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Italian Hot Dish

My husband had a poor perception of healthy food until he tried this beefy casserole. The combination of pasta, oregano, mushrooms and green peppers makes it a favorite in our house. —Theresa Smith, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked multigrain bow tie pasta (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook and crumble beef with 1/2 cup mushrooms, onion and green pepper over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Stir in seasonings and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 15 minutes.
  • Place pasta in an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with meat sauce and remaining mushrooms. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake, covered, 35 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted, 5-10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 394 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 704mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • tsuop
    Jul 11, 2020

    Carbs, carbs & more carbs how is this healthy?

  • Christina
    Jun 13, 2020

    Why do we need to bake it for 35 minutes after it’s already cooked through? I added water in the summer stage to the tomato sauce to keep it from drying out.

  • modestcook
    May 23, 2020

    First time I made this I made exactly as written. I made it a 2nd. time with some changes because I thought it needed more flavor. I used mild Italian sausage instead of ground beef, added some chopped pepperoni and sliced black olives. I did not put this in the oven. After browning the sausage and onion and green pepper I added the spices and tomato sauce. Simmered for about 20 minutes; covered. Added the pepperoni and olives, stirred. About 10 minutes before serving I added the cooked bow ties. It was more to our liking. My wife said the pepperoni made it a lot better. I agree, also the Italian sausage in place of the ground beef. This is a keeper for us.

  • Janet
    May 10, 2020

    Great! Will make again. Easy directions. Used fresh onion, chopped but did not use onion powder.

  • Jennifer
    Apr 29, 2020

    I made this for dinner tonight but I used Italian sausage instead of hamburger and my husband and I both agree that it def gave more flavor either the sausage. It was very good will make again.

  • Laura
    Jan 19, 2020

    I made this using Italian sausage and it was great. My husband loved it.

  • Cheryl
    Sep 30, 2019

    Very tasty!!

  • Arleen
    Aug 7, 2019

    This is a great dish for a busy night and satisfies our need for good pasta with a mellow "not too tomatoe-ee" flavor. You can tweak as needed for spicier or it!

  • Del
    Jul 13, 2019

    A little cayenne and this is the bees knees.

  • KookieB
    Jul 13, 2019

    Pretty standard baked pasta dish. Very simple to tweak to any family's liking. My husband doesn't like red sauce of any kind so I use an alfredo/ white sauce instead. I love baked pasta either way. Win/Win!