Bare Cupboards Dinner Party Casseroles
150 mins (prep 30, cooking 120)
17 ingredients
16-20 servings
This makes two hearty Italian style pasta casseroles with beef and spinach for very little money and makes good use of ingredients you might have lying around your house. This comes from my Aunt's recipe collection, updated a bit for my tastes. She had originally clipped this from an article in Family Circle in 1973. I wanted to share the story behind this recipe as well as the recipe itself. Basically, a mom of six children had, on the spur of the moment, decided to invite guests over for supper on a Sunday. Apparently, no stores were open on Sundays, so she was unable to buy any ingredients and was faced with only using her meager household staples, and relied on her Italian family background for inspiration. This was what she created. This makes two big casseroles, one you can eat now, and one you may freeze and reheat later if you are not having a bunch of guests over. I think if you don't have any spinach, you could substitute another veggie like roasted red peppers, sauteed mushrooms...really whatever you have handy is the point here. Also, when you make might say "this could use some more cheese"...go ahead and use extra cheese if you want, melting some on top during the last 5-10 minutes of baking.

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Serving Size (108.38 g)
Servings 16
Amount per Serving
Calories 333.75 Calories from Fat 85.77
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9.53g 234.65%
Saturated Fat 0.97g 77.96%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 31.04mg 165.56%
Sodium 675.29mg 450.19%
Total Carbohydrate 53.19g 283.68%
Dietary Fiber 1.96 g 125.22%
Sugars 0.54 g %
Protein 10.06g 321.84%
Vitamin A 2105.55IU% Vitamin C 1.05mg%
Calcium 46.27mg% Iron 4.0mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
lean ground beef, chopped onions, large, stalks celery, large carrots, italian-style tomatoes, grated parmesan cheese


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