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Eggplant and Beef Potluck Casserole

No recipe image available.An Italian casserole with eggplant, ground beef and pasta in a seasoned sour cream sauce.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups dry pasta such as ziti, rotini, penne or elbow macaroni
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped peeled onion
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 (8-ounce) container of low-fat sour cream (1 cup)
1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimientos, drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese - divided use

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking process; drain.
  3. Brown beef and onion in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Stir in salt, Italian seasoning and pepper; mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low and add cooked macaroni, eggplant, sour cream, pimiento and half the cheddar. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Transfer to 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and bake until tender, about 45 to 50 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.