Friday, April 12, 2019

Italian Noodle Casserole

This casserole is like baked ziti with lighter Greek yogurt and zucchini in it!

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I have made this recipe two or three times now trying to get a good picture and it's just not going to happen. It ALWAYS photographs orange. Don't let that deter you from how absolutely delicious this recipe is. It reminds me a lot of baked ziti but lighter. You use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or ricotta and there is zucchini in it. Any pasta recipe with zucchini ends up being on my favorites list. I'm sure that's merely a coincidence but all the pasta with zucchini recipes are always so great!

Italian Noodle Casserole #recipe #beef #pasta #Greekyogurt #zucchini #maindish

What you need:
  • 8 oz. penne or ziti, cooked al dente
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 to 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and crumble ground beef with onion and salt and pepper. Drain, if needed.
  2. Add zucchini and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce and Italian seasoning and bring to a simmer.
  4. In a bowl (or the pot it was cooked in), stir together pasta, Greek yogurt, and cream cheese until smooth.
  5. Pour pasta into a greased 9x13-inch casserole dish.
  6. Top with an even layer of the meat mixture and then top with cheddar and Parmesan.
  7. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese has melted.
Recipe slightly adapted from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

I really love casseroles and this Dump-and-Bake Chicken Alfredo Casserole is one of the best casseroles I've ever made and eaten. This Cheesy Enchilada Casserole from Favorite Family Recipes would be a wonderful Taco Tuesday dish, don't you agree?


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