This is a quick and delicious way to get kids to eat spinach! Ground beef and tomato sauce are layered in a casserole with spinach and mozzarella cheese.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a pan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes.

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  • Crumble ground beef into a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly until evenly browned. Drain excess grease, and stir in the tomato sauce, sour cream and thyme.

  • Place the cooked pasta into the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Pour the ground beef mixture over the pasta. Cover with a layer of spinach. Top with shredded cheese.

  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through and lightly browned on the top.

Nutrition Facts

373 calories; protein 24g; carbohydrates 23.9g; fat 20.8g; cholesterol 74.9mg; sodium 583.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2004
My family thought this recipe was wonderful. We'll definitely have it, again & again. I used fat-free sour cream, low fat mozzarella and ground sirloin. I was concerned that the outcome would be bland because tomato sauce, spinach and sour cream don't have much taste. As a result, I flavored the hamburger with Accent, garlic salt and onion powder as it browned. That's the only change that I made. I served it with salad and garlic bread. Thanks, KDB for a great recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2012
I totally revamped this recipe following many of the other suggestions. I added onion, garlic, mushrooms, a jar of pasta sauce, black olives, basil, oregano, black pepper. I left out the sour cream, although would like to try it next time and I cut down the amount of pasta. I mixed all ingredients together except for 1 cup of cheese, which I placed on top. I baked this for 25 minutes. This was a saucy and delicious recipe that could handle almost any kind of variation. Read More
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154 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 60
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2004
My family thought this recipe was wonderful. We'll definitely have it, again & again. I used fat-free sour cream, low fat mozzarella and ground sirloin. I was concerned that the outcome would be bland because tomato sauce, spinach and sour cream don't have much taste. As a result, I flavored the hamburger with Accent, garlic salt and onion powder as it browned. That's the only change that I made. I served it with salad and garlic bread. Thanks, KDB for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2007
I followed many of the reviewers' suggestions and used 24 oz of tomato sauce added dashes of garlic salt Italian seasonings and ground black pepper. It still tasted sort of bland and I think that is because I used unseasoned tomato sauce. I then added some oregano and about 1/4 cup of chianti and I really liked the taste. I blended all the ingredients and then topped with the cheese. I used a mixture of equal parts mozzarella cheddar jack and crumbled feta. Everyone in the family loved it but my husband thought it needed a bit more zing and he suggested adding some sliced black olives and perhaps some diced tomatoes. I'm not so sure about the tomatoes but I think the olives would give it the perfect taste. I'll try that next time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2006
I really liked this recipe. I chose it because I wanted to get rid of some stuff in the fridge. I ended up using spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce quesadilla cheese and cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella and I even used canned spinach (well drained)instead of frozen because that is what I had. I used more than a cup of cheese because I love cheese. It ended up being a real comfort food not fancy but warm and cheesy. I really liked it and my fiance did also. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2010
I made this a 2nd time last night (forgot to review after the first time) and it came out awesome. I modified it just a little - I browned onion & garlic with the ground beef. For seasoning I used 1tbsp Italian seasoning instead of the thyme. In addition to the sauce I added a can of diced tomato. I did use the sour cream. I used fresh spinach (matter of preference, shouldn't change the flavor) and I put that in with the beef & sauce before adding to the oven pan. I used a mix of mozzarella & cheddar to use up open packages of each. Used shells (can't find w.w.bow tie pasta). We loved it with these modifications, we found it dry & bland otherwise. Hope you like it :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2006
I thought this was a great & easy recipe (my husband even approved). I did make some minor adjustments. I added italian seasoning instead of the tyme along with salt & pepper. I also added some crumbled feta cheese along with the mozzarella which gave it a great flavor. Finally, I cooked it the entire time with tin foil on top to prevent it from drying out. The only thing I would change would be to add at least 1/2 can more of tomato sauce to give you a little something to dip your garlic bread in! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/28/2012
I totally revamped this recipe following many of the other suggestions. I added onion, garlic, mushrooms, a jar of pasta sauce, black olives, basil, oregano, black pepper. I left out the sour cream, although would like to try it next time and I cut down the amount of pasta. I mixed all ingredients together except for 1 cup of cheese, which I placed on top. I baked this for 25 minutes. This was a saucy and delicious recipe that could handle almost any kind of variation. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2008
This is definitely comfort food. I added a little more tomato sauce, some onions, garlic, and Italian seasoning based on the other reviews. It was still a little underseasoned for our tastes, but I can adjust that when I make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2010
This is the first time I've ever cooked with frozen spinach. I changed the tomato sauce to a thick, chunk spaghetti sauce. I'm makin a conscience effort to include more vegetables into our dinners. This did the trick and everyone loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2007
I doubled up on this recipe and gave 1 pan to a friend... and we were surprised at how good it was! I used low fat yogurt instead of sour cream, and grated nacho cheese blend instead of mozzerella... but it was absolutely amazing! I'd suggest mixing all the ingredients except the cheese together too... then pour it in a dish sprinkle the cheese on and bake until the cheese is pretty =) Read More
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