovers were mixed with a little marinera sauce and extra mozerella cheese cubes and were yummy as well! Thanks for posting this, KathyP- it fills the bill when we're craving Italian!
Much better than I expected. Changes I made were I used leftover meatballs cut up instead of sausage and canned spinach. Also added a bit more pesto than called for and liberal shakes of onion and garlic powder. Really really good!
This was very good, i made this first with beef sausage and then with turkey, both turned out wonderful