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Italian-Style Macaroni Casserole

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Italian-Style Macaroni Casserole is an irresistible side dish recipe. A delicious Italian-Style Macaroni Casserole is something you would never want to miss out on!
  Ground beef 2 Pound
  Onions 2 Medium, chopped
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), minced or mashed
  Canned sliced mushrooms 4 Ounce, drained (1 Can)
  Canned tomato sauce 8 Ounce (1 Can)
  Canned tomato paste 6 Ounce (1 Can)
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Mixed italian herbs 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salad oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Frozen chopped spinach 20 Ounce, thawed (Two 10 Ounce Packages)
  Soft bread crumbs 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Minced parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Grated romano cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Rubbed sage 1 Teaspoon
  Butterfly macaroni/Sea-shell macaroni 1 Pound, cooked in boiling, salted water (1 Package)

Beef Filling.
Saute ground beef, onions, and garlic in large frying pan (with a cover) over medium heat until crumbly.
Add mushrooms, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, herbs, salt, and pepper.
Stir mixture to blend.
Cover and simmer gently for 1 1/2 hours.
Spinach Filling.
In a large bowl, mix together the salad oil, spinach, soft bread crumbs, parsley, cheese, sage, and salt.
Stir mixture until it is well-blended.
Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan and place half the cooked macaroni in the bottom.
Top with half the spinach mixture and then half the ground beef mixture.
Repeat the layers, ending with the meat mixture on top.
Bake, uncovered, in a 350° oven for 30 minutes (if refrigerated, 50 minutes).

Recipe Summary

Side Dish

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