Monday, January 9, 2012

Recipe: Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

(adapted from Mommy Hates Cooking)

16oz of whole wheat penne (I used Trader Joe's organic pasta)
1 Tbsp of Butter
1/2 Tsp of Basil
1/2 Tsp of Parsley
1/2 Tsp of Garlic Salt
1/4 Cup of Flour
1/4 Cup of Water
1 Cup of Milk- I used 1 or 2 per cent
1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
26 oz Spaghetti Sauce, your choice. (We used jarred tomato sauce and added Italian seasoning to it)
1 lb Ground Beef

Preheat oven to 350*.

Cook the pasta as directed, and drain. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
In a sauce pan, melt the butter, adding in the basil, parsley, garlic salt, flour, water, and milk. Continue to stir with a whisk until they are a smooth consistency.

In a nonstick skillet, fully cook the ground beef. Once fully cooked mix in with the pasta.

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick spray, then pour the pasta and hamburger mixture in the bottom of the dish. Spoon the white sauce mixture over the top of the noodles, then cover with the spaghetti sauce. Finally top it off with cheese.

Bake this in the oven for 20 minutes.

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