This layered casserole is a snap to put together for a youngster who's able to handle the stove. If there are any leftovers, you can pack them in a container to reheat for lunch the next day.
- Portion size 6 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2004
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 sweet green pepper diced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 jar (700 ml) pasta sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cup macaroni
- 1 cup 2% cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef; cook, stirring and mashing to break up into small pieces, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and push ground beef to side of pan. Tilt pan slightly to let fat run down; spoon off fat.
Return skillet to medium heat. Add onion, garlic, green pepper and oregano; cook, stirring, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add pasta sauce and tomato paste; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, fill large stockpot with 16 cups (4 L) water. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) salt. Cover and bring to boil over high heat. Add macaroni and stir. Boil, uncovered, until tender but firm, about 8 minutes. Place colander in sink; wearing oven mitts, drain macaroni into colander. Shake colander to remove excess water.
Place oven rack in centre of oven; turn on heat to 375°F (190°C).
Spoon half of the macaroni into 8-inch (2 L) square glass baking dish. Spoon half of the meat sauce over top. Repeat with remaining macaroni and meat sauce. Spoon cottage cheese over top. Use back of spoon to spread evenly. Sprinkle provolone cheese evenly over top. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)
Bake until bubbly and golden, about 30 minutes. Wearing oven mitts, remove pan from oven.
Nutritional facts <b>Per each of 6 servings:</b> about
- Sodium 909 mg
- Protein 28 g
- Calories 409.0
- Total fat 17 g
- Cholesterol 55 mg
- Saturated fat 7 g
- Total carbohydrate 35 g
- Iron 23.0
- Folate 27.0
- Calcium 13.0
- Vitamin A 10.0
- Vitamin C 45.0