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Casseroles: Easy Ground Beef & Pasta Casserole -

Easy Ground Beef & Pasta Casserole
Recipe submitted by: meeleend

Recipe Ingredients:

3cupuncooked medium shells or mini penne pasta
1lbslean ground chuck or ground round (85-90% lean)
1cupchopped onion
1cupchopped celery
1clovegarlic, minced
1can(14.5oz) diced tomatoes with juice
1can(15oz) tomato sauce
2tspgranulated sugar
1cupshredded Monterey Jack cheese

Recipe Instructions:

1.   Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray or grease an 11x7-inch baking dish. Cook pasta according to package directions until just tender; drain well.
2.   In a large skillet over medium heat, saute beef with onion and celery, breaking up with a spoon. Cook, stirring, until almost cooked through.
3.   Add garlic and salt and cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, granulated sugar, and the cooked drained pasta.
4.   Spoon into the prepared baking dish and cover dish tightly with foil. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
5.   Remove foil. Sprinkle with the cheese and bake uncovered for about 5 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
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