Beef And Pasta Florentine Bake

Beef And Pasta Florentine Bake Recipe
3 cups (750 mL) small shell pasta, about 300 g (white or whole wheat)
1 can (19 oz/540 mL) Italian seasoned stewed tomatoes
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) crushed/ground tomatoes
3 cups (750 mL) Big Batch Beef*
3 cups (750 mL) Cookin? Greens? Chopped Kale
1 tsp (5 mL) EACH dried oregano and basil (or 2 tsp/10 mL Italian seasoning)
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) EACH light cottage cheese and shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese blend
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat stewed tomatoes in Dutch oven, over medium heat, breaking up with wooden spoon. Stir in crushed tomatoes, Big Batch Beef, Cookin’ Greens™ Chopped Kale, oregano, basil and salt; bring to a simmer and heat through. Stir in cottage cheese.
  3. Stir in reserved cooked pasta. Transfer mixture to a lightly oiled 9 x 13-inch (3 L) casserole; top with cheese and bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes.

* Big Batch Ground Beef: Cook 4 lb (2 kg) Top Grass Lean Ground Beef in Dutch oven over medium-high heat for 10 to 15 minutes, breaking into small chunks with back of spoon, until browned. Drain and return to pot. Add 4 EACH onion and cloves of garlic, minced, simmer for 15 minutes until vegetables are softened. Drain and spread in a single layer on several foil or parchment paper-lined baking trays; freeze until meat is firm, about 1 hour. Loosen into chunks, scoop meal-sized portions into freezer bags. Freeze for up to 3 months.