Thursday, May 21, 2015

Seven Layer Casserole

This is a recipe that has been knocking around for some time now, usually at the bottom of my lists. So it was about time to take it out and play with. You will recognize it as a learning step to building a real lasagna. A great first attempt. This is a very forgiving endeavor plus it tastes fantastic.

Just layer this together with good tasting, easy to find ingredients. It will be “your take” on lasagna that people will remember and ask for again and again.

  • 1 pkg wide egg noodles
  • 1 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 8 ounce carton low fat sour cream
  • 1 8 ounce package lower fat cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, cooked and squeezed dry with paper towels
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz)

  1. Spray a 2-quart square baking dish; set aside. Chop the onion. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside. Pre heat the oven to 350.
  1. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook beef until brown. Drain off fat. Stir in pizza sauce, tomatoes, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

  1. In a medium bowl beat together the sour cream and cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth.

  1. Stir in milk and chopped onion.

  1. In prepared casserole or baking dish, layer half of the noodles (about 2 cups)

  1. Next: half of the meat mixture (about 1½ cups),

  1. half of the cream cheese mixture (about 1 cup), and all of the spinach. Top with the remaining meat mixture and noodles. Cover and chill remaining cream cheese mixture until needed.

  1. Cover casserole or baking dish with lightly greased foil. Bake in 350 degree F oven about 45 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle a layer of the grated cheddar cheese all over the top.
  2. Bake, uncovered, about 10 – 15 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with a green salad, no need for a vegetable or even a bread.

NOTE: if you wish, add sliced fresh mushrooms and or green onions.

How about some music to make this dinner complete?

A wonderful hearty way to serve my Master Indy!


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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