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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. —Lorraine Martin, Lincoln, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 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 large 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.


  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 13x9-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.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"I used fresh mushrooms and fresh spinach and it was a very tasty dish."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"I also used fresh portabella mushrooms and added a bit more than the recommended amount. Turned out fine."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"For my personal taste, there are a few changes that bring this recipe up to a 5 star; while keeping the basic recipe the same. 1) Use FRESH portabella mushrooms. I get why this writer uses canned mushrooms.....they keep on a shelf in a pantry. However they are rubbery and give no beefy taste.. 2 ). Same goes for the spinach. A 28 to 32 oz bag of fresh spinach cooks down to equal a 10 oz box frozen . I like the taste of fresh spinach, MUCH MUCH BETTER. I wilt the spinach down in a fairly dry pan. (Just a little cooking spray) over medium low heat,with a pinch of kosher salt OR garlic salt and a T. or so of parm cheese. OR just stir into the meat mix. The cottage cheese filling gets a nice flavor boost if you add a good pinch of dried basil (1/2 teaspoon or so ) and same amount of garlic powder and oregano. No need to go crazy with ALOT . but spicing up the cottage cheese is essential in my opinion. I do the same for any dish that calls for ricotta.."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"The title of the recipes in this section is" 9X13" baking dish. is there such a thing?

My oblong glass dishes are 8" X 12" Not saying there is not such a dish but I have not seen one. don't think the dishes would be interchangeable with the metal pans. They are different sizes and types of material, The glass dishes bake at a faster rate and many recipes say to lower the temp by 25 degrees if using glass.
They are not even featuring these in many of the recipes..appear to be square dishes.
There is a "9 X 13 " metal pan. In fact I have an entire Cook Book called the "9 by 13" pan which is fun to read."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"Made this recipe very good, only change I made is I use ricotta cheese in place of the cottage cheese. Will definitely made again."

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