Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Inside-Out Ravioli

Love this dish!!!

Inside-Out Ravioli

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 - 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach
16 oz. jar spaghetti sauce (I usually double this)
6 oz. can tomato paste
8 oz. can tomato sauce
8 oz. large shell macaroni, cooked & drained
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 C. soft bread crumbs
2 eggs, well beaten
1 C. vegetable oil
dashes of salt & pepper

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onion - then drain.  Cook spinach according to package directions - then drain and reserve liquid.  Add enough water to the reserved liquid to make 1 cup.  Add this to the browned beef, along with the spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, salt & pepper.  Simmer 10 minutes.  In a large bowl - combine spinach with macaroni, cheese, bread crumbs, eggs & oil.  Mix well.  **Spread the macaroni mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Pour the beef/tomato sauce mixture over top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

**I have started to put a thin layer of the tomato sauce mixture on the bottom of the pan to prevent the macaroni mixture from becoming too dry.  I have a gas oven and things tend to get extra done towards the bottom of the oven.

Here is a pic of the spinach/macaroni mixture being put together -

The tomato sauce mixture simmering -

Macaroni mixture in the pan -

Ouch - that pan has been thru a lot!!!!!  I only use it just for us at home!!
Now, the tomato sauce mixture has been added to the top -

Ready to go in the oven!!

I like to serve it with a salad and garlic bread.

I showed you Lucy on our washer machine - her "safe place" while I vacuum.  What is it about pets and the vacuum?  She gets settled up there and takes a nice nap!!  Although, it doesn't look like she is too happy about it!!!

I am linking to Tasty Tuesdays at 33 Shades of Green.  You can click here to see some great recipes!!


bj said...

yummm, this really sounds delicious. Bet my family would love it.

I'm having a tasty giveaway..come by for a try.
xo bj

Comeca Jones said...

That spinach macaroni looks fabulous thanks for sharing it.

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

YUM! What a Great Recipe! Cast Party Wednesday starts tonight at 12:00 midnight. I would love it if you came over tomorrow and shared some recipes with us.
I hope to see you there!

Cary said...

I will be making this tonight!

It looks so good!