Shame it didn't live up to expectation!
I found this recipe on www.foodwhine.com and, although it contained both a condensed soup and a pasta sauce, for some reason I felt it sounded like it could wind up being a bit of a surprise hit.
It looked interesting, saucy, cheesy and lovely. I felt that with the addition of our local butcher's great beef mince, we couldn't go wrong.
What was even more galling was that I used our own home-grown Spinach Beet leaves, instead of the straight spinach.
The whole thing was just a huge disappointment.
Instead of including the spinach in with the meat mixture, I (just) wilted it and added it as the first layer in the casserole dish. It still retained a teensy bit of crunch.
Next, I gently fried off the onion and garlic, setting that aside to brown the mince. I then added the onion and garlic back to the pan, adding the pasta sauce and soup.
Next came the cooked pasta, stir it all through and into the casserole dish. I topped it with mozzarella cheese and the parmesan and baked for 20 minutes or so, to melt the cheese and make sure everything was piping hot.
Now, I know I did certain moves in a different order to the original recipe, but the whole thing turned out to be terribly (no, terribly) bland. The pasta sauce just disappeared and the soupy mixture appeared to have no flavour either. The beef (which, in the frying pan, had tasted great) was tasteless. The spinach beet went slimy and in fact, the only bit worth eating was the bit with mozzarella on it! Anything lower than the mozzarella layer just wasn't worth the effort.
Common sense was telling me that mixing a pasta sauce and a condensed soup couldn't possibly end in anything other than the bin, so maybe next time I'll listen to it.