Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Beef & Mozzarella Bake

This recipe is another one I found on the Campbell's Soup website. It was a huge hit at our house. Grace even enjoyed it! Kevin and I both thought it tasted similar to the lasagna flavored Hamburger Helper, just better. It was really easy to make too!

Beef & Mozzarella Bake

1 lb. ground beef
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 1/4 Cups spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 1/4 Cups water
2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
3 Cups medium shell-shaped pasta, cooked and drained (you can substitute other types of pasta, like rotini or penne).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook beef, basil, black pepper and garlic powder over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring frequently to break up meat. Pour off any fat.

Stir the sauce, soup, water and 1 cup of cheese into skillet. Stir in the pasta and coat with the sauce mixture. Spoon into 2 quart shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Serves 6.

Next time we try this, we're going to add some fresh chopped onion to the meat mixture...just for a little more flavor.