Beef and spinach pasta bake

    1 hour 10 min

    This delicious meal is hearty, packed full of flavour and everyone will love it. Pasta is baked with spinach and a beef ragu sauce. Enjoy with garlic bread and/or salad.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 450g pasta
    • 285g frozen chopped spinach
    • 55g breadcrumbs
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 120g grated mozzarella cheese
    • 450g lean minced beef
    • 75g chopped onion
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 225g passata
    • 170g tomato puree
    • 450g tomato based pasta sauce

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. In a medium pot, cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain well.
    2. Cook spinach according to package directions.
    3. Meanwhile, brown beef, onion and garlic in a large frying pan over medium heat. Stir in passata, tomato puree and pasta sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes.
    4. Combine cooked spinach, cooked pasta, breadcrumbs, cheese, beaten eggs and olive oil.
    5. Spread spinach mixture evenly into the bottom of a 20x30cm baking dish. Top with meat mixture.
    6. Bake in a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 for 30 minutes.

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    The original recipe can be found on the Taste of Home website--it was one of those "how I got my kid to eat....." recipes (spinach was the secret ingredient). The original calls for 2 cups of cheddar cheese and 1-1/2 cups of mozzarella. Use lots of fresh baby spinach (steamed lightly) instead of frozen. Use fusilla (spiral) pasta. Olive oil is not necessary. This is a great make-ahead recipe, and freezes well.  -  13 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious! It made exactly two 6"x8" dishes. I baked one of them for 25 minutes at 350 and it was perfect. Really, really good. The one thing is that I think the quantity of spaghetti sauce at 16 ounces is a mistake. I looked and looked at the grocery store but I didn't find any 16 oz jars, only 26 oz jars... that and the complaints from other users that this dish was dry leads me to believe the author meant 26 oz not 16. So I used a whole 26 oz jar of spaghetti sauce and it was perfect, not too saucey and not dry at all. Just right. I froze the other 6x8" dish and will reheat it for dinner in a few weeks. My husband, who is not a very big pasta fan, thought it was delicious.  -  01 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe was delicious. I made it for my husband and daughter who dislike spinach and they ate it up. My in-laws came out the next day and the leftovers were gobbled up in seconds. Next time I think I will use ricotta cheese instead of mozzerella as it will add better flavor and add more moisture to the noodles during re-heating. The only bad thing about this recipe is that is really dirties a lot of dishes. Next time, I will simply defrost the spinach instead of cooking it and I will go ahead and mix it together with the eggs, cheese and oil right in the baking dish. Very good stuff, this will become a weekly meal in our house and the leftovers make good lunches.  -  21 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)