This casual casserole is a cross between chili and spaghetti.
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1/2 pound extra lean ground beef
1 small (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups tomato vegetable juice
1 (15-ounce) can chili beans in sauce
1 (14.5-ounce) can zesty chili-style chunky tomatoes
5 ounces (1 1/2 cups) uncooked dried cavatappi pasta
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli American, cut into thin strips
*Substitute 1 1/2 cups uncooked dried elbow macaroni or rotini. Decrease baking time by 10 minutes.
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart baking dish with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
Cook ground beef in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 4-6 minutes or until browned. Drain off fat. Add onion, chili powder and salt; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes or until onion is softened. Spoon beef mixture into prepared baking dish.
Combine vegetable juice, beans, tomatoes, pasta and Worcestershire sauce in bowl. Pour bean mixture over beef mixture in baking dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil; bake 50-60 minutes or until pasta is tender. Uncover; top with cheese. Continue baking 5-10 minutes.
- Substitute plain chili beans in sauce if a milder flavor is preferred or add 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce if more heat is desired.
- To freeze and bake later, prepare recipe as directed. Place in freezer container. Freeze up to 3 months. To thaw, place in refrigerator 24 hours or until thawed. Heat oven to 350°F. Place mixture into 2-quart casserole dish sprayed with no-stick cooking spray. Cover with aluminum foil; bake as directed until mixture is heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese.
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So easy and tasty! I made a bigger batch because I had a full pound of ground beef and didn't want it to go bad. Because it was such a big batch I had to cook it longer, around 1.5 hours. I also made sure to add a little extra of everything else. My husband and I ate this for 3 days lunch and/or dinner and we did not get sick of it. I served it with cornbread. This is going in my favorite recipe book, loved it.
Yummy on a cold winter night. My husband and son both loved this recipe. I served it with some warm cornbread.