6 Servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Top pasta with reserved bread-crumb mixture and cook under broiler until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews


October 09, 2015
The sodium data is incorrect.Can't be 1 mg stated,parmesan, Kosher salt, cheddar cheese, bread crumbs all contain sodium


April 28, 2015
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

beckyboop13's Review

January 22, 2014
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. :)

GinaCricket's Review

December 10, 2013
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!

lperejma's Review

April 27, 2013

elinor3's Review

March 22, 2013
This casserole was very good. I made iit twice and both times were a big hit. It tastes even better the next day. I used italian seasoning instead of oregano.

jmannlein's Review

January 21, 2013

fossilrim's Review

July 31, 2012
Good but not great. Just seemed like it needed more dimension like a veggie or something. It also was a bit dry in texture.

KellyV's Review

July 22, 2012

All4EatingHlthy's Review

January 20, 2012
Perfect for kiddos. I second reducing the breadcrumbs. Good recipe for using up leftover fresh tomatoes.