MILLION DOLLAR ITALIAN CASSEROLE

Recipe by Southern Lady
READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 8-10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bring water to boil, add salt and pasta and cook per directions.
  • Use 2 T of butter and grease a 9 x 12 baking dish.
  • Dice green pepper and onion.
  • Slice mushrooms.
  • Heat 2 T of garlic oil and saute on medium heat bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms 3-4 minutes.
  • Drain pasta and set aside.
  • Add ground sirloin, crumbling as you add. Add salt & pepper, breaking up beef into small bites. Remain cooking until beef is no longer pink, drain excess gease.
  • Add jar of pasta sauce and heat through.
  • While meat sauce is cooking, add softened cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese to a medium size mixing bowl.
  • Using a hand mixer or immersion blender, mix 3 ingredients until well blended.
  • Layer 1/2 pasta into baking dish, add blended cheese mixture and smooth evenly over pasta.
  • Evenly add remaining pasta followed by red meat sauce.
  • Cover dish with foil and bake 20 minutes. (I spray oil my foil so it doesn't stick).
  • Remove foil and add grated cheese on top.
  • Return to oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese has melted well.
  • Rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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