Best Bresslin' Pasta Casserole Done Cincinnati Style

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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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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 ½ pounds ground beef chuck

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 6 stalks celery, chopped

  • 6 carrots, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) box elbow macaroni

  • 1 (8 ounce) package thin spaghetti

Directions

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

649 Calories
28g Fat
60g Carbs
40g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 649
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 381mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 40g
Vitamin C 16mg 82%
Calcium 346mg 27%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 1128mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.