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Sloppy Joe Pasta Bake

Sloppy Joe Pasta BakeThe pasta cooks while it bakes in this easy, family-pleasing ground beef casserole easily seasoned with ready-to-use sloppy Joe sauce.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef (80% to 85% lean)
1 large yellow onion, chopped (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
2 (14.5 to 16-ounce) cans sloppy Joe sauce
3 cups uncooked rotini
1/2 cup water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sliced green onions for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Spray a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add round beef and yellow onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings. Stir in sloppy Joe sauce, rotini and water.
  3. Spoon beef mixture into greased baking dish; cover with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until pasta is tender. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Continue baking, uncovered, 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with green onions, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

Test Kitchen Tips:

  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef.
  • Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (71.1°C).
  • Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 542 calories; 22 g fat (1 g saturated fat; 9 g monounsaturated fat); 95 mg cholesterol; 1014 mg sodium; 47 g carbohydrate; 3.5 g fiber; 35 g protein; 7.7 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.7 mcg vitamin B12; 16.9 mg iron; 47.6 mcg selenium; 6.4 mg zinc.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.