Eight-Layer Casserole

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This ground beef recipe results in a luscious and creamy noodle casserole. Check out the make-ahead option, too! Prep it in advance so you can pop it into the oven for an easy dinner recipe after a busy day.

Eight-Layer Casserole
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
55 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
95 mins
Servings:
8

Ingredients

  • 3 cup dried medium noodles (6 ounces)

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 8 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream

  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup milk

  • cup chopped onion (1 small)

  • 1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, cooked and well drained

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

Directions

  1. Grease a 2-quart casserole or a 2-quart square baking dish; set aside. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook beef until brown. Drain off fat. Stir tomato sauce, basil, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl beat together the sour cream and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in milk and onion. In prepared casserole or baking dish, layer half of the noodles (about 2 cups), half of the meat mixture (about 1 1/2 cups), 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.

  4. 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 with the cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

  5. Makes 8 servings

Tips

Prepare as directed through Step 3. Cover with lightly greased foil and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; spread with remaining cream-cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before baking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

472 Calories
30g Fat
25g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 472
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 683mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Protein 27g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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