Layered Beef-Noodle Bake

Layered Beef-Noodle Bake

Flavored cream cheese adds smooth texture and great taste to a meaty pasta casserole.

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2 1/2
cups uncooked mini lasagna (mafalda) noodles (4 oz)
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef or lean ground turkey
jar (14 or 15 oz) tomato pasta sauce
container (8 oz) chives-and-onion cream cheese
cup reduced-fat sour cream
tablespoons milk
box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain*
cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12x8- or 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook noodles as directed on package. Drain; rinse with hot water.
  2. Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in pasta sauce and cooked noodles.
  3. In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream and milk with spoon until smooth.
  4. Spoon half of the noodle mixture into baking dish. Top evenly with cheese mixture. Spoon spinach evenly over cheese mixture. Top with remaining noodle mixture. Cover with foil.
  5. Bake 35 minutes; uncover and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake about 5 minutes longer or until hot. Cut into squares.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
*To quickly thaw spinach, cut small slit in center of pouch; microwave on High 2 to 3 minutes or until thawed. Remove spinach from pouch; squeeze dry with paper towels.
Vegetable cream cheese can be used in place of the chives-and-onion cream cheese.
Assemble this recipe ahead of time; cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. The bake time will be longer; watch closely for doneness.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 460
    • (Calories from Fat 230),
  • Total Fat 26g
    • (Saturated Fat 13g,
    • Trans Fat 1g),
  • Cholesterol 95mg;
  • Sodium 800mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 32g
    • (Dietary Fiber 3g,
    • Sugars 9g),
  • Protein 24g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.