How to Cook Beef Florentine

by Sarra Jackson

Items you will need

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 (14-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 7 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish
  • Large Skillet
  • Small and Large Bowl

Beef Florentine is a classic dish that is enjoyed by families of all sizes. This recipe can serve 10-12 people and only takes 25 minutes for prep time. This is a great way to sneak spinach into a child's meal as well.

How to Cook Beef Florentine

Step 1

Brown beef with the onion and garlic in a large skillet, then drain.

Step 2

Cook the spinach according to its package directions.

Step 3

Drain the spinach but reserve the liquid. Add water to the liquid to make 1 cup.

Step 4

Combine cooking liquid, spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and mix well.

Step 5

Stir sauce into skillet and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Combine macaroni, cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, and cooked spinach in a large bowl and mix well.

Step 7

Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish and cover with meat sauce.

Step 8

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let it stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Tips

  • Add your choice of vegetable as a side for a nutritious meal.

About the Author

Sarra Jackson majored in Gerontology at the University of North Texas. She has been freelance writing since 2006. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, she writes for several other online websites and individuals covering multiple topics. Many of Jackson's articles pertain to real estate, family living, animals, and early childhood education.