Two Layer Baked Pasta

Recipe by CountryLady
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READY IN: 2hrs
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • RED SAUCE: Cook ground beef in a large skillet, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  • Drain off fat.
  • Add next 7 ingredients& cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes& paste, bring to a boil, then reduce heat& simmer until a spoon scraped across the bottom of the pan leaves a gap that fills in slowly.
  • This should take about 30 minutes.
  • WHITE SAUCE: Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan.
  • Whisk in flour& cook, whisking constantly, for a minute.
  • Gradually add milk, 1/2 cup at a time, whisking constantly; continue cooking& whisking until thickened, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in cheese& seasonings.
  • PASTA: Cook in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but firm, about 8- 10 minutes or according to package directions.
  • Coarsely chop spinach, add to the pot& give it a stir.
  • Drain well.
  • ASSEMBLY: Arrange half of the pasta mixture in a 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish.
  • Spoon red sauce over top; sprinkle with artichoke hearts.
  • Top with remainder of pasta mixture.
  • Spoon white sauce over top; sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake in preheated 375F oven until bubbly& golden, about 25 minutes.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • If made in advance& frozen, thaw in refrigerator& add 10 minutes to cooking time.
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