Macaroni Pasta Bake

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Pasta Bake is one of my kids favorite meals. They request it for birthday dinners it’s that good ;).  It has basic pantry ingredients including jarred pasta sauce – but adding all these spices and Worcestershire sauce really takes it to the next level. 

 

The reason I love it – is that it freezes SO well. I always double or triple the recipe and throw the extra casseroles in the freezer to eat later. See the notes section below for how I do this. Also this recipe is so good when you adjust – add extra meat or pasta or sauce and it’ll turn out just fine. 

 

Please let me know if you make this – everyone who does loves it!

 

Macaroni Pasta Bake

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole, freezer meal
Servings: 6 people
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 24 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni

Instructions

  • In large frying pan brown ground beef and drain.
  • Add onion to pan and cook until clear.
  • Add jar of spaghetti sauce. Stir in garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Simmer covered on very low heat for 30 min.
  • Separately: Boil elbow macaroni noodles in salted water until done. Drain noodles.
  • In a sprayed 9x9 or 9x12 casserole dish layer noodles, sauce, and cheese. Repeat ending with the cheese on top.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes until hot throughout and cheese is melted.

Notes

I always double this recipe.  I double everything and put into two casserole dishes.  One to be cooked and eaten that day, and the other goes into a freezer casserole foil container.  To make one to freeze: Follow the same instructions above but make sure to cook the noodles only to al dente or even a couple minutes under cooked.  Put all into the casserole dish in layers as described.  Add a cover and freeze.  When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge 24-48 hours, and bake as directed.  Or if you forget to thaw, then bake for 1 1/2 - 2 hours at 350 degrees or until hot and cheese is melted.  When baking, if you keep the cover on it will continue to cook the noodles - remove cover if / when it has thawed some.

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