Baked Rotini Casserole

8 May
Baked Rotini Casserole
Baked Rotini Casserole
For the rotini…
1 bag rotini pasta
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Extra virgin olive oil to grease casserole dish
In a large pot of water, add all the seasonings and pasta… Boil for 5-7 minutes (partially cooked). Drain, cold water rinse and toss in Parmesan cheese. Grease casserole dish. Arrange rotini’s in casserole dish, standing up.
For the meat sauce (use your own or give this a try)…
2 lbs extra lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp basil
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 large jar/can tomato sauce if your choice
Shredded cheese mix (mozzarella, cheddar and jalapeño cheese)
Brown ground beef. Add the onions, garlic and seasonings… Cook until onions have softened up a bit (5 minutes or so). Add half of the sauce… Stir well and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Preheat oven to 400F. Pour meat sauce mix over top of arranged rotini. Using your hands or a spatula try and push the meat into the rotini… Do as much as you can… You won’t get it all! Take the other 1/2 of the tomato sauce and add an equal amount of water… Stir or shake in jar then pour over top of casserole. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover and toss cheese on top. Bake, uncovered for another 15 minutes. Remove, serve and enjoy!
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