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Cheesy beef n’ penne pasta casserole

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    Cheesy beef n’ penne pasta casserole Low Sodium

    You’ll bring your "A" game with this all-in-one-skillet, vitamin A-packed meal! Vitamin A is important for maintaining and improving the health of your eyes, hair and skin.


    1 tablespoon canola oil
    1 cup diced onion
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    8 ounces extra-lean (97% lean) ground beef
    2 tablespoons fresh chopped oregano (You can also use 2 teaspoons dried.)
    1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
    1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 1/2 cups canned no-salt-added diced tomatoes
    8 ounces whole-grain penne pasta
    3 ounces fresh spinach
    1 ounce fresh arugula
    1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    *optional toppings: lettuce, sour cream, cheese, diced tomatoes


    1. Preheat broiler to high heat. In a large oven-safe skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add beef and oregano. Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Continue cooking, breaking the beef up with a wooden spoon or heat-safe spatula, until beef has browned (about 3 to 4 minutes).
    2. Add broth, pepper, cumin, tomatoes and pasta. Stir and turn heat to high. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 12 to 13 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in spinach and arugula.
    3. Sprinkle cheese over pasta mixture. Place skillet in the oven to broil for 1 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Allow to cool slightly and enjoy warm.

    Makes 4 servings

    Recipe contains: wheat, milk

    Carb choices per serving: 3 1/2

    *Option not included in nutrition facts.


    Turn this into a meatless meal by using your favorite cooked bean in place of the beef.*

    Nutrition Facts