Canadian Beef Mediterranean Beef and Pasta Bake

Mediterranean Beef and Pasta Bake

Not your typical Mac’ n’ Beef or Shipwreck Casserole, this recipe for Mediterranean Beef & Pasta Bake makes hearty and healthy go hand-in-hand. If pressed for time, skip the baking and use as a stove-top dish.

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Canadian Beef Mediterranean Beef and Pasta Bake

Yields6 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time55 mins

 2 cup (500 mL) whole wheat rotini or penne pasta
 1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean Ground Beef Sirloin or Round*
 1 medium onion, chopped
 1 cup (250 mL) sliced mushrooms
 ½ EACH diced sweet red and green pepper
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 1 ¾ cup (350 mL) fat- and sodium-reduced pasta sauce
 1 cup (250 mL) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
 ½ cup (125 mL) crumbled light feta cheese
 ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped pitted Kalamata olives
 2 tbsp (30 mL) prepared basil pesto

1

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2

Meanwhile, brown ground beef, onion, mushrooms, red and green peppers and garlic in large nonstick frypan over medium-high heat until meat is cooked thoroughly and any liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat. Stir in pasta sauce, half of the mozzarella, feta, olives, pesto and cooked pasta.

3

Spoon into 8 inch (2 L) square baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella. Tent loosely with foil and bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 minutes .

4

*Other Options: Extra Lean Ground Beef

Ingredients

 2 cup (500 mL) whole wheat rotini or penne pasta
 1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean Ground Beef Sirloin or Round*
 1 medium onion, chopped
 1 cup (250 mL) sliced mushrooms
 ½ EACH diced sweet red and green pepper
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 1 ¾ cup (350 mL) fat- and sodium-reduced pasta sauce
 1 cup (250 mL) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
 ½ cup (125 mL) crumbled light feta cheese
 ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped pitted Kalamata olives
 2 tbsp (30 mL) prepared basil pesto

Directions

1

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2

Meanwhile, brown ground beef, onion, mushrooms, red and green peppers and garlic in large nonstick frypan over medium-high heat until meat is cooked thoroughly and any liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat. Stir in pasta sauce, half of the mozzarella, feta, olives, pesto and cooked pasta.

3

Spoon into 8 inch (2 L) square baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella. Tent loosely with foil and bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 minutes .

4

*Other Options: Extra Lean Ground Beef

Mediterranean Beef and Pasta Bake
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