Lately I have totally been digging a casserole. They’re typically easy to assemble. I can assemble them ahead of time and bake when I’m ready. Or I can leave them for my husband to put in the oven a half hour before I get home (totally what I did with this one), so he doesn’t have to really do any work and can relax (he works in a kitchen all week, I like to cook at home).
I also like that I can pack a lot of different nutrients and foods into a casserole. And I can usually hide something I do not like into the casserole. In this instance I will confess I am not a spinach fan. Sorry, I know that I really shouldn’t say that, but it’s true. I can sometimes dig it sauteed or steamed but raw spinach or eating it on its own is not my thing. I have mad respect for spinach and its nutritional value. I WANT to like it. Just as I want to like avocado, but it makes me nauseous (literally eating avocado makes me queasy). Therefore, I will include spinach in a way that I find enjoyable.
Say in lasagna for instance. My dad has a really good lasagna with cabbage that I’ve made in the past. And I typically I make lasagna with zucchini strips, totally good. However, they only had puny zucchini at the store and it would take a tone to get the strips that I needed. I did have a ton of spinach, however.
Score, I decided to give it a go. It was totally delicious and very easy to make. Plus, since it’s just Zach and I, we usually have left-overs for another day. I for one love left-overs, because even though I love to cook, sometimes I don’t want to. So heating up left-overs of a delicious meal is completely my fav.
I hope that you all enjoy this recipe!
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 jar marinara sauce (or make your own)
- 10 oz. ricotta cheese
- 2 oz. grated Parmesan
- Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper
- 4 cups spinach
- 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
How to Make it Happen: Preheat oven to 350.
Brown ground beef. Strain. Add marinara sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Mix the ricotta cheese, Parmesan, and some Italian seasoning in a bowl.
Assembly time! Lay down 2 cups of spinach. Add half the ground beef mix over the top. Next spoon and smooth half of the ricotta mix over the meat. Repeat for another round. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over the top.
Bake for 30 minutes. Dish out, eat and enjoy!