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Beef Penne Pasta Casserole

Beef Penne Pasta Casserole
Makes:
8
Prep Time:
20
minutes
Total Time:
55
minutes
based on
252 reviews
This casserole with penne pasta and beef is sure to become a family favorite. It's also easy to prepare ahead and freeze for up to 2 months. When you're looking for a quick meal, just put it in the oven to bake.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried penne pasta, prepared according to package directions
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) Italian tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup red wine or water
  • 1 tablespoon MAGGI Instant Beef Flavor Bouillon
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

COOK beef and onion in large saucepan, stirring occasionally, until beef is no longer pink. Add water, tomato paste, wine and bouillon; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes or until flavors are blended.

LAYER ingredients as follows in ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish: 1/2 pasta, 1/2 sauce and 1/2 cheese. Repeat layers; cover.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Season with salt.

FOR FREEZE AHEAD:
PREPARE
as above; do not bake. Cover; freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

BAKE for 45 to 55 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Season with salt.



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  •  Star(s)

    drising

    ahmed Abdul monem from 115 Crm Firms, NY

    if we put read chilli with suger , vinegr , cummen, salt , souia sousae , tomato best this all hiting with olive oile will be very good drising with this pasta

  •  Star(s)

    Pretty Good.

    Ashley Bradley from BEAUMONT, TX

    I just made this. I added 1 can of Rotel instead of the wine. I also added garlic, bell peppers and garlic powder, oregano. It was still not that awesome. I think it needs sugar...like a marinara type sauce. I'd probably try it again, but add some sugar to the sauce.

  •  Star(s)

    SAVED ME

    Keionna Lollis from Wichita

    i'm 17 years old and my mom works alot and i have 2 little siblings so, im like hmmmm what can i make with the stuff thats in the kitchen and i stumbled across almost everything in this recipe...instead of using Monterrey Jack Cheese i used Sharp Chedder now they love it and so do i

  •  Star(s)

    Family Favorite

    ANNE GEHMAN from Bel Aire, KS

    This is a great recipe. Easy to make. We leave out the onions as we don't care much for onions.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful!

    Kim from Colorado

    My family absolutely loved this! I added some oregano and a little garlic powder, served with garlic toast and a salad - my kids came back for thirds! Will make again!

  •  Star(s)

    Great

    jennifer from olathe,ks

    This is a great recipe it it quick and easy and the family loves it

  •  Star(s)

    not bad but needs a little work

    Robin Doran from Lutz, FL

    tried this last night and everyone liked it but they did offer a few suggestions, it was a little dry. It is a keeper but I will do a few things different next time. By the way I did add garlic, I cannot cook anything unless I add garlic to it.

  •  Star(s)

    ok

    Lynne from MN

    Not sure if the wine is "the" item for this recipe. Ididn't have the wine, so made it without. I found this recipe very bland. One kid ate it the other didn't. Won't be making this again.

  •  Star(s)

    Close to Godliness!!!!

    Bryan from Connecticut

    This meal is Awesome!!! I took it to a party and now I am known as the pasta King!!! It is easy and very good. It is definately on the menu at my house. Tuesdays are my pasta day!!!

  •  Star(s)

    YUM!

    Shawna from Twentynine Palms, Ca.

    I'm only seventeen and well it actually wasnt that difficult to figure out. It was actually rather good. I loved it. I added some garlic in the sauce and there was more flavor and it brought out the sauce better.

  •  Star(s)

    Good Dinner~!

    Russell from Michigan

    Very good Dinner and easy to make, although the portion sizes seem a little off, instead of 8 oz of meat u used 16 or 1lb i doubled the cheese portions as well it just seemed that the current asking portion was too small, the dish turned out great but i also added itailin seasoning and some crushed garlic. it went over great.

  •  Star(s)

    made it, will try tonight

    ashley from oregon

    I made it last night while making dinner. It sure looks like very little meat. Not enough for 2 layers. Maybe my pan is really big. I hope it's good. We'll try it tonight. Then I'll know if I need more of something. I didn't put in the bulion but added some spices. I hope it's good.

  •  Star(s)

    TASTE OF WONDER

    MARY from WILMINGTON,NC

    I USE BIG SAUAGE LINKS THAT I FRY FIRST, THEN I ADD IT WITH THE REST OF INGREDIENTS. MY GRAND KIDS LIKE THIS FOR A CHANGE OF PACE AND SO DOES MY HUSBAND

  •  Star(s)

    MY FAMILY LOVED IT

    Kimberly from Coral Springs, Florida

    This was great - The family loved it -- Its a keeper

  •  Star(s)

    awesome

    Heather from

    I made this last night and wow it was so good easy and cheap!! My husband loved it! I almost didnt have enough for lunch! I did change it up a bit i use 1lb ground beef 4 cups cheese. Italian tomato sauce not past 2 8oz can. add some garlic sauce!!! so good

  •  Star(s)

    gooooood

    deed from Wichita

    I was tired of eating the same thing and not being much of a cook I decided to try this site and beef penne pasta casserole was my choice.We loved it my children ate seconds. Give it a try you wont be disapointed.

  •  Star(s)

    BEEF PASTA

    j. sumpter from Gary IN

    Working all day and coming home to a hunry family I try to find something quick and easy. This dish is truely easy and good. P.S. even easy enough for my husband to make Thanks

  •  Star(s)

    WOW! 5 STARS ALL THE WAY!

    Little Chef from Montgomery,TX

    WOW! This was an AMAZING dinner! Extremely easy to make! This meal is great for kids! A cousin of mine who is 2, he ate 3 bowls! Very awesome since you can make 5 of them for the month and freeze em'! DEFINATAELY in my favorites!

  •  Star(s)

    Great!!!

    Rosie from Traverse City, MI

    I don't really know how to cook much, but these recipe was easy to follow and it tastes great!! It actually boosted my confidence to try new meals. I loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    Pretty Good

    Innana from

    This recipe was pretty good. My husband really liked it but I thought it was a little bland. I'll have to try some of the tips in the other reviews to spice it up a little. Over all, though, it was pretty good.

  •  Star(s)

    Great family recipe!

    Georgia from

    I took the advice of some of the other reviewers and added a few things. I added minced garlic as well as italian seasoning. I also made a mistake and bought one can of tomato paste and once can of tomato sauce, which I still used. Finally, we added parmesian cheese once it was finished. My husband even commented on how good this casserole was. We ate it over the course of 3-4 four days. Great family recipe. It was delicious.

  •  Star(s)

    easy and tasty

    Diane from

    I really enjoyed this meal, it was easy and quick to make. I did replace the ground beef with italian style ground turkey. The flavor of the turkey was a great twist.

  •  Star(s)

    Wonderful

    Denise from

    I made this about a week ago and my family loved it. My daughter and myself are picky eaters and we really enjoyed it. I am sure I will be making this again some time soon.

  •  Star(s)

    Easy to Make

    JS from IL

    This was good but I think I'd use spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce if I make it again.

  •  Star(s)

    A Favorite!!

    Jessica from

    I've made this a ton of times. My whole family loves it--even my picky three year old. It's especially good as leftovers.

  •  Star(s)

    SO GOOD!

    Christine from Vancouver, WA

    Very good! My husband and I really liked this dish. I did not have Italian style tomato paste on hand so I used regular tomato paste, and added some seasonings. I added some Italian seasonings, some oregano, some basil and some pepper. It came out wonderfuly.

  •  Star(s)

    Yum Yum!

    Christine from Vancouver, WA

    This recipe turned out wonderful. I didn't have any Italian Tomato Paste, so I used regular Tomato Paste and added some Italian Seasoning, Oregano, Basil, and Pepper all to taste and it turned out wonderful.

  •  Star(s)

    Yum!

    kate from Grand Rapid, MI

    This meal was easy to make and very good. I will make it again.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious

    Jeanine from

    I made this for my husband and I and we both loved it! I did add a little salt, pepper, and garlic to the sauce though:) Overall, we thought it was a nice twist on lasagna!

  •  Star(s)

    Yes I say. YES.

    Dill from Ashley, PA

    BY THE GODS, I HAVE MUCH TO SAY. THIS RECIPE WILL PUMMEL YOUR TASTE BUDS INTO SUBMISSION. AS YOU EAT THAT FIRST BITE, YOU WILL BE CAST INTO A EUPHORIC WHIRL, EXPANDING YOU CONSCIOUSNES TO THE LIKES OF BUDDHA. I FOAM AT THE MOUTH THINKING ABOUT MAKING IT AGAIN. IF I WERE A COW, I WOULD BEG TO BE SLAUGHTERED AND TURNED INTO THIS DELIGHT.

  •  Star(s)

    An Easy Dinner!

    Giselle from Camarillo, Ca

    This was enjoyed by the whole family! I doubled the recipe (and froze the 2nd one) and added garlic, olives, 1 can of tomato sauce, italian seasoning, parmesan cheese & substituted cheddar & mozzerella cheese instead of the jack cheese.

  •  Star(s)

    my secret

    Donna from

    I made this casserole for my boyfriend (now husband) and he liked it so much he thought I could cook. I never told him I got the recipe off Meals.com he thinks I just made it up or something. So he goes around telling people how good I cook. I keep coming back to meals.com for new ideas but I have to be sure he is not around so he never finds out I can hardly make potato salad w/o detailed instructions. I did add some herbs and parsley to the stuff to make it more Italian. I'm getting better at the cooking thing now that we are married and I have learned to put my own spin on recipes but I still burn things from time to time. ; -)

  •  Star(s)

    delicious

    shelbi from

    This was an easy to make meal, and it was delicious. i made it for my family and they loved. GREAT meal to make..TASTE D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S

  •  Star(s)

    Great Hit!

    Charlie from Hampton, VA

    I made this a week ago for a company potluck. It was the first thing to finished. People got up for seconds. Great recipe!

  •  Star(s)

    Beef Pene Pasta Casserole

    Frances Newell from Woodstock, GA

    This is a great recipe and I'm so glad it was posted - even if I did tweak it a little. I didn't have all of the ingredients the evening I made it so instead of the tomato paste I used tomato sauce, omitted the water and added about 1/2 teaspoon oregano and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. I also added a healthy dash of Worcestershire sauce. And I loved the touch of wine blended with the other seasonings. I'll definitely make this again (and probably use the same items I used this time!).

  •  Star(s)

    Very Tasty

    Jennifer from Buffalo,NY

    This recipe was very easy to make. Very Tasty. I did use 3 cans of paste to make it a little more saucey. I also Liked it with the water instead of the wine. Also added a little garlic and used a 3 cheese blend. Very Good. will make again

  •  Star(s)

    In the rotation

    Kaye Anne from

    My whole family loved it. I've forwarded this recipe to a number of friends and they have all said it was "great". Give it a try! YUMMY.

  •  Star(s)

    This is an Excellent recipe

    Christa from Georgia

    I have been looking for new recipes for my family lately and I ran across this one. I made it and added a little extra beef broth to add more flavor and it was a huge hit..... We will bake this casserole time and time again. Yummy!!!

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome Dish

    Elizabeth from Kannapolis, NC

    This was a big hit in my house. My husband loved this dish. He raved about for days after I prepared it. The preperation was easy and the cook time...so quick. I can't wait to make it again.

  •  Star(s)

    Very Tasty!!

    Maria from Charleston AFB, SC

    My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe, and he's pretty picky about what he eats. After reading all of the reviews, I added garlic salt, italian seasoning, a little extra cheese and wine and made it with a pound of beef. Next time I won't put in the extra wine because, for me, it was a little overpowering, but still very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the leftovers and I will definitely make this again.

  •  Star(s)

    Loved it!

    Marci from

    Our family of 6 all agree, this is a repeat dish! It' tastes a bit like goulash, but has that touch of class. We added a bit of cayenne pepper to spice it up.

  •  Star(s)

    This dish was a big HIT!

    Tina from Battle Ground wa

    Easy, cheap, quick and the children all loved it! This is a wonderful dish.

  •  Star(s)

    Awesome

    Carmelina Salomone from

    This dish was super easy and my family loved it! I will be making this dish weekly.

  •  Star(s)

    I loved it!

    Brenda from CA from

    I thought it sounded good the way it was intended to be done, but I saw no spices or any other flavor besides the bouillon. I changed it a bit and maybe it will be more enjoyable if you take my tips. I added basil, italian parsley, chicken boullion instead of beef, pepper, salt and less red wine I also added more beef and more cheese!

  •  Star(s)

    Pretty Good!!!

    Kisha G from Baton Rouge LA

    I made this recipe without the wine and it was great. I love red sauce so next time I'll probably make a little more. I also used 1 lb of ground beef. A hit in my house! Will try again.

  •  Star(s)

    Excellent

    Jennifer from

    This is the second time I have made this recipe and it is excellent. I use half cup less water than called for and add half cup more wine and I had spices to give more flavor. Since I cook for myself, I freeze the leftovers which taste even better after being reheated.

  •  Star(s)

    Not What It Seem To Be

    Virginia Gentry from Gary, IN

    After looking at the picture of the recipe, I thought this would be a great dish. It was easy to make, but when you dig in, it taste like ground beef, onions, penne pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese. That's it, nothing more. Because I am a soul food cook and experiment with a lot of spices and sauces I was thinking this would have a lot of zestyness and a spicy (not hot)taste to it. If you are looking for something quick and simple, this may be for you, but if you are looking for something with a little kick, this ain't where its at!

  •  Star(s)

    good, but a little strong

    Beth from Charlotte NC

    I used elbow macaroni instead of penne. Other than that, I made the recipe as directed. It was pretty good, and I didn't find it so be too dry, as someone else commented. I did, however, find that the sauce had a somewhat strong flavor, perhaps due to the wine or bullion. (I think 1 T is too much.) If I make this again, I will use water instead of wine and reduce the bullion.

  •  Star(s)

    Nice

    Debbie from North Wales, UK

    While we both enjoyed the flavor of this, we found it a bit dry. Next time I will make more sauce. Otherwise, perfect!

  •  Star(s)

    Good Stuff!!

    New Mommy and Wife from

    I saw this recipe before and made it, except I used sausage instead of hamburger, I also added garlic and parsley. My husband loved it! He said it was amazing. That night I had no left-overs. He ate it all. So if you prefer pork over beef, you should try it.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 420
  • Calories from Fat: 120
  • Total Fat: 13g (20% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 7g (34% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 45mg (15% of DV)
  • Sodium: 900mg (37% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 52g (17% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g (13% of DV)
  • Sugars: 4g
  • Protein: 22g
  • Vitamin A: 15% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 10% of DV
  • Calcium: 25% of DV
  • Iron: 20% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Beef Penne Pasta Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried penne pasta, prepared according to package directions
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) Italian tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup red wine or water
  • 1 tablespoon MAGGI Instant Beef Flavor Bouillon
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

COOK beef and onion in large saucepan, stirring occasionally, until beef is no longer pink. Add water, tomato paste, wine and bouillon; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes or until flavors are blended.

LAYER ingredients as follows in ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish: 1/2 pasta, 1/2 sauce and 1/2 cheese. Repeat layers; cover.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Season with salt.

FOR FREEZE AHEAD:
PREPARE
as above; do not bake. Cover; freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

BAKE for 45 to 55 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Season with salt.


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