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rustic beef and tomato pasta bake

Rustic Beef and Tomato Pasta Bake

Combining beef with tomato sauce, cheese and Italian seasoning, this casserole makes a lovely weeknight meal. It is really easy to make and you can cook the pasta while you are making the sauce to save time, then combine them, top the mixture with cheese, and bake until done. Ground beef is the best kind to choose for this recipe, but if you only have the higher-fat kind, just drain the excess fat off after cooking and you will end up with the same result.

You can use any kind of tomato sauce for this dish, either a plain one, something with basil, a spicy one, or even a homemade tomato sauce if you prefer. Popping open a jar of sauce is perfect if you want to make this recipe as quick and simple as possible, without losing any of the appeal or flavor, and a lot of home cooks like to keep dried pasta and pasta sauce in the cupboard so they can pull together such a meal whenever they like.

A baked pasta dish always makes a delicious meal. While it is baking you can put together any side dishes. A side dish is not necessary because this meal features pasta, meat and vegetables too (in the form of onion and also tomato sauce) so you could just serve some extra grated cheese to scatter on top. If you do want sides though, consider a simple green salad, or some garlic bread if you do not mind the extra carbs. Continue reading

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