Italian Spinach Beef Pie
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: Serves 6
 
This Italian Spinach Beef Pie I have made for years! It is easier than a lasagna and tastes just like one!
Ingredients
  • 1 unbaked 9" pie shell
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ lb. extra lean beef
  • 1 spicy chicken sausage
  • ½ large red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup white or brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 - 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • ⅔ cup ricotta cheese, drained if necessary
  • ¾ cup mozzarella, grated
  • ½ large tomato, diced
  • Parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Line pie shell with a double thickness of foil. Bake for 8 min. remove foil and bake for 4 min. more or until set and dry and golden brown. Set aside. Reduce heat to 350F.
  2. In a large skillet add the olive oil and heat over medium high heat. Then add the beef, sausage meat from the casing, red pepper, mushrooms and garlic. Cook until meat is browned and vegetables are tender.
  3. Add in the tomato paste making room in the center and let cook for 1-2 min. Then add in the water and stir. Add in the Italian seasoning and salt. Heat to boiling and then reduce to simmer and cover and cook for 10 min. The sauce should be nice and thick.
  4. While the sauce is cooking, add the spinach, ricotta and a ¼ cup of mozzarella to a small bowl and mix well. Spoon this filling into the bottom of the pie shell. Top with the meat sauce.
  5. Cover the edges with strips of foil that you previously used and bake at 350F. for 40 min. Remove foil and top with tomatoes and ½ cup mozzarella. Bake for 2-3 min. or until cheese is melted.
  6. Let stand for 10 min. Garnish with parsley and serve.
Recipe by Noshing With the Nolands at https://noshingwiththenolands.com/italian-spinach-beef-pie/