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Healthified Beef and Noodle Layered Casserole

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73% less total fat • 41% less cholesterol than the original recipe. Assemble this meaty, lasagna-style dish up to 24 hours ahead and chill until baking time.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

3
cups dried medium noodles (6 ounces)
1
pound extra-lean ground beef
2
cans (8 oz) Muir Glen® tomato sauce
1
teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/2
teaspoon sugar
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon black pepper
1
cup Yoplait® plain yogurt
1
package (8 oz) low-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup fat-free milk
1/3
cup chopped onion (1 small)
1
package (10 oz) Green Giant® frozen chopped spinach, cooked and well drained
1/2
cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 2-quart casserole or square baking dish; set aside. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef until browned. Drain off fat. Stir tomato sauce, basil, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper into skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  • 3 In a medium bowl, beat together yogurt and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in milk and onion. In prepared casserole or baking dish, layer half of the noodles (about 2 cups), half of the meat mixture (about 1 1/2 cups), half of the cream cheese mixture (about 1 cup), and all of the spinach. Top with the remaining meat mixture and noodles. Cover and chill remaining cream cheese mixture until needed.
  • 4 Cover casserole or baking dish with lightly greased foil. Bake about 45 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • 5 Make-Ahead Directions: Prepare as directed without baking. Cover with lightly greased foil and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Bake, covered, in a 350°F oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 290
  • Fat Reduced By 35g
  • Saturated Fat Reduced By 17g
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
870mg
870%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
32g
32%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
120%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
35%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Before After
1 pound ground beef 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream 1 cup Yoplait® plain yogurt
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1 package (8 oz) low-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup whole milk 1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces) 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
670 (before)
380 (after)
Cholesterol
 
 
160 mg (before)
95 mg (after)
Saturated Fat
 
 
24 g (before)
7 g (after)
Total Fat
 
 
48 g (before)
13 g (after)

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We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/25/2012. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
870mg
870%;
Total Carbohydrate
35g
35%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
32g
32%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
120%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
35%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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