Beef and Pasta Florentine

Beef and Pasta FlorentineIt’s always hard at holiday family parties, trying to please not only the adults but the kids as well. This recipe does both while still providing a delicious, easy-to-prepare meal! This is also a great potluck dish, and can easily be made ahead and baked just before you to take to the buffet table.

1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean/Lean Ground Beef Round*
1 can (19 oz/540 mL) Italian seasoned stewed tomatoes
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) crushed/ground tomatoes
1 tsp (5 mL) EACH dried oregano, basil and salt
3 cups (750 mL) small shell pasta, about 300 g
1 box (300 g), frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup (250 mL) EACH light cottage cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese blend

Cook beef in Dutch oven over medium-high heat, breaking up with wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes; drain if necessary. Stir in stewed tomatoes, breaking up with spoon. Stir in crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt and 2 cups (500 mL) WATER; bring to boil.

Stir in pasta. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente.

Stir in spinach and cottage cheese; gently heat through, stirring occasionally. Bake or serve right away, spooning into individual bowls, topping each with some mozzarella. TO BAKE: Transfer mixture to 9 x 13-inch (3 L) casserole; top with cheese and bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until bubbly, 10 to 15 minutes

Makes: 10-12 servings

Per serving: 249 Calories, 18 g Protein, 7 g Fat, 30 g Carbohydrates, 13% DV calcium Good source of iron (23% DV), vitamin C (20% DV) and vitamin A (22% DV) and excellent source of zinc (31% DV), 26% DV sodium.

*Other Options: Lean/Extra Lean Ground Beef Sirloin, Lean Ground Chuck or Lean/Extra Lean Ground Beef

Cook’s Notes: When baked like lasagna, this speed-scratch spoonable casserole is perfect for a buffet.

Courtesy of Canada Beef Inc.