Wagon Wheel Pasta Bake

Wagon Wheel Pasta Bake

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 6

    cups uncooked wagon wheel pasta (or other short shape pasta such as rotini or penne)

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1

    teaspoon salt

  • ¼

    teaspoon minced garlic

  • teaspoon pepper

  • 1

    lb. ground beef

  • ¼

    cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼

    cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

  • 4

    cups marinara sauce

  • 2

    cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

  • 1

    .Cook pasta for about 1-2 minutes less than called for on the package directions. You want it to be slightly under-cooked so that it doesn’t become mushy when you bake it in the oven later.

  • 2

    .Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the eggs, salt, garlic, and pepper. Add beef and mix well. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs; mix gently.

  • 3

    .Crumble beef mixture into a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the marinara sauce.

  • 4

    .Drain pasta; place in a large bowl. Add beef mixture; sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Toss until pasta is well coated.

  • 5

    .Pour pasta mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish (or into two 8-inch square baking dishes). Top with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

  • 6

    .Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 25-30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until top browns and pasta is heated through.

  • 7

    .

Directions

1.Cook pasta for about 1-2 minutes less than called for on the package directions. You want it to be slightly under-cooked so that it doesn’t become mushy when you bake it in the oven later. 2.Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the eggs, salt, garlic, and pepper. Add beef and mix well. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs; mix gently. 3.Crumble beef mixture into a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the marinara sauce. 4.Drain pasta; place in a large bowl. Add beef mixture; sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Toss until pasta is well coated. 5.Pour pasta mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish (or into two 8-inch square baking dishes). Top with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. 6.Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 25-30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until top browns and pasta is heated through. 7.Serve with additional Parmesan cheese on top, if desired.


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