Ground Beef & Pasta Casserole


This casserole is perfect for your busy week when getting in and out of the kitchen needs to be a snap. With very simple prep work, it will become a weeknight staple in your household.

Ground Beef and Pasta Casserole
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 2 small onions, peeled and quartered

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground sirloin

  • 3 ½ cups unsalted chicken stock

  • 6 tablespoons sliced fresh basil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 12 ounces uncooked whole-wheat chiocciole or rigatoni (such as Bionaturae)

  • 1 (26.46-ounce) carton strained tomatoes (such as Pomì)

  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

  • 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)


  1. Place onions in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add carrots; pulse until finely chopped.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  3. Heat a large high-sided sauté pan over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion mixture; cook 4 minutes. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add Italian seasoning, red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add beef; cook 5 minutes. Stir in stock, 4 tablespoons basil, tomato paste, vinegar, pasta and tomatoes. Bring mixture to a boil; cook 13 minutes or until pasta is almost done, stirring frequently. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  4. Arrange mozzarella over pasta mixture. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano; bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until pasta is done. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

469 Calories
13g Fat
57g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 469
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 480mg 21%
Calcium 209mg 16%
Iron 4mg 22%

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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