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Wagon Wheel Casserole

My ground beef hot dish is a family pleaser. We love the combination of ingredients.—Barbara Hopkins, Lusby, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces wagon wheel pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a shallow 3-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray, toss pasta, Parmesan cheese, green pepper, spaghetti sauce and beef mixture.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
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  • Saraj2023
    May 11, 2020

    One of my Husband’s favorite meals. Instead of Wagon wheels, we use shells. I also had 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and add the green peppers half way through cooking the hamburger. Otherwise, they turn out too raw. I also place 1/2 of the noodle sauce mixture in the baking dish, add mozzarella cheese and then cover with the rest of the noodle sauce mixture.

  • Kris Countryman
    Jun 5, 2013

    I couldn't find wagon wheel pasta so I used a multigrain elbow instead. It was okay but both my husband and I agree that we would rather have a plate of spaghetti with meat sauce.

  • Rockamama
    Sep 28, 2012

    It was just spaghetti with a different shaped pasta. Just okay, nothing exceptional.

  • ckc5780
    May 30, 2010

    Fantastic! Good for the fussy crowd - a real pleaser! Thank you!

  • lorilynced
    Mar 25, 2010

    It needed more seasoning, so I added spaghetti seasoning. It was good but no more than your average spaghetti!

  • nairotci
    Mar 6, 2010

    This has nearly all my favorite pizza toppings, except for sausage so to me takes like pizza which I dearly love and this has a lot less calories. Next time I'm going to do it with ground pork and put sausage seasoning in the pork. Then it will taste just like my pizza! I'm also on a gluten free diet so I just used gluten free elbow macaroni (made with rice) in place of the wagon wheels. At 58, I don't need cute wagon wheels to get me to eat! It looks better than this photo too. I just made sure the spaghetti sauce had no wheat in it. I don't know where the other reviewer got all the salt. I don't see that as an ingredient. With 3 Gm sodium as a "normal" amount of sodium for a healthy person, this comes no where near the limit of sodium one should consume. He could also use his homemade spaghetti sauce and not put any salt in it if that's his only complaint. I was a cardiac nurse for many years. The majority of our cardiac patients were on a 2 Gm sodium diet, again, this comes no where near that unless they eat the entire recipe!

  • golliwog
    Mar 5, 2010

    Living in rural Saskatchewan l do not always have the exact ingredients so l switched the Wagon Wheel Pasta for Rotini and it was still very good!