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Spinach Beef Macaroni Bake

This hearty casserole is great for a family reunion or church supper. I've also made half the recipe for family gatherings. It's become a special favorite of my grandson-in-law and great-grandson, who often ask me to serve it when they're visiting. —Lois Lauppe, Lahoma, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 casseroles (12 servings each)

Ingredients

  • 5-1/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, shredded
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven, cook the beef, onions, carrots and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, salt, garlic powder, pepper and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Drain macaroni; add macaroni and spinach to beef mixture. Pour into two greased 3-qt. baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 173 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 632mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • Joel
    Sep 23, 2020

    This is a good recipe, but be aware, the calorie count is wrong. Actual calories in this recipe is double what the recipe states here.

  • darlyn29
    Jun 26, 2020

    This is a must-have! A favorite for my family. Crushed ritz crackers on top and some extra cheese and we can clear the whole pan between just the 4 of us. ;)

  • Baking Diva
    Jun 16, 2020

    I've been making this casserole for years and it is always delicious. I always cut it in half as there is just three of us. I also stir the parm into the casserole and top with extra mozzarella. It's just good, hearty and simple.

  • LISeal
    Feb 26, 2020

    I have never reviewed before, but this dish inspired me. Simple to make, and worth every ingredient! I saved some to freeze for another meal. DON'T do this>the ingredients separated and had a funny taste. (Almost dropped a star, but it IS yummy).

  • Mary
    Feb 25, 2020

    Ok so I made this tonight, it smelled so good and looked so good, BUT it was missing something it was very dry, is it supposed to be dry..I added some sour cream to my bowl it was OK, then I tried mild sales naaaaah didn't taste right.... Did I do something wrong???? ??

  • Brenda
    Feb 10, 2020

    This was vvery good. Cut carrots in small chunks. Reduced the ingredients somewhat, there is only 2 of us. And used fresh spinach. My husband said it was a keeper. Thank you.

  • robbrd
    Feb 7, 2020

    Yum! We halved the recipe and used fresh spinach instead of frozen. Great flavor! We really enjoyed dinner tonight.

  • Christina
    Jan 31, 2020

    How do I cut this recipe in half when the numbers wouldn't be even?? Anyone??

  • klabelle9
    Dec 30, 2019

    Excellent! Very tasty dish light in calories.

  • CarolYako
    Nov 24, 2019

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