Source: Nestle® Very Best Meals

Garden Pasta Casserole
This meat-and-pasta one-dish meal is a surefire family pleaser. It also does double-duty in that you have one casserole to eat and one to freeze for later. Serve with a green salad and warm bread.
Serves: Varies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: Varies


1 pound dried penne pasta
1 pound extra-lean beef, ground
1 small onion
2 container BUITONI® refrigerated Fat Free Garden Vegetable Sauce
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 cup reduced fat Monterey jack cheese, shredded

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Return to pan. Cook and stir beef and onion in large skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until beef is brown. Add sauce and water. Cook and stir for 4 to 5 minutes or until bubbly.

STIR sauce into pasta. Transfer half of mixture to each of two ungreased 2-quart baking dishes or casseroles. Sprinkle each with half of the cheese. Cover one baking dish or casserole with plastic wrap, then overwrap with foil. Label and freeze up to 2 months. Cover remaining dish with foil (or casserole with its lid). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through.

TO BAKE FROZEN CASSEROLE: Place casserole in refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 350° F. Remove plastic wrap; recover with foil or casserole lid. Bake for 70 minutes or until heated through.