Love this dish!!!
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!!!
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