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.
- 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
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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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.
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
This is a great recipe. Easy to make. We leave out the onions as we don't care much for onions.
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!
This is a great recipe it it quick and easy and the family loves it
not bad but needs a little work
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.
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.
Close to Godliness!!!!
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!!!
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.
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.
made it, will try tonight
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.
TASTE OF WONDER
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
MY FAMILY LOVED IT
This was great - The family loved it -- Its a keeper
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
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.
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
WOW! 5 STARS ALL THE WAY!
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!
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.
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.
Great family recipe!
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.
easy and tasty
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.
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.
Easy to Make
This was good but I think I'd use spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce if I make it again.
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.
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.
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.
This meal was easy to make and very good. I will make it again.
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!
Yes I say. YES.
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.
An Easy Dinner!
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.
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. ; -)
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
I made this a week ago for a company potluck. It was the first thing to finished. People got up for seconds. Great recipe!
Beef Pene Pasta Casserole
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!).
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
In the rotation
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.
This is an Excellent recipe
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
This dish was a big HIT!
Easy, cheap, quick and the children all loved it! This is a wonderful dish.
This dish was super easy and my family loved it! I will be making this dish weekly.
I loved it!
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!
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.
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.
Not What It Seem To Be
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!
good, but a little strong
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.
While we both enjoyed the flavor of this, we found it a bit dry. Next time I will make more sauce. Otherwise, perfect!
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.