Baked Penne with Beef Zuchini and Fontina Cheese

Author: Canadian Living

Why send canned products when you can send your own homemade beef and pasta? Make this for the family meal and send leftovers in your child's lunch in a vacuum container.

  • Portion size 8 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: May 2004

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cups diced zucchinis
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 12 oz penne pasta (about 5 cups/1.25 L)
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Method

In Dutch oven, saut?eef over medium-high heat, breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off any fat.

Add onion, zucchini, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper; cook over medium heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Stir in milk and Worcestershire sauce; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the Fontina cheese.

Meanwhile, in pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until tender but firm, about 8 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Add meat sauce, red pepper and parsley; toss to combine. Pour into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw in refrigerator for 48 hours. Uncover.)

Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until heated through, about 15 minutes. Broil until golden, 3 to 5 minutes.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 464 mg
  • Protein 23 g
  • Calories 381.0
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Cholesterol 55 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 40 g

%RDI

  • Iron 16.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 34.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 16.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 11.0
  • Vitamin C 30.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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