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French Onion Beef and Pasta Bake

  • Prep 1 hr 10 min
  • Total 1 hr 35 min
  • Servings 10

With buttery caramelized onions and loads of melty Swiss cheese, this inexpensive ground beef dinner knows a thing or two about living large on a small budget. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

1
lb uncooked penne pasta
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 1/2
teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
1
cup dry white wine
3
tablespoons butter
3
medium onions, sliced (3 cups)
3
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3
cups Progresso™ beef flavored broth (from 32-oz carton)
3
cups shredded Swiss cheese (12 oz)
2/3
cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
1
tablespoon butter, melted

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, using minimum cooking time.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and steak seasoning over medium-high heat 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned; drain. Add wine; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until most of liquid has evaporated. Transfer to large bowl.
  • 3
    Add 3 tablespoons butter to skillet; heat over medium-high heat. Stir in onions to coat with butter. Cook 10 minutes, stirring every 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; cook 15 to 20 minutes longer, stirring well every few minutes, until onions are deep golden brown. Reserve 1/2 cup of the onions.
  • 4
    Sprinkle flour over remaining onions in skillet; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in broth. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Add onion mixture to beef mixture along with cooked pasta. Stir to combine.
  • 5
    Add half of the pasta mixture to baking dish. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of the cheese over top. Add remaining pasta mixture and cheese. Scatter reserved onions over cheese.
  • 6
    In small bowl, mix bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle over pasta mixture. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until top is brown and edges are bubbly.

Expert Tips

  • Slightly undercook the penne for perfect al dente pasta in the casserole.
  • For best flavor, use yellow onions, not sweet onions, in this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
500
Calories from Fat
190
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
32%
Saturated Fat
11g
56%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
70mg
24%
Sodium
510mg
21%
Potassium
220mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
52g
17%
Dietary Fiber
3g
11%
Sugars
3g
Protein
26g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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