Ground beef and tomatoes come together in this creamy, cheesy casserole. It is a family pleasing dinner that is easy to make and is likely to be frequently requested.
Baked pasta dishes are always popular at our dinner table. This cream beef and noodle casserole is filled with so many favorite flavors. It is easy to put together and can be assembled ahead of time to make dinner even easier.
Cooking dinner for the family can sometimes be a complicated task. That is especially true when there are picky eaters and busy schedules involved.
Luckily pasta bakes tend to be popular all the way around. They are perfect hearty meals that the whole family loves.
For instance, grandma’s chicken and broccoli casserole is layers of egg noodles, chicken, gravy, broccoli and cheese. It is a perfect comfort food, a great way to use leftover chicken or turkey, and is super popular with everyone who tries it.
Baked ziti is another favorite pasta casserole. It’s layers of pasta, tomato sauce, meat and cheese are always welcome.
In addition to filling the family up, these casseroles are great because they can all be assembled ahead of time and baked as needed.
That makes them great for busy evenings. It also makes them fabulous as a take and bake for friends or family who had a new baby, are ill, or otherwise need a little help getting dinner on the table.
This casserole is no different. It is pretty simple to put together and can be baked off whenever you’re ready for dinner.
If you are making the casserole ahead of time, just cover and refrigerate until dinner time. Then take the casserole out of the refrigerator before you preheat the oven to take some of the chill off.
You will likely need to add about 10 minutes to the bake time to make sure it is heated through. The sauce should be bubbly all the way around.
This casserole is perfect served with some bread and a side salad or some broccoli. Plus it will fill everyone’s belly and put smiles on their faces.
The best part is the leftovers make a perfect reheatable lunch the next day! So you’ll be a winner for multiple days!
If you aren’t one for leftovers, you could easily divide the casserole between two square casserole dishes. Bake one now and freeze another for later.
Just defrost the frozen casserole in the refrigerator before baking it off. You’ll have a second dinner with almost no effort required.
For even less prep work try my no boil pasta bake. You don’t have to boil the noodles or brown the sausage, just put it all in raw and let the oven do the work!
I have been in a cozy casserole mood lately and have several more recipes in the works to share with you. What are your favorite casserole recipes? I’m always open to more inspiration!
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- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 16 ounces cottage cheese
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 16 ounces pasta of your choice
- Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a 9x13-inch pan.
- In a large skillet or sauté pan, brown the ground beef along with the salt, pepper and garlic. Drain any excess grease.
- Add the undrained tomatoes and oregano and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Meanwhile cook the pasta to al dente and drain the water. Stir the cottage cheese, sour cream and Parmesan cheese in with the pasta.
- Layer half of the noodle mixture in the prepared pan. Top with half of the meat mixture. Repeat with the remaining noodles then meat and tomatoes. Top with the shredded mozzarella.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese is golden brown.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 721mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 34g
All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.