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EASY PASTA BAKE

This filling, simple, and affordable dish will have everyone in your family asking for seconds! Add this one to your recipe box and plan to make it again and again.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 32 oz tomato sauce
  • 8 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lg egg
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 16 oz pasta

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • While pasta cooks, brown the meat. As the meat cooks, add in the garlic and onion.
  • When the meat has browned, drain the fat, then add in the tomato sauce and basil. Stir.
  • Mix the cheeses, greek yogurt, egg, and parsley, setting aside about ½ cup of shredded cheese.
  • Transfer cooked noodles to a glass casserole dish.
  • Add the meat and sauce mixture to the casserole dish and stir.
  • Add the cheese and yogurt mix to the casserole dish and combine evenly.
  • Top with remaining shredded cheese, then bake uncovered at 350°F for 30 minutes.

How to Freeze/Thaw

  • Once your dish has cooled, triple wrap with foil. Write "Pasta Bake" on top with a permanent marker, along with the baking instructions. Stick in the freezer for an easy meal, and enjoy within one year!
  • When you're ready to eat the frozen meal, allow it to thaw in the fridge for around 24 hours, then bake as normal. To cook from frozen, add additional cooking time. Cook covered for an hour, then uncover and cook an additional 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and the pasta is cooked all the way through.