Monday, September 22, 2008

Beef and Vegetable Cheese Casserole


POINTS Value: 7
Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 25 min
Cooking Time: 45 min
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
This warming casserole can be made ahead, tightly wrapped and frozen until needed. Perfect for hectic holiday times!

Ingredients

  • 1 sprays cooking spray
  • 2 medium tomato(es), sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 12 oz raw lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion(s), finely chopped
  • 2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 large egg yolk(s)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, oregano or rosemary, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 500ºF. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread tomatoes and zucchini over sheet. Roast vegetables for 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Meanhwile, in a large, nonstick skillet, sauté beef, onion and garlic until beef is browned. Stir in tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.

  • Spread beef mixture in a large, shallow baking dish (3 quart or 9 X 13-inches) and top with roasted vegetables. Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF.

  • Whisk together cottage cheese, egg yolk, cheddar cheese, herbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Spoon over roasted vegetables and smooth with a rubber spatula.

  • Bake until very hot and bubbling around edges, about 35 minutes. Cut into six equal pieces and serve immediately. (Note: If preparing casserole in advance and freezing it, make sure to thaw it completely in the refrigerator before baking it. Increase the baking time by 5 to 10 minutes.)

Notes

  • To give this dish an Italian accent, substitute fat-free ricotta cheese for cottage cheese and use 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese in place of the cheddar. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil just before serving.

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