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French Onion Beef and Pasta Bake

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.
More About This Recipe
  • When two classic dinners join together to make a brilliant recipe, it tends to find its way into our dinner routine again and again. This pasta bake recipe is no exception. We used penne noodles in this recipe, but you could also use rigatoni or ziti. Tubular noodles work best with ground beef recipes since they are a heartier type of pasta. Since it has all the flavors of a popular cold-weather soup, it makes for the perfect comfort food dinner on a chilly weeknight. And of course, we can never have too much pasta in our lives so if you’re like us, you’re always looking for new ways to use up those boxes of pasta in the corners of your cupboards. If you think this recipe was brilliant, we’re about to blow your mind with more pasta recipes and foolproof techniques to making pasta sauce from scratch.

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