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Beef Florentine Casserole Recipe

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Philip Oleksy


1 (8-ounce) package wide egg noodles
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups cottage cheese
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
chopped fresh parsley, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

2. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Note: While water is coming to a boil, proceed to next step.

3. Add ground beef to a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble it with a wooden spoon as it cooks. When it is about halfway cooked, add the onion and garlic.

4. Drain the grease from the pan and place back over medium-high heat.

5. Add Italian seasoning, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, sugar, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.

6. Stir noodles into sauce. Spread half the sauce/noodle mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan.

7. In a medium bowl, stir together cottage cheese, spinach, and Parmesan cheese.

8. Spread cottage cheese mixture over the sauce/noodle layer.

9. Sprinkle with half the mozzarella cheese.

10. Spread remaining sauce/noodle mixture over the cheese layer.

11. Sprinkle on remaining mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil. Be sure to spray the underside of the foil with cooking spray so the cheese doesn't stick.

12. Bake for 20 minutes.

13. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes.

14. Garnish with parlsey if desired.




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