Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Macaroni and Spinach Casserole (Frugal Food Thursday)

macaroni spinach casserole
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I was cleaning out my freezer in preparation for Frozen Food Month in March, when there are bound to be great sales on frozen food. I found some package of spinach (bought on sale with both Publix store coupons and manufacturer's coupons). I remembered a recipe from my mom for Macaroni and Spinach Casserole - the only way I'd eat spinach when I was a kid - so I thought I'd try it out again.

My mom compiled a cookbook of her recipes and gave copies to my sister, my sister-in-law, and me, so it was easy to find the recipe. But I made a few changes - I replaced her original tomato sauce with jarred Alfredo sauce, and I added garlic and pepper. And I changed the regular pasta to whole wheat pasta.

It was yummy!  I'm so glad I tried this recipe again.


1 box frozen chopped spinach
16 oz whole-wheat elbow macaroni
16 oz ricotta or cottage cheese
3 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
1 15-oz jar Alfredo sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook spinach in the microwave according to package directions.  Drain and allow to cool.

Cook the macaroni according to package directions.  Drain and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, ricotta or cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and spices.  Mix well.  Add the macaroni and toss until well combined.  Add the Alfredo sauce and mix until the pasta is coated in the sauce.

Pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Barb @ A Life in Balance March 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM  

Thanks for hosting! I can't wait to see the macaroni and spinach casserole. Casseroles are my friend!

Miz Helen March 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM  

Your Macaroni and Spinach Casserole looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Simply Tasheena March 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM  

Yummy! I would love for you to Link up at my Linky Party via:

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Mrs. Delightful

Aunt B March 7, 2012 at 2:41 AM  

This casserole looks delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

I've linked my "Winter Vegetable Soup." It's a delicious creamy soup made with no milk at all.

Amila March 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM  

Macaroni sounds tasty & adding spinach is a new idea for me...Thanks for sharing with Midweek Fiesta...

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