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Cheese-Topped Beef Bake Recipe
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Cheese-Topped Beef Bake Recipe

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“Looking for something quick but 'different' for dinner one night, I was browsing through a Taste of Home cookbook,“ shares Debbie Pirlot from Green Bay, Wisconsin. “I found two easy recipes with similar ingredients and decided to combine them. The result is this rich and delicious recipe that my family really enjoys.“
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) medium pasta shells
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and taco seasoning.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and sour cream; set aside.
  3. Drain the pasta; stir into beef mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spread with cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Cheese-Topped Beef Bake in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p13

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Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012

"It was alright, but the cream cheese topping was kind of weird. I wouldn't make it again."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"Something different, was very yummy."

Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"DDL ask for recipe! She thought that it was super--similar to lasagna but much easier. Granddaughter loved the cheese."

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2011

"easy! i added mozz and garlic powder too."

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"This was so good. I added garlic to the beef and more spaghetti sauce then called for. Great leftovers. A keeper for sure."

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