easy eight layer casserole

Eight Layer Casserole

I love casseroles! You put all of the ingredients into one pot and cook! This casserole is not only  to cook, but it warms the heart during the winter months! Let’s face it: We all want simple and delicious meals that our family can enjoy together! This is super easy, and is a great comfort food recipe.  *Note: You can easily change this into a vegetarian dish! Simply leave out the ground beef, and add in your favorite variety of vegetables. I would recommend using yellow squash and eggplant. Those vegetables will keep your casserole nice and hearty!

Makes: 8 servings Prep: 30 mins Bake: 350°F 55 mins Stand: 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • cups dried medium noodles (6 ounces)
  • pound ground beef
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion (1 small)
  • 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, cooked and well drained
  • cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)

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

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