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Cheese, Beef & Noodle Casserole


7 points per serving

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  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 pound ground lean beef (7% fat or less)
  • 4 cups hot cooked whole wheat penne
  • 2 cups fat-free marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese


Servings 6


Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Heat oil in 2-quart flameproof casserole dish over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add beef and cook, breaking it apart with spoon, until browned, about 10 minutes.

Stir penne, marinara sauce, 1/2 cup of Monterey Jack, and the parsley into beef mixture and spread evenly; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Transfer casserole to oven and bake until cheese is melted and filling is bubbly around edge, about 20 minutes.

Healthy Extra Start your meal off with a torn escarole salad dressed with lemon juice and sprinkled with thinly sliced radishes and the radish tops, chopped, if attached. The tops make a tasty addition to almost any salad.

PER SERVING (about 1 cup): 298 Cal, 8 g Total Fat, 3 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 42 mg Choi, 473 mg Sod, 35 g Garb, 2 g Sugar, 5 g Fib, 22 g Prot, 256 mg Calc.

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