Beefy Macaroni Casserole CHOW Style

Total Time
55mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

Adapted from CHOW. Delicious and slightly uppity ;)

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the bell peppers, onion, garlic, measured salt, oregano, paprika, and measured pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened but not browned, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook, breaking the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until it’s just cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add the pasta to the boiling pot of water and cook until still chewy and underdone, usually 1 or 2 minutes less than the package directions suggest (the pasta will finish cooking in the oven). Drain and rinse with cold water until no longer steaming; set aside.
  4. Add the marinara sauce, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer and remove from heat.
  5. Pour half the pasta into the bottom of a 5 quart baking dish. Add 3 cups of the sauce to the pasta and stir.
  6. Sprinkle half the cheese over the top.
  7. Dump the rest of the pasta in the dish and carefully pour the rest of the sauce over the top, evenly.
  8. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and place uncovered in the oven.
  9. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top.