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Cheese And Spinach Noodle Bake

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Ingredients
  Whole wheat noodles/Rich egg noodles 10 Ounce (Store Bought / Homemade)
For filling
  Cottage cheese 1 Pound (Rennetless Cultured With Acidophilus / Regular)
  Fresh parsley 1⁄2 Bunch (50 gm), leaves taken
  Chives 3⁄4 Bunch (75 gm), cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths (1 Small Bunch)
  Fresh mint sprigs 8 , leaves taken
  Freshly ground black pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
For spinach sauce
  Frozen spinach leaves/1 pound fresh spinach leaves, well-rinsed 10 Ounce, frozen defrosted (1 Package)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), pressed
  Onion 1 Medium
  Butter/Margarine 3 Tablespoon
  Whole wheat flour 3 Tablespoon
  Vegetable bouillon cubes 2
  Water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), boiling
  Nutmeg 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Paprika 1 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat the oven to 350°.

MAKING
2) In a large pot of salted boiling with 2 tablespoons oil,
boil the noodles for 4-7 minutes for fresh noodles or 8-14 minutes for dry noodles until cooked, drain.
3) In a buttered 9 x 13-inch baking dish, spread the noodles evenly over the bottom.
4) In a food processor bowl with a metal blade, process the cottage cheese until just smooth.
5) Add the parsley, chives, mint, pepper and salt, process until the herbs are chopped medium-fine.
6) Spread the cheese evenly over the noodles, reserving some for garnish.
7) In a pot, place the fresh or frozen spinach and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 3-5 minutes, until moisture has evaporated, remove and keep aside.
8) In a processor bowl with a metal blade, process the onion until chopped medium-fine, keep aside.
9) Add spinach and process until finely minced.
10) Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water, keep aside.

FINALIZING
11) In a 2-quart saucepan, saute the onions in the butter over a medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes until soft.
12) Sprinkle in flour, stir continuously and cook for 3 minutes.
13) Gradually stir in the vegetable broth and cook for 3-5 minutes over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and smooth.
14) Stir in the spinach and nutmeg, add salt as desired
15) Spoon the spinach sauce evenly over the cheese layer,
add the reserved cheese mixture and sprinkle with paprika.
16) Cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.

SERVING
17) Slice into squares or spoon out with a large serving spoon and serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Cheese
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
75 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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