Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Italian Casserole Creation

This one just came straight out of my head and it was GOOD. It's a combo of all the other Italian, penne-type one pot wonders I guess!


1/2 box of Penne Pasta - boiled until ALMOST done in salty water

1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb italian sausage - taken out of the casings
1 onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
1 or 2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 jar (or the whole jar) of Sauce --- I used Bertolli Carmelized Onion & Roasted Garlic

1 bar of cream cheese softened
1 egg
1 package of spinach, thawed and drained and squeezed dry
1/2 cup of parmasan cheese
2 cups of mozerella

Ok so ... get your noodles to boiling
Then brown your two meats, after they are brown, add in the onion, bell pepper and garlic until soft.Then add in the sauce. I only used 1/2 jar because I HATE it when my casseroles are runny. Let this just sort of meld together. Put a cover on it, turn it down low ... let it go.

In a bowl, add your parmasan, the egg, the cream cheese and spinach. When the noodles are done, drain them and add them HOT to this boil. It REALLY helps it melt your cream cheese. I just started stirring until this was pretty well combined.

Then in a greased dish I added a layer of meat sauce, then a layer of the cheesy noodles, then meat, then cheesy noodles, then meat - done!

I actually cooled this in the fridge for an hour and let it meld in the casserole dish.

After an hour, turn the oven on to 350 and I let this cook, uncovered for 20 minutes. Then I took it out and added the shredded mozerella to the top and stuck it back in for 10-15 minutes.


Deliciousness. We have plenty left over too - so this week is gonna be GREAT!