Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Ground Beef and Pasta Casserole

This casserole is perfect for your busy week when getting in and out of the kitchen needs to be a snap. With very simple prep work, it will become a weeknight staple in your household.

 Serves 6 (serving size: 1-1/2 cups)          Total time: 45 Minutes

2        small onions, peeled and quartered
2        large carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
1         tablespoon olive oil
4         garlic cloves, minced
1         tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2      teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2      teaspoon salt, divided
1          pound extra-lean ground sirloin
3 1/2    cups unsalted chicken stock
6          tablespoons sliced fresh basil, divided
2          tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
1          tablespoon red wine vinegar
12        ounces uncooked whole-wheat chiocciole or rigatoni (such as Bionaturae)
1          (26.46-ounce) carton strained tomatoes (such as Pomì)
4          ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
1          ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)

1. Place onions in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add carrots; pulse until finely chopped.

2. Preheat oven to 350°.

3. Heat a large high-sided sauté pan over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion mixture; cook 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add Italian seasoning, red pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add beef; cook 5 minutes. Stir in stock, 4 tablespoons basil, tomato paste, vinegar, pasta, and tomatoes. Bring mixture to a boil; cook 13 minutes or until pasta is almost done, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

4. Arrange mozzarella over pasta mixture. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano; bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until pasta is done. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons basil.
Heart healthy


  1. Good comfort dish. Simple and fast. The twins can add their own touches. I know they will dump a pound of mixed cheeses on it.
    Thanks PIC

  2. hahaha!!1
    I know they will ... the cubs dump a lot of cheese on theirs' .
    As you know Dad is right in the mix .
    More to come
    Welcome PIC


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