Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cheesy BBQ Casserole

This morning I woke up wanting to make something easy and something I've never made before. I looked through our Betty Crocker cookbook and found this yummy sounding recipe. We heart casseroles because you can make it and then store it in the fridge until your ready to eat. I made this casserole at about 11:00am this morning and we ate around 8:45pm. It was perfect to get home from running errands, throw it in the oven and wha-laa and delicious casserole ready to be eaten. I'm a big fan of BBQ sauce and really enjoyed eating this. Hope you enjoy it too!

3 Cups uncooked pasta (the recipe called for ziti but I used penne)
1 Tbl EVOO
1 lb lean ground beef (we actually used ground turkey and it tasted great)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Cup barbecue sauce
 1 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Cup milk
1 1/2 C shredded Cheddar cheese

Pre-heat over to 350 degrees
Cook and drain pasta as directed
While the pasta is cooking, chop the onion and in a saucepan add the EVOO, ground meat and onion. Cook on medium-high heat until meat is brown. Drain.
Using a large bowl (or the pot you used to cook the pasta) mix the drained pasta, meat mixture, and remaining ingredients. Save a 1/2 cup of the cheedar cheese and put on the side.
(Not gonna lie, cooked ground turkey never photographs well...it's just a weird brown gray color haha)
Place the mixture into a greased 2-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and place in the oven. Cook for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted on top.
And there you have it, a delicious casserole that is easy to make and has big flavor! Enjoy-we sure did:-)