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Cheesy Beef and Corn Pasta Casserole

Cheesy Beef and Corn Pasta Casserole—a dish that blends the richness of seasoned ground beef, the sweetness of corn, and the gooey allure of melted cheese. This pasta casserole is a culinary masterpiece that elevates your comfort food experience, promising a symphony of textures and flavors in every spoonful. Gather your loved ones and savor the nostalgia of a home-cooked meal with this delightful creation.

Exciting Story: The inspiration for the Cheesy Beef and Corn Pasta Casserole comes from the desire to craft a dish that combines the savory comfort of seasoned beef with the sweetness of corn, all enveloped in a blanket of melted cheese. The first time we made this casserole, the kitchen filled with the aroma of browning beef and the bubbling allure of cheesy goodness. Now, it’s a beloved recipe, a reminder that the simplest ingredients can come together to create something truly extraordinary.

Why Cheesy Beef and Corn Pasta Casserole is a Flavorful Delight:

Selling Points:

  • Savory Seasoned Beef: Ground beef, sautéed with aromatic spices, forms a flavorful base that anchors the entire casserole.
  • Sweet Corn Bliss: Sweet corn kernels add a burst of sweetness and a satisfying crunch, creating a delightful contrast to the savory beef.
  • Gooey Melted Cheese: A generous layer of melted cheese blankets the casserole, creating a golden crust that’s irresistible to cheese lovers.
  • Versatile Family Favorite: A hearty and satisfying meal that appeals to all ages, making it a go-to for family dinners or potlucks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (about 450g) ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15 oz) corn kernels, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 oz (about 225g) pasta, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups (about 200g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (about 100g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish, optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat until fully cooked.
  3. Add chopped onions and minced garlic to the skillet, sautéing until the onions are translucent.
  4. Stir in the drained corn, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (with their juices), dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta with the beef and corn mixture, ensuring an even distribution.
  6. Spread half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese over the pasta.
  8. Repeat the layers with the remaining pasta mixture and cheese.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the top is golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  11. Optional: Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color.
  12. Serve the Cheesy Beef and Corn Pasta Casserole warm and enjoy the comforting combination of flavors.

Notes:

  • Customize the casserole by adding diced bell peppers, mushrooms, or spinach for extra veggies.
  • Experiment with different cheese blends for added variety.
  • To make it spicier, consider adding a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the beef and corn mixture.

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Q: Can I use ground turkey instead of beef?

A: Absolutely! Ground turkey is a great alternative and will lend a lighter flavor to the casserole.

Q: Can I make this ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it. Bake it when ready to serve, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time if needed.

Cheesy Beef and Corn Pasta Casserole

Recipe by Alexandra
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Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb 1 (about 450g) ground beef

  • 1 small 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 1 can 1 (15 oz) corn kernels, drained

  • 1 can 1 (15 oz) tomato sauce

  • 1 can 1 (15 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 teaspoon 1 dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon 1 dried basil

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

  • 8 oz 8 (about 225g) pasta, cooked according to package instructions

  • 2 cups 2 (about 200g) shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup 1 (about 100g) shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish, optional)

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat until fully cooked.
  • Add chopped onions and minced garlic to the skillet, sautéing until the onions are translucent.
  • Stir in the drained corn, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (with their juices), dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta with the beef and corn mixture, ensuring an even distribution.
  • Spread half of the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle half of the shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese over the pasta.
  • Repeat the layers with the remaining pasta mixture and cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • Optional: Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a burst of color.
  • Serve the Cheesy Beef and Corn Pasta Casserole warm and enjoy the comforting combination of flavors.

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