Beefy Macaroni Casserole

This is an easy and flavorful everyday family casserole. Serve with a tossed salad and crusty bread.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 18 minutesTotal: 53 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 1 1⁄2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ziti pasta
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic. When onion is tender and ground beef is no longer pink, about 8 minutes, drain off excess fat and transfer meat mixture to a large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted boiling water just until tender; drain and set aside.
  • Add tomatoes to meat mixture, along with Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Stir in cooked pasta and 1 1⁄2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese.
  • Transfer mixture to a baking dish sprayed lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly. Top with remaining cheese and bake for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.