Florentine Spaghetti Bake Recipe
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Florentine Spaghetti Bake Recipe

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This plate-filling sausage dish appeals to most every appetite, from basic meat-and-potatoes fans to gourmets. My daughter, a Montana wheat rancher's wife, says she serves it often to satisfy her hardworking family.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 9 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 491 calories, 28 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 1,243 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Drain pasta. In a large bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese, spinach, Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt and pepper. Spread 1 cup sausage mixture in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with spaghetti and remaining sausage mixture. Layer with spinach mixture and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer or until lightly browned and heated through. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Florentine Spaghetti Bake in Country Woman January/February 2004, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 491 calories, 28 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 96 mg cholesterol, 1,243 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 26 g protein.

This recipe pairs well with a medium red wine.

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

Excellent recipe! I sauteed red bell pepper with the sausage and onion and used ricotta instead of the cottage cheese.I used 4 garlic cloves instead of one. The directions and amounts are right on. Thank you for a great recipe I will make many more times!

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

This is such a delicious recipe! We all loved it! I sauteed chopped red bell pepper with the onion and sausage and used ricotta instead of cottage cheese. Directions and amounts stated are right on. Tastes like my lasagna but easier. I will make this many more times, one of the best casseroles I've made. Thank you for the recipe!

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Reviewed Oct. 11, 2011

Since it's just the two of us, I halve this great tasting dish. However, I still use 10 ounce box chopped spinach. Raving dish ~~ Definite Keeper!!

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Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

This is an amzing recipe. The amount for all the ingredients are spot on. I sometimes add ricotto cheese if I don't have cottage cheese and I always add fresh basil and fresh parsley and let it simmer for a while, before baking, for even extra flavor. Very good, you won't be disappointed.

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2007

Now this is one good cassserole. Better than lasagna in my opinion! I plan to try this using ground beef, something we always have on hand.

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