This delicious casserole recipe has taken me a few years to perfect. This is a bit of a different twist to your average baked pasta casserole. Do not let the diverse list of ingredients fool you. Kids love it too! This freezes nicely.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the beef, onion, garlic, celery, and carrots in the hot oil until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. While cooking, season with cinnamon, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add the spinach, tomatoes, and 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese. Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni and spaghetti, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta until not quite cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

  • Combine the drained pasta and the ground beef mixture in a large casserole dish. Top with the remaining Cheddar cheese. Cover the dish. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is completely melted, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

649 calories; protein 40.1g 80% DV; carbohydrates 60.2g 19% DV; fat 27.8g 43% DV; cholesterol 106.9mg 36% DV; sodium 381mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 1 stars
04/06/2009
Just way too much cinnamon taste for me... (or my family) Good base but the cinnamon over-powered everything else. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/06/2009
Just way too much cinnamon taste for me... (or my family) Good base but the cinnamon over-powered everything else. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/21/2009
I would recommend leaving out the cinnamon. We liked it other than that. Our family likes spicy food I do reccomend adding some chili powder crushed red peppers or anything with a kick to it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/23/2012
Best Bresslin' Pasta Casserole Haiku: "Cinnamon no-no. I'm convinced it was 'teaspoons.' Otherwise would fail." So I made this as written except there's no chance that it was supposed to call for that much cinnamon so I reduced it to 1/2 tsp. and honestly was OK w/ it. I did; however find myself irritated w/ the spaghetti noodle inclusion and would've preferred all elbows instead. Fairly tasty casserole but probably not one that I'd make again. Read More
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