Cheesy Pasta Casserole

Author: Canadian Living

  • Portion size 12 servings


  • 16 oz ziti pasta
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 48 oz pasta sauce
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 egg
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese divided


1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to directions; drain. 2. Meanwhile, chop onion. Place onion, ground beef and garlic pressed in a skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink. Remove from heat; drain. Sprinkle with seasoning mix. Stir in sauce and tomatoes. 3. In a bowl, lightly beat egg. Add ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and black pepper. Set aside 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir remaining Parmesan cheese into ricotta mixture. 4. To assemble casserole, ovenproof casserole dish. Add 6 cups of the meat sauce; mix well. Spread ricotta mixture evenly over pasta. Top with remaining meat sauce. Bake 1 hour. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Continue baking 10 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings
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Cheesy Pasta Casserole