Layered Beef-Noodle Bake

Flavored cream cheese adds smooth texture and great taste to a meaty pasta casserole.

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

2 1/2
cups uncooked mini lasagna (mafalda) noodles (4 oz)
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef or lean ground turkey
1
jar (14 or 15 oz) tomato pasta sauce
1
container (8 oz) chives-and-onion cream cheese
1/2
cup reduced-fat sour cream
3
tablespoons milk
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain*
1/4
cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12x8- or 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook noodles as directed on package. Drain; rinse with hot water.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in pasta sauce and cooked noodles.
  • 3 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream and milk with spoon until smooth.
  • 4 Spoon half of the noodle mixture into baking dish. Top evenly with cheese mixture. Spoon spinach evenly over cheese mixture. Top with remaining noodle mixture. Cover with foil.
  • 5 Bake 35 minutes; uncover and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake about 5 minutes longer or until hot. Cut into squares.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12x8- or 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook noodles as directed on package. Drain; rinse with hot water.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in pasta sauce and cooked noodles.
  • 3 In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream and milk with spoon until smooth.
  • 4 Spoon half of the noodle mixture into baking dish. Top evenly with cheese mixture. Spoon spinach evenly over cheese mixture. Top with remaining noodle mixture. Cover with foil.
  • 5 Bake 35 minutes; uncover and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake about 5 minutes longer or until hot. Cut into squares.

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Expert Tips

*To quickly thaw spinach, cut small slit in center of pouch; microwave on High 2 to 3 minutes or until thawed. Remove spinach from pouch; squeeze dry with paper towels.

Vegetable cream cheese can be used in place of the chives-and-onion cream cheese.

Assemble this recipe ahead of time; cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. The bake time will be longer; watch closely for doneness.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
460
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
26%
(Saturated Fat
13g,
13%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
800mg
800%;
Total Carbohydrate
32g
32%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
24g
24%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
80%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.