Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cheesy Barbecue Casserole

This is one of my husband's FAVORITE dinners.   Whenever I ask him what he would like for dinner, this is his request.  I've made it countless times and it never dissapoints.  We like to use Sweet Baby Rays barbecue sauce, but any kind will work just fine.  It's appx. 600 calories per serving, but you could lighten it up with ground turkey and low fat cheese.  A simple tossed salad compliments this perfectly.  It's very quick and easy to prepare and can be assembled ahead of time, then baked in just 40 minutes.   Enjoy!

Cheesy Barbecue Casserole
adapted from Betty Crocker's A Passion for Pasta, copyright 1999

1 lb box Medium Shell-shaped pasta
1 lb Ground Chuck
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon dried parsley (optional)
1 cup milk  
1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray.   Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.  Cook beef and onion in a large skillet, over med-high heat, until browned, drain grease.

Mix pasta, beef mixture, and remaining ingredients, except 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese.  Spoon into baking dish.   Cook for 30 minutes until hot in center.  Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar and continue baking for another 10 minutes. 

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