All-In-One Italian Bake


What You'll Need

2 pounds ground beef
1 (24-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) container mascarpone cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (11-ounce) package refrigerated French bread loaf
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh chopped parsley (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté ground beef 5 to 7 minutes or until browned; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce.
In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and the Italian seasoning until well combined. Spoon half the meat mixture into baking dish. Dollop with cheese mixture. (The best way to dollop is to use 2 soup spoons.) Top cheese mixture with remaining meat mixture.
Remove bread loaf from packaging and place on a cutting board. Cut into 18 slices, each about 1/2-inch thick. Place bread rounds evenly over meat mixture.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter and remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder; microwave 15 seconds or until butter is melted. Brush dough with garlic butter mixture.
Bake uncovered 30 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.

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