Baked Pasta Casserole

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 10
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 267.0
  • Total Fat: 6.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 30.0 mg
  • Sodium: 446.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 37.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.7 g
  • Protein: 17.4 g

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Introduction

Can be made with any shape pasta you like. Add extra veggies when available. Can be made with any shape pasta you like. Add extra veggies when available.
Number of Servings: 10

Ingredients

    1 box - Whole Wheat Penne Rigate
    1 jar *Spaghetti Sauce, (approx. 3 cups)
    14 oz. can Diced Tomatoes
    1 lb extra lean Ground Beef browned and well drained
    1 diced onion
    1/2 cup low fat Shredded Cheese
    Optional (not included in nutritional calculations):
    Additional veggies - zuchinni, eggplant, carrot, fresh tomato
    Low fat or fat free cottage cheese

Directions

1. Begin to heat water to a boil for pasta. Add pasta and cook according to package directions while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
2. Brown and crumble ground beef with diced onion. Drain well and rinse if desired.
3. Add jar of spaghetti sauce (lite/lowfat/healthy versions will lower calories, but this recipe calculates based on regular Bertolli Tomatoe & Basil sauce) and a can of diced tomatoes to the ground beef and simmer while the pasta cooks or however long you wish to simmer.
4. When pasta is cooked, drain well. Combine pasta and sauce in casserole dish or dishes. Toss to mix well.
5. If desired, add spoonfuls of low-fat or fat free cottage cheese and fold in to mix slightly.
6. Top with low fat shredded cheese. Bake in hot oven (400f or whatever temperature you are using to bake other menu items is fine) till cheese melts and begins to brown slightly.

* You may wish to sautee small diced veggies such as zuchinni or eggplant with the meat. You can add a shredded carrot if desired. Using ground turkey, chicken or a veggie meat substitute may lower the fat/calories. If preparing casseroles to freeze, you may wish to add extra tomatoes or sauce because while this freezes and reheats WONDERFULLY it does seem a bit dry if you don't add extra.

Number of Servings: 10

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user ELAINEHN.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe thanks! If I would have know it was so easy to hide veggies in a dish, I would have done it along time ago. I added zuchinni and spinach and no one complained. Even the whole wheat pasta when unnoticed. I did use some oregano, garlic and basil in my cottage cheese. So good, keeper! - 7/11/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used ground turkey and muschroom and zuchinni, Sooooooo good! :) will make it again! - 6/8/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Loved it. This is the 1st spark recipe I tried. It was so easy & I am by no means a chef. I added broccoli and carrots & used vegetarian soy "meat" instead of beef. Delicious. - 5/4/11

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  • this was really good.
    I'm going to have to make this again some time the family loved it (: - 9/19/12

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  • Wonderful! I would make this even if I wasn't trying to lose weight! I used Ragu Garden Combination spaghetti sauce and only a 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes. - 2/24/12

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