Monday, January 24, 2011

What's For Dinner Kickin It Up Penne Casserole

Tonight I made a recipe from a cook book that belongs to my girlfriend. Changed it a little to use items that I had in my kitchen cupboard and refrigerator.

Kickin It Up Penne Casserole ... warming up our kitchen and our tummys

8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
3/4 of a pound of lean ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 can diced tomatoes with basil and garlic
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 tsp of pepper
1/2 tsp of red pepper
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain
set aside

Spray large non stick skillet with cooking spray. Add ground beef and onion. Cook 5 minutes or until meat no longer pink, stirring often. Drain grease. Stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce. Add pepper and red pepper. Cook 2 minutes.

In 2 1/2 quart casserole combine the pasta and meat mixture. Sprinkle the top with cheese. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through with cover on.

Served with a veggie and bread... Warm and comfy dinner easy to make and tasty to eat.

warm and full of cheesy taste

In this cook book it is called Chili Wagon Wheel Casserole
Calling for wagon wheel pasta ( did not have in house)
green pepper ( I am not a green pepper person)
stewed tomatoes ( I had diced tomatoes with garlic and onion)
1/4 tsp of all spice ( not in the house .. I used red pepper which really kicked it up)
calls for 1 pound of hamburger .. I used 3/4 of a pound cutting back on the meat.
Turned out real good. We have enough for a lunch today and will be on the menu again.

I am linking this recipe up to

Potluck Sunday

Monday Mania

Homemaker Monday

Delicious Dishes

Made By You Monday

Southern Fairy Tale

Hunk Of Meat Monday

Hearth and Soul

Tuesday At The Table

Tuesday Night Supper Club

Frugal Food Thursday

Ultimate Recipe Swap if you like cake check out the recipes .. hubby does not eat sweets other than apple pie.

Tip Day Thursday

Full Plate Thursday

Mangos and Chutney Friday link

Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe swap

Southern Savers Friday Final

Tasty Traditions

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will mark me a favorite and be back again real soon. Grace


  1. Yum, I love the look of this casserole. it looks really delicious!

  2. this looks like my kind of comfort food! yum!

  3. This looks fab, I've saved it to make for my boys! I'm your newest follower :)

  4. This reminds me of a dish my mother always used to make, minus the red pepper. We love it spicy though, so I think I will add the pepper. Thanks for the recipe.


  5. Cheese, pasta and hamburger - it would be a sure winner with my kiddos!

  6. Anything with penne pasta in it has my vote! Love it!

    Thanks for sharing with the hearth and soul hop.

  7. I'm always ready for a nice family-friendly casserole like this. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop. I'm your newest follower :)

  8. This looks wonderful! I love anything with ground beef & cheese;0) Bonus! The children will love it! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I just love Penne Pasta, and your casserole looks so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful casserole with us here at Full Plate Thursday. You have a great week end and please come back!

  10. Thanks for sharing and linking a delicious recipe. I hope you stop by again for Tasty Traditions. Have a great day!

  11. looks pretty darn good! than you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

  12. Just stopping to say thanks for linking up to Tip Day Thursday last week. Sorry that I'm a bit late.

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