Popeye’s Casserole

Madison, my 5 year old, is a huge Popeye fan.  She knows he gets big and strong from eating spinach, and since this casserole has spinach in it, we call it popeye’s casserole in my house.  This doesn’t fall under one of the easiest recipes to make just because at one point I have 3 different pans going on the stove at one time.  I make sure Bill is home when I making this.



Popeye's Casserole
  • 3 cups medium noodles
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp basil
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 8-oz carton sour cream
  • 1 8-oz pkg cream cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 5 oz frozen chopped spinach, cooked and well drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Grease a 2 qt casserole dish and set aside. Cook noodles according to the directions on the box, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef until brown and drain. Stir in tomato sauce, basil, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the sour cream and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in the milk and onion. In the casserole dish, layer half of the noodles, half of the meat mixture, half of the cream cheese mixture, and all of the spinach. Top it with the remaining meat mixture and noodles. Cover and chill remaining cream cheese mixture.
  4. Cover the casserole with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Uncover, spread with the remaining cream cheese mixture, and sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top. Bake uncovered for about ten more minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.