Beef & Black Bean Pasta Bake


This hearty casserole features ground beef, beans, and pasta baked in a flavorful tomato sauce and topped with cheese and sour cream. Kids will love it!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
6 servings


  • 4 ounces dried multigrain or regular rotini or elbow macaroni (1 1/3 cups)

  • 12 ounces extra-lean ground beef

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans or pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained

  • ¾ cup bottled picante sauce or salsa

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat Colby and Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces)

  • cup light dairy sour cream

  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onions

  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lime peel


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return pasta to hot saucepan; set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook meat and garlic until meat is brown, stirring to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.

  3. Stir the cooked meat into pasta in saucepan. Stir in beans, undrained tomatoes, picante sauce, oregano, cumin, and chili powder. Transfer mixture to a 1-1/2- to 2-quart casserole or baking dish.

  4. Bake, covered with foil, about 30 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, about 3 minutes more or until cheese is melted.

  5. In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, 2 tablespoons of the green onions, the cilantro, and lime peel. To serve, top each serving with a spoonful of the sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

283 Calories
10g Fat
29g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 283
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 23%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 23g 45%
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Vitamin A 1573IU 31%
Vitamin C 11mg 12%
Folate 10mcg 3%
Sodium 520mg 23%
Calcium 146mg 11%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 470mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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