Recipe by Peachie Keene
Cooks like a casserole, tastes like a lasagna! This simple recipe takes out the complication of gourmet lasagnas and serves your family in less than an hour with the same great taste.
Top Review by mydesigirl
This would be a good replacement for lasagna! I made a couple of changes. I used 2 pounds of extra lean ground turkey and I also used fresh spinach that I chopped. We don't like canned spinach but fresh is wonderful! I think that if you start with a good, flavorful sauce, you shouldn't need any extra spices. I didn't have to or feel the need to add anything extra. I served this with garlic cheese bread and Recipe #59210. It made a terrific and very filling meal. Thanks so much for posting! Made for PAC Spring '09.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs extra lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb elbow macaroni
- 32 ounces prepared spaghetti sauce (I have used Prego or made my own)
- 1 (13 1/2 ounce) can spinach
- 6 ounces provolone cheese, about 8 slices
- 1 1⁄2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
Directions See How It's Made
- Prepare water to boil and pre-grease a deep casserole dish.
- Brown beef, onions and garlic in a medium sized sauce pan (if you don't like your onions a tad crisp, saute your onions and garlic until soft, prior to adding the beef).
- Add spaghetti sauce AND spinach to the beef, onion and garlic; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Pre-heat oven to 350, and add noodles to boiling water and cook until al dante.
- Drain noodles and return to pot.
- Pour the sauce mixture into the noodles, RESERVING two or so cups, and mix thoroughly. Set remaining sauce aside.
- Pour half of the pasta mixture into the pre-greased casserole dish, layer with 6 slices of provolone cheese, pour in the remaining pasta, break the remaining provolone into pieces, layer, and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Finally, pour on the reserved sauce.
- Bake, covered, on 350 for 35 minutes.
- Uncover, sprinkle parmesan cheese on top, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.