Take this casserole version of spaghetti and meat sauce to your next potluck supper and win rave reviews. The layer of sour cream and cream cheese between the pasta and the meat sauce makes the whole dish rich and creamy and hard to resist.
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
8 ounces uncooked linguine
1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
How to Make It
Cook beef and garlic in a Dutch oven, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Stir in tomatoes and next 4 ingredients; simmer 30 minutes. Set mixture aside.
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Place pasta in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Stir together sour cream, cream cheese, and green onions. Spread over pasta. Top with meat sauce.
Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese, and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese melts. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve with a salad and bread, if desired.
Note: To lighten dish, use no-salt-added tomato products, light sour cream, light cream cheese, and reduced-fat Cheddr cheese.
This was realy awesome. I have halved basically everything to make 4 servings. I was afraid of to much tomato so I did not add the tomato sauce and at 20h00 South African time I could not find green onions in our town, of Somerset West, so I just used ordinary onions. It was delicious. A glass of Cabernet Suavignon 2009 from the Spier collection called Kaya went well with this recipe. Dit was vrek lekker!
Made this when my kids had some friends over (ages 5-9) and everyone loved it. My husband really loved it. One of the kids is allergic to dairy, so I saved some of the sauce and served it to her over some extra linguine and she thought it was delicious. Overall a huge hit in our house. I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese and fat free sour cream, no green onions and threw some Penzey's pasta sprinkle into the sauce. Will absolutely make again.
This is a favorite with the family and at pot luck dinners. I tried adding more pasta as others suggested and found that it was too much pasta. I like it just the way it is.
I always use fat free sour cream and cream cheese .
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