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Penne Beef Bake

 Penne Beef Bake
I had ground beef and veggies on hand so I came up with this pizza-flavored casserole. I never expected my family to love it so much. It's a good way to sneak in some extra veggies for the kids. —Jennifer Wise, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
8 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 medium zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat Alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • Cook penne according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch
  • oven, cook the beef, zucchini, pepper and onion over medium heat
  • until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce,
  • Alfredo sauce, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and garlic powder. Drain
  • penne; stir into meat mixture.
  • Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Cover and bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining
  • mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until
  • cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/3 cups equals 395 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 805 mg sodium,

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Penne Beef Bake (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 45 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.