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Florentine Spaghetti Bake Recipe

Florentine Spaghetti Bake Recipe

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 YIELD:9 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta 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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage and onion, crumbling meat, until sausage is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in pasta sauce and mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook until heated through, about 15 minutes.
  • 2. Drain pasta. Combine the egg with the next five ingredients. Spread 1 cup sausage mixture in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with spaghetti and remaining sausage mixture. Layer with egg mixture and mozzarella cheese.
  • 3. Cover and bake 45 minutes. Uncover; bake until lightly browned and heated through, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 449 calories, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 1218mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.

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annrms User ID: 2649709 264546
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2017

"This recipe is good and easy! I cut the recipe in half, used corkscrew pasta because I had an open box; it worked out well. I also used ricotta instead of cottage cheese. I will make this again using spicy sausage and some Italian seasonings because the family enjoys spicier dishes."

clmgrose User ID: 4512541 264201
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2017

"Very tasty and popular with my family. Made it the first time with ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese because of my personal preference. Next time I will try it as written."

SharonScanlan User ID: 8525278 263252
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

"I made this for my grandchildren and husband and everyone loved it! The flavor is great and it was easy. Next time I'll use whole wheat penne pasta."

nopalito User ID: 3750663 263242
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

"Really good and easy and comforting on a cold day. As another reviewer noted, not very spicy, so just add 1/2 cup pizza sauce to the spaghetti sauce and it will perk it right up."

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 261311
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017

"In the oven for supper tonight! Very tasty and comes together quickly for a fast meal! While it's baking you can sit down and take a break! ??"

toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 261293
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2017

"My family loved this recipe. I don't care for the texture of cottage cheese so used ricotta cheese instead. Absolutely delicious!"

NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 261237
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2017

"Good hearty meal. We used whole wheat spaghetti and substituted chopped fresh kale for the frozen spinach. Not a very spicy dish, but definitely versatile!"

Michelle User ID: 9056893 261208
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2017 Edited Mar. 9, 2017

"Fantastic! A real crowd pleaser:) I made some tweaks to the recipe as I used 12 ounces of spaghetti instead of eight (only cook the pasta Until it's just el dente, it's going to cook again when baked) gound turkey ( which I seasoned with salt and pepper) instead of the Italian sausage, one jar sauce plus another half a jar of pasta sauce plus 2 tablespoons of Basil pesto, only half a package of frozen spinach. If you can find real mushrooms on sale I would recommend that. The cost of this was around $14 and worth it! You can definitely split this recipe and freeze half of it. This is definitely a recipe keeper. Thanks a bunch!"

rcaretti User ID: 4457525 260958
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2017

"I made this tonight, we loved it! I will be making it again, only I will make 1/2 the recipe for just three of us."

Alice User ID: 8927373 259044
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"Excellent dish. I had some left over sauce and added some turkey sausage to that. Also, had only partial boxes of spaghetti (wheat and regular). Everyone loved it.Definite winner."

Jellybug User ID: 53068 253675
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"I had almost all the ingredients for this dish, so I called a few neighbors for a few ingredients and to my happy surprise, one had the cottage cheese and the other had the chopped spinach I needed...This casserole is a keeper!! it was so homey and delicious...I shared some of the casserole with my neighbors and printed the recipe for them..."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 253662
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"This was really good. It so hard to get my kids to eat green vegetables! But this was a winner. It tasted great. It made a ton too. I fed 4 kids and two adults and still had a ton left over."

encarta User ID: 2187241 253483
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

"I liked it but haven't tried it yet. It just sounds tasty and easy to make. EVL"

Wieners User ID: 1845812 249149
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2016

"I needed to make changes to ground beef, 10oz. box of spaghetti, 24 oz jar of Prego and fresh spinach, because that's what I had on hand. I rinsed out the jar with a cup of water and added that to the meat/spaghetti mix. We liked this dish a lot and I will definitely be making this again."

Janadele User ID: 7087902 248442
Reviewed May. 20, 2016

"Good filling dish"

phenolic101 User ID: 7690842 247328
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2016

"Delish. Will definitely make again. Even better the the next day. Love it..."

CDoehrmann User ID: 1822476 246054
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016

"This was SO good! My only alteration was I used home canned pasta sauce. This is a keeper for sure! YUUUMMMM!"

Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 244833
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"Very good! I doubled the pasta and spaghetti sauce, and substituted rigatoni for the spaghetti, ricotta for the cottage cheese and used fresh spinach and mushrooms. I also added an extra egg, a bit more parmesan and used kosher salt instead of seasoned salt. My husband loved it! Definitely a recipe to try!"

nanwood User ID: 2351123 244436
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2016

"Even my daughter who is a very picky eater loved this recipe. It was easy to make and tasted delicious! What more can you ask for? The only changes I made were I used a 32 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce, and omitted the mushrooms. It was perfect."

GirishKatta User ID: 7329112 244036
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"Nice recipe"

1914skin User ID: 8300958 243725
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016 Edited Feb. 13, 2016

"There were just 3 of us for dinner tonight ..... not one scrap left over!!! ..... and my little dog licked the cassarole dish ..... needless to say it was scrumptious thank you so much for sharing"

JANENOV46 User ID: 3295323 242600
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

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

[email protected] User ID: 1202636 242495
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

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

Grandmaj2u User ID: 189795 242330
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.."

Nan44S User ID: 6735094 242297
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."

eskie137 User ID: 8087359 242288
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."

Kartay User ID: 8650061 242238
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"Not a hit in our house. Maybe I didn't make it right, but not the greatest."

cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 220464
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"A nice change of pace from the usual baked spaghetti. Got raves from the family. Will be making again."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 205836
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!!"

peytonfan18 User ID: 5268392 143991
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."

LadyJeanne1 User ID: 1448417 56397
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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