cheesy meaty pasta bake

a recipe by
Maggie M
In The Kitchen, OH

This recipe is a sort of Frankenstein .. it's a combination of about 4 different recipes I've made with a touch of something new from another recipe. It's rich, it's filling, it's comfort food. It's super easy to make and I suggest you double the recipe so you have some to freeze for a quick hearty meal on a super busy day. If you are in a huge hurry you could bypass the baking and serve it straight from the pot !

serves 4
method Bake

Ingredients For cheesy meaty pasta bake

  • 1/4 tsp
    onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp
    garlic powder or fresh garlic to your taste
  • 1 tsp
    oregano - or italian seasoning
  • 1-1/2 c
    spiral pasta noodles - uncooked - or any large surface noodle
  • 3/4 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1/4 lb
    sweet italian sausage
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter
  • 2 c
    sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 c
    thinly sliced onion
  • 1/2 c
    chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 c
    diced celery
  • 1/3 c
    diced pepperoni
  • 2 c
    tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c
    shredded provolone cheese
  • 3/4 c
    shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 Tbsp
    grated parmesan cheese

How To Make cheesy meaty pasta bake

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350*. Lightly spray a baking dish - 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 and set aside.
  • 2
    In a small dish mix together the onion powder, garlic and oregano and set aside.
  • 3
    Cook the pasta according to package instructions but shorten the cooking time by 2 minutes. Rinse and drain well.
  • 4
    Heat a large skillet or pot to medium and add the ground beef and Italian sausage. Cook until done. Remove meat from pan but leave the drippings.
  • 5
    To the pan drippings add the butter. Then add the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper and celery and cook until all are done but not scorched.
  • 6
    Add the meat mixture to the cooked vegies then mix in the pepperoni. Sprinkle the seasonings and stir to blend over low heat.
  • 7
    Stir in the tomato sauce and heat thoroughly over low for about 5 minutes. Add the pasta and stir to combine.
  • 8
    Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the Provolone and half of the Mozzarella cheese.
  • 9
    Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Remove cover and sprinkle with remainder of cheeses. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes or until all of the cheese has melted.
  • 10
    Remove from oven and let it sit for at least 7 minutes before serving. Serve with Parmesan cheese if desired.
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