Lean ground beef and pasta, plus the surprising addition of pumpkin and evaporated milk, make this hearty Stovetop Beef & Penne Casserole dish both nutritious and delicious.
This recipe is already doubled. Just serve your family half and freeze the rest.
- 2 cups (8 oz.) dry penne pasta (or small pasta of your choice)
- 2 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cans (12 fl. oz. each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
- 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
- 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
COOK pasta in large saucepan for 1 to 2 minutes less than package directions (pasta should be slightly firm in texture); drain.
COOK beef and onion in large saucepan over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink; drain. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in evaporated milk, pumpkin, tomato sauce, sugar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to simmer. Add pasta and peas; stir until heated.
• Freeze half the casserole for another meal. Thaw in refrigerator and reheat in microwave or on stovetop.
• Using pumpkin and evaporated milk not only adds depth of flavor, but also sneaks in extra nutrition to the casserole.
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Delicious, Easy, and the Kids Love It!!
This is an amazing meal. My two children are quite picky and I was nervous on the pumpkin part. But... it turned out they all loved it, even my husband!! Everyone was shocked when I told them what was in it. My kids didnt like the pumpkin part, but they finished the whole meal!!!! This was one of the healthiest and best meals Ive ever made!! I will definetly make this meal many times again!!!
Good Either Way
I didn't read all of the 83 reviews for this recipe. So I tried it with ground turkey one meal and ground beef the next time I made it. It was very good either way. And used whole wheat pasta also.
Excellent, easy and plenty to eat for all! It seemed to take a little longer than expected but worth the wait. Also good reheated.
Everybody in my family enjoyed this recipe. I added some spices to it to make it my own. It was really easy to make.
Not a hit at my house.
My husband and 3 year old hated it. Husband ate it but son actually gagged, even though he did not know about the pumpkin. I thought it would be just the thing since they both love beefy noodly stuff. I thought it was just okay, could definitely taste the pumpkin. Maybe less pumpkin, more seasonings to add some flavor.
Pumpkin, are you kidding me?
Were the first words out of my husbands mouth after devouring this meal. Now I can not wait to try it as a twist on my roasted pork, peppers & penne recipe. They should have rated this recipe amazingly easy though as I have found some 30 minute recipes tried in the past to take sometimes as long as 45 minutes, but this one is true to form!! I would have frozen half, but my son & daughter in law stopped by, and were more than happy to finish the rest:)They were also amazed by the flavor the pumpkin gives to this meal, and as suprized as my husband when I told them. Would have never thought of it myself, and I am considered the great experimentor!
This sounded a little strange to make, with the pumpkin, but it is so nutritious. Don't even need all that ground beef. Try it!!
Good enuf to eat twice
This is a good meal and I love that it makes double to pull out of the freezer on a busy day!
Fast & easy, & delicious too!
Easy and very tasty!!
I MADE THIS DISH FOR A BABYSHOWER THAT I CATERED FOR MY BEST FRIEND, EVERYONE ATE IT AND WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW GOOD IT WAS. THEY WERE IN COMPLETE SHOCK WHEN I TOLD THEM THAT IT HAD PUMPKIN IN IT!!!
So as a kid growing up I loved Chef Boyardee's Beefaroni and this was the perfect grown up twist on it...not to mention so much better for you! I only made two minor adjustments: used whole grain pasta instead of white pasta and added just a bit of crushed red pepper and it gave it a little kick. Needless to say..it was a hit!!
Quite tasty! This is a great way to sneak extra veggies in!
I thought that this recipe would be a very nice change from the ordinary, however, it was sadly lacking. You could hardly taste the pumpkin. As a matter of fact, the whole dish hardly had any real flavor. It was kind of bland. Probably won't make again.
i CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THIS RECIPE IT SOUNDS LIKE THE PERFECT MEAL FOR MY FAMILY
Stovetop Beef & Penne Casserole
I've never made a meal with ground beef, noodles and pumpkin in it, so when I saw this recipe, I couldn't resist not making it. With 3 children who are quite fussy, I was quite nervous with what they would think about it, but the surprise was on me; all 3 liked it! It was even more fun and quite the discussion over our dinner table when they tried guessing what the ingredients were. It was even more fun seeing their face expressions when I ended up telling them and they still ate it. My family doesn't like peas, so I just omitted them.
Easy and delicious. I used whole wheat pasta to boost the fibre. My family loved it and were surprised to hear it was good for them too!
This was a very tasty meal. My family loved it & our pickiest eater had seconds.
Great college dorm recipe
This is easy and makes pasta more nutritious for
my family. I like to freeze it too.
Stovetop Beef & Penne Casserole
I wasn't sure about the pumpkin but I tried the recipe anyway. Guess what? The family loved it! (I did not tell the kids about the pumpkin). Will make again.
As I was assembling the ingredients for this dish my husband came in, and his comment was not all those things are going into one dish are they? When I said yes he said it just didn't look like it would be something he would like. I said just give it a try before you say you won't like it. Well needless to say he raved about it and it will become a regular in my rotation of meals. healthy for you and easy to make, SUPER...
my kids loved it!
This was a great dish, my kids loved it. My kids don't care for peas so I used corn.
Easy to make
this is a easy and good recipe, my dc children like it
family thought it was great!
family loved it. But I did have to omit the peas(allergy).
Really tasty and easy. I always like recipes that I don't have to buy exotic ingredients that are used only for that recipe. Good Job you guys!
This is a good one
This recipe is excellent with an unusual ingredient of pumpkin that really adds a depth of flavor that will keep your guests guessing what it is. A great dish for the whole family
very good dish
This sounded so strange but interesting that I had to try it. I'm so glad that I did cause it was so good. We all had 2 helpings. I used diced turkey Kielbasa instead of hamburger though, mmmmmmm. This is definitly a keeper.
Different but delish!
quite tasty, easy to prepare and love the "secret" ingredients!
My husband and I enjoyed it. Interesting twist with the pumpkin, nice to try something different.
My family loved this one! It's a different version from what I usually make but my family liked this new one much better.
Better second time around
What a great dish! The best part about it was it was better the next day after reheating it!!
Stovetop Beef and Penne Casserole
I made this recipe for a brunch. I omitted the peas and I baked it in the oven for 40 minutes with grated mozzarella cheese on top. It was a huge hit. I served it with a strawberry spinach salad and French bread toasted and sprinkled with garlic.
Super easy to make and the ingredients were already in my pantry. Great hit for potluck.
This sounds so delicious!
Who would have thought of putting pumpkin in a tomato-based pasta dish! I am so excited about making this yummy meal for my family. It will be a great way to sneak Vitamin A into their diets. I will probably use a mixture of half ground beef and half ground turkey to cut the fat and cholesterol.
The added bonus of cooking once and eating twice, makes this a recipe that I will go to again and again.
This was quite an unusual recipe but one that my family liked very much. Very good!
Stovetop Beef & Penne Casserole
Very good and filling, the kids really enjoyed this meal.
Super Supper Treat
My family does not care for anything too spicy, so I served this dish with reservations. To my surprise, they loved it! It was seasoned just right ( and they never even guessed there was pumpkin in it). I'm sure after freezing, the flavors will blend and mellow even more.
Stovetop beef & penne casserole
We love pasta. This one was good.
Stovetop Beef and Penne Casserole
This casserole needs time to marinate the flavors together. Liked it much better the next day as leftovers.
grandson loving it
easy to make
Les & Tammie Hartsock
This is the greatest and easiest casserole dish ever! It can last at least a couple of meals.
this was a easy recipe. my family enjoy it, it made enough to two meal. great.
This is a keeper. Family loved this.
Pasta is a big favorite at my house so I am always happy to see a new version. This was very easy to prepare and was a big hit I will use this recipe often. Thank you.
Beef & Pumpkin, Surprise!
Who would ever have thought that Beef & Pumpkin would be used in the same sentence, much less than in a main dish?
Well it turned out to be an outstanding treat! It's quite easy to assemble, cook, and freeze. Our family just loved this unusual combination of ingredients.
Very good & easy to make. Always nice to have some to freeze for those hectic days.
Great for a big family
We use this all the time and its better the next day. We have a large family and its something everyone likes right down to the 21 month old !
What a quick meal with an interesting twist! My family loved it. I would never have thought to have used pumpkin with pasta and meat - but it was a very interesting combination with a lot of flavor.
Tried this during the week knowing I would be busy and could freeze half. Family loved it and it was easy to make!
Beef and penne casserole
Never would have thought to add Pumpkin to pasta. Very interesting....