Now that school is starting again with the hustle and bustle of carpooling, you don’t have time for spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Here is a terrific recipe that you can make ahead the day before and just pop it in the oven the next day.
Eight Layer Casserole
3 cups (6 ounces) dried medium noodles
1 pound ground beef
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 (8 oz) container dairy sour cream
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup milk
1/3 cup (1 small) chopped onion
1 (10 oz) package frozen spinach, cooked and well drained
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
Grease a 2-quart casserole or a 2-quart square baking dish; set aside. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creativity Bug ~ Sue