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Kids Love It Casserole Recipe

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I haven't found any child yet who doesn't gobble up this dish. It combines spaghetti-like ingredients plus nutritious spinach—which they never detect!—Lou Monger, Richmond, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
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  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 package (7 ounces) small pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 275 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 517 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook beef, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the next seven ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in macaroni, spinach, eggs, cheese and bread crumbs.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Kids Love It Casserole in Taste of Home February/March 1998, p14

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 275 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 517 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 19 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

I thought this was pretty good. I did change the recipe a little bit....I used 6 oz for FRESH spinach and I tempered the eggs before I put them in. I also used corkscrew pasta instead of macaroni. My girls even ate it and they aren't big fans of spaghetti.

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Reviewed Jun. 30, 2008

Uga. This casserole was not any good. It tasted really bad. I don't know what it's called "Kids Love it" because neither me, nor my husband and daughter liked it. Thanks,

Dawn

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