Friday, February 27, 2009

Recipe Thursday: Baked Pasta Florentine.

Ok, yes I know it's Friday; but I forgot to post one yesterday. This week's recipe is from one of my Paula Deen cookbooks. I actually haven't tried this one yet; but it sounds good. Try it and let me know what you think.

Baked Pasta Florentine:


1 package frozen spinach
1 Tbsp plus 1/2 cup veg oil
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1 jar pasta sauce
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 can tomato sauce
1 package seashell macaroni
1 cup shredded sharp cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 eggs, well beaten.


Cook the spinach according to package directions, drain, reserving the liquid and adding enough water to measure 1 cup and set aside.
In a large pot, heat the 1 Tbsp of oil over medium heat and brown the beef, onion and garlic, then drain.
Stir the spinach liquid, pasta sauce, tomato sauce, paste and salt/pepper into the meat mixture.
Simmer 10 minutes, then cover and set aside.
Cook the macaroni according to directions, drain and return to the pot.
Add the spinach, cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs and the 1/2 cup of oil ; stir gently to combine well.
Spread the mixture in a lightly in a 13 x 9 dish. Top with the meat sauce and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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