Beef, spinach and Cheddar pasta bake

    1 hour 20 min

    A simple, hearty and delicious pasta dish, which is a cinch to make. Pasta is baked with spinach, minced beef, tomato sauce and Cheddar cheese.

    86 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 450g medium pasta shells
    • 285g frozen chopped spinach
    • 250g lean minced beef
    • 3 3/4 (400g) tomato based pasta sauce
    • 225g grated Cheddar cheese, divided

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    3. Cook spinach according to package directions; drain.
    4. In a frying pan over medium heat, cook minced beef until brown; drain. In a large bowl, stir together cooked beef, spinach, pasta sauce and all but 4 tablespoons of the Cheddar cheese. Reserve 500ml sauce mixture. Stir the pasta shells into the remaining sauce mixture. Pour shell mixture into a 20x30cm baking dish and top with reserved sauce and sprinkle with reserved cheese.
    5. Bake in preheated oven 45 minutes, until browned and bubbly.

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    I cooked half an onion and 2 stalks of celery with the ground beef, as well as adding 2 cloves of garlic, fresh basil, fresh parsley, fresh grated parmesan cheese and dried oregano to the mix. I also only kept it in the oven long enough to melt the cheese- not brown it. It was delicious- even my kids ate it up. With some added ingredients, it is a 5 star recipe. Will make again.  -  06 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    We really enjoyed this, we've been eating on it all week and I'm freezing the rest today (a pound makes quite a bit!). I think this will be as good as the sauce you use for it. I'd recommend a traditional thick sauce. I made the sauce myself to get the taste I wanted. The recipe says to reserve 2 cups of sauce for the top which we thought was odd at the time but soon realized it was a good idea because it prevents the pasta from absorbing the sauce so much. My husband said, "This is great! You've really outdone yourself this time." Both of my children enjoyed it and didn't even know they were eating spinach! This tastes a lot like ravioli (which is great because I'm never ever going to stuff little pieces of pasta!) Simple ingredients -- nice change from traditonal pasta dishes.  -  21 Aug 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Better than I expected. I used one can of spaghetti sauce and one can of crushed tomatoes. I also used more spinach than recommended and we couldn't even taste it. Next time I would saute a small onion and some garlic and add that to this recipe. But even with out it, it was pretty good (not amazing or anything though) and we did end up eating it all.  -  07 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)