This family-favorite ground beef casserole features cooked rotini pasta combined with canned tomatoes, breadcrumbs, Cheddar cheese and Parmesan and is perfect for a busy weeknight.
8 ounces rotini pasta
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 (28 oz.) can stewed tomatoes, broken
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar (5 oz.)
How to Make It
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a bowl, mix bread crumbs and Parmesan; set aside.
In a 3-quart ovenproof pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 4 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high, add ground beef and cook until beef is well browned, about 7 minutes. Scrape beef into a colander to drain off excess fat. Wipe out pan and return beef to pan; reduce heat to medium.
Preheat broiler. Stir tomatoes, salt, oregano and pepper into beef and cook for 3 minutes. Add reserved pasta and mix. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to heat pasta. Remove from heat and stir in Cheddar.
Top pasta with reserved bread-crumb mixture and cook under broiler until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.
I made this tonight followed the directions up to mixing in the pasta.( I put a little of the shredded cheddar cheese aside) I added a 1/2 cup of Ragu it seemed a little dry. Instead of putting the pot in the oven I heated the oven to 350 put the mix in a baking dish and then put the rest of the cheddar cheese and the bread crumb mix on top and baked for 20 min. Was ok still kind of dry maybe next time I make this I will add a cup of Ragu and I'll reduced the bread crumb mixture and see how that works out. Thank you for the recipe
This was good. I added a large onion, a diced zucchini, and a floret of fresh broccoli. I also used a whole box of Ziti (my kids like more pasta than meat). I also left out the bread crumbs and parmesean (and the final step of broiling it). With all those modifications, I'll be making it again. :)
This was good. My men won't eat pieces of veggies, so I subbed crushed tomatoes for the stewed tomatoes, and onion powder for the onions. I'd like a little more seasoning next time, so I think I'll increase the oregano by a 1/4 tsp or maybe add in basil. I used Panko bread crumbs, and that was good. My husband liked this dish, and he's picky!