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Beef and Penne Casserole

User Rating 4 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


Pasta casserole
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This is comfort food at its best (and a family favorite), combining extra lean ground beef, tomatoes, penne pasta and a sprinkling of reduced fat cheese. Sometimes I wilt half a 10-ounce pack of fresh baby spinach (squeezed dry) and stir it into the beef and tomato mixture.

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce, no salt added
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 pound lean or extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Boil pasta according to instructions on package. Do not overcook. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray, saute onions and ground beef on a medium to high heat until the beef is browned. Add crushed tomatoes, sauce and oregano, and stir well. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Empty pasta into a 2 quart baking dish; add beef and tomato mixture and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese blend and bake for 25 minutes.

Serves 4-6

Per Serving: Calories 299, Calories from Fat 60, Total Fat 6.6g (sat 3.2g), Cholesterol 54mg, Sodium 216mg, Carbohydrate 35.3g, Fiber 3.1g, Protein 24.5g

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 5 out of 5
, Member ditzydana

This. Was. So. GOOD! My family loved it so much they made me make it two nights in a row!!! We used vegetarian meat and it tasted REAL. YUMMY!!!!!

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