Greens and Mozzarella Casserole

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Recipe by Charmed

This casserole is really delicious, and is great if you're looking for a vegetarian meal. It has the added benefit of being low-carb meal, but you can add cooked macaroni to the cheese mixture if you wish. It works well with a variety of greens, but my favorite is spinach. I don't remember where I got this recipe, but I've been making it for a long time.

Top Review by God's_sugarcookie

Very yummy, and nutritious too!! We used whole cream instead of the half and half and the sauce was wonderfully smooth and creamy and lightly cheesy. The texture reminded me of alfredo sauce. It did slop around a bit as mentioned in other reviews but everyone like it, so thanks for a nice recipe to try!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Butter a 1 1/2-quart baking dish or casserole; preheat the oven to 375 degrees or (350 degrees if using an oven-proof glass dish).
  2. Cut out and discard the tough stems of the greens; if using kale or collards, cut out thick center ribs.
  3. Rinse all the greens and shake off any excess water, then chop them into 1/2-inch pieces.
  4. In a large skillet, cook the greens over low heat, adding them by handfuls and stirring them down as they wilt; add 1/2 cup of water if the greens seem dry.
  5. Cover the skillet and braise for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender.
  6. Pour off any liquid left in the skillet, then season the greens with salt and pepper; transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  7. Heat the broth and half-and-half in a saucepan just until bubbles form around the edge of the pan.
  8. In a large skillet, melt the butter over low heat.
  9. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for one minute.
  10. Add the hot broth mixture all at once and stir over medium heat until the sauce is smooth and thickened.
  11. Whisk in the grated Parmesan and ricotta.
  12. Stir the greens into the cheese sauce and pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  13. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and then sprinkle the grated mozzarella over the top.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling and the mozzarella is melted and lightly browned.
  15. Serve immediately.

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