Beefed-Up Rice Casserole


1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound Italian pork sausage, casings removed
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups cooked rice, warmed
1 (24-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 slices mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

2.In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef, sausage, garlic powder, salt and pepper for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cooked and crumbly; drain off excess liquid.

3.In a medium bowl, combine spaghetti sauce and rice; mix well. Place half the mixture in the baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then place 4 slices mozzarella cheese over the top and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers.

4.Bake 30 minutes or until heated through.