Ground Beef Spiral Bake Recipe
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Ground Beef Spiral Bake Recipe

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“We got this recipe from a restaurant cook who lived in the duplex beside my mother-in-law," recalls Monika Rahn of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania. "It was one of his favorites. It’s easy to make, tastes just great and freezes well. Both my mother-in-law and her neighbor are gone now, but this recipe always brings back happy memories!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 jars (26 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 359 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 627mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, basil and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Stir pasta into meat mixture. Transfer to two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle each with 2 cups cheese. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months.
  3. Bake the remaining casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
  4. To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (8 servings each).
Originally published as Ground Beef Spiral Bake in Simple & Delicious January/February 2008, p15

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Good and easy, but really nothing amazing."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014


Reviewed Feb. 24, 2014

"We loved this one pretty easy to make! I love having the 2nd one. When I make this I plan a visit to my oldest daughters and give it to her to bake her family they love it too!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"oops i forgot to say i added a small can of mushrooms too. yummy!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"I love this recipe. I didnt make two. I tweeked it though, I added a tablespoon of italian seasoning, garlic salt, a cup-cup 1/2 of water half a box of spirals. i used a 32 oz Classico spagetti sauce fire roasted i think. next time i'll use rotelle instead of rotini. but we loved it. this is a every other week meal from now on. i took a pic and i wish i could post it."

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