Melting Pot Casserole Recipe

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Melting Pot Casserole
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 and lightly oil a shallow 2-quart casserole or 8-9 square pan.
  2. Drop pasta into a large pot of lightly salted boiling water over high heat.
  3. Stir until the boil returns and then frequently until the pasta is tender but firm (10 to 12 minutes).
  4. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Add the oregano, basil, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and toss again.
  6. Spoon the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil into a large skillet over moderate heat.
  7. Add the onion and saute to soften, 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Add the garlic, hot pepper, thyme, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  9. Saute for 1 minute longer and add the meat. Increase the heat and lightly brown for 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over moderate heat.
  11. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. The mixture will be dry.
  12. Pour in the milk and stir over moderate heat until thickened and simmering.
  13. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  14. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese until melted.
  15. Spoon 1/3 of the pasta into the prepared casserole.
  16. Top with half of the meat.
  17. Spoon on 1/3 cup of the tomato sauce.
  18. Add half of the cooked vegetables and 1/3 of the cheese sauce.
  19. Repeat the layering once more.
  20. Top with the remaining pasta.
  21. Drizzle the remaining tomato sauce over the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese sauce and bread crumbs.
  22. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown on top and bubbly around the edges. Serve hot.
  23. If you reheat this dish later from room temperature: bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. If it's cold add and extra 15 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 736.49 Kcal (3084 kJ)
Calories from fat 252.59 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28.07g 43%
Cholesterol 113.44mg 38%
Sodium 1929.94mg 80%
Potassium 1125.12mg 24%
Total Carbs 75.53g 25%
Sugars 15.82g 63%
Dietary Fiber 6.76g 27%
Protein 45.88g 92%
Vitamin C 7.6mg 13%
Vitamin A 0.8mg 26%
Iron 5.6mg 31%
Calcium 557.2mg 56%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 146.69 Kcal (614 kJ)
Calories from fat 50.31 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.59g 43%
Cholesterol 22.59mg 38%
Sodium 384.4mg 80%
Potassium 224.1mg 24%
Total Carbs 15.04g 25%
Sugars 3.15g 63%
Dietary Fiber 1.35g 27%
Protein 9.14g 92%
Vitamin C 1.5mg 13%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 26%
Iron 1.1mg 31%
Calcium 111mg 56%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 16.3
  • 19

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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