Eight-Layer Casserole

Ingredients:

 

3 cups dried medium noodles (6 ounces)

1 lb ground beef

1 8-oz cans tomato sauce

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 8oz carton sour cream

1 8oz pkg cream cheese softened

1/2 cup milk

1/3 cup chopped onion

1 10oz pkg chopped spinich, cooked and well drained

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

 

 

 

Directions:

 

  • 1.
    Grease a 2-quart casserole or a 2-quart square baking dish; set aside. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
    2.
    Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook beef until brown. Drain off fat. Stir tomato sauce, basil, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
    3.
    In a medium mixing bowl beat together the sour cream and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in milk and onion. In prepared casserole or baking dish, layer half of the noodles (about 2 cups), half of the meat mixture (about 1 1/2 cups), half of the cream cheese mixture (about 1 cup), and all of the spinach. Top with the remaining meat mixture and noodles. Cover and chill remaining cream cheese mixture until needed.
    4.
    Cover casserole or baking dish with lightly greased foil. Bake in 350 degree F oven about 45 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
    5.
    Makes 8 servings
    6.
    Make-ahead directions: Prepare as directed through Step 3. Cover with lightly greased foil and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; spread with remaining cream-cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before baking.