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Ground Beef Spiral Bake Recipe

Ground Beef Spiral Bake Recipe

“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. YIELD: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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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germanycook User ID: 6411056 219805
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"Good and easy, but really nothing amazing."

Kyrgyz_girl User ID: 7578687 172262
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2014


sjmdam User ID: 4248228 156307
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!"

ohyeah40 User ID: 6787809 168878
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

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

ohyeah40 User ID: 6787809 99728
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."

E.Green User ID: 5959940 172261
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"Awesome dish!! Everyone in the family loved it, and the kids don't even like italian. I will definitely make this again."

tchr90 User ID: 2795278 97551
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"My husband loves this casserole! I like that I can make a meal and have a second casserole to freeze! Sometimes I substitute Hunt's Chunky Vegetable pasta Sauce for the spaghetti sauce as my husband prefers it made using the pasta sauce. (I also like the recipe but can't eat much of it due to having GERD.)"

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