Cheesy beef and spinach pasta bake

    50 min

    This is a quick and delicious way to get kids to eat spinach! Beef mince, pasta and tomato-soured cream sauce are layered in a baking dish with spinach and mozzarella cheese.

    5 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 450g beef mince
    • 400ml tomato passata
    • 225g soured cream
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 130g farfalle (bow-tie) pasta, uncooked
    • 275g frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    • 120g grated mozzarella cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the pasta; cook until tender, about 8 minutes.
    2. Cook beef mince in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly until evenly browned. Drain off any excess grease and stir in the tomato passata, soured cream and thyme.
    3. Place the cooked pasta into the bottom of a baking dish. Spoon the beef mixture over the pasta. Cover with a layer of spinach. Top with grated mozzarella cheese.
    4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through and lightly browned on the top.

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    My family thought this recipe was wonderful. We'll definitely have it, again & again. I used fat-free sour cream, low fat mozzarella and ground sirloin. I was concerned that the outcome would be bland because tomato sauce, spinach and sour cream don't have much taste. As a result, I flavored the hamburger with Accent, garlic salt and onion powder as it browned. That's the only change that I made. I served it with salad and garlic bread. Thanks, KDB for a great recipe!  -  29 Aug 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I followed many of the reviewers' suggestions, and used 24 oz of tomato sauce, added dashes of garlic salt, Italian seasonings, and ground black pepper. It still tasted sort of bland, and I think that is because I used unseasoned tomato sauce. I then added some oregano and about 1/4 cup of chianti, and I really liked the taste. I blended all the ingredients and then topped with the cheese. I used a mixture of equal parts mozzarella, cheddar jack and crumbled feta. Everyone in the family loved it, but my husband thought it needed a bit more zing, and he suggested adding some sliced black olives and perhaps some diced tomatoes. I'm not so sure about the tomatoes, but I think the olives would give it the perfect taste. I'll try that next time!  -  28 Feb 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I really liked this recipe. I chose it because I wanted to get rid of some stuff in the fridge. I ended up using spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce, quesadilla cheese and cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella, and I even used canned spinach (well drained)instead of frozen because that is what I had. I used more than a cup of cheese because I love cheese. It ended up being a real comfort food, not fancy but warm and cheesy. I really liked it and my fiance did also.  -  28 Jun 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)