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Mediterranean Beef and Pasta Bake

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time15 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time55 mins

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.

Canadian Beef Mediterranean Beef and Pasta Bake

 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

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


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.


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 .


*Other Options: Extra Lean Ground Beef

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g16%

Saturated Fat 4g20%
Sodium 533mg23%
Total Carbohydrate 18g6%

Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Protein 18g36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.