Beef and Pasta CasseroleEstimated Cost:  $12.00

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Baking Time:  30 minutes

Serves:  5

This scrumptious meal couldn’t be easier to prepare.  It has a zesty Italian flavor and is a very hearty meal.  I have a friend who requests I prepare this every time I have them over for dinner.  Try this one out, you won’t be disappointed!

2 1/2 cups dried penne pasta
12 oz. lean ground beef
1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
2 cups frozen Italian-style vegetables
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

2. In a large nonstick sauté pan, over medium-high heat, cook beef, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. Stir in pasta, sauce, vegetables and half of Parmesan cheese. Spoon into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and remaining Parmesan cheese.

3. Bake at 375°F for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is heated through.

Mike’s comments:

It’s become a tradition, in my family, to serve this delicious casserole with Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread with Striped Delight for dessert.