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Cheesy Beef and Tomato Bake

Cheesy Beef and Tomato Bake

with Rigatoni and Parmesan

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Sneak in all sorts of veggies in this delicious cheesy beef and tomato bake. Featuring rigatoni pasta, a creamy tomato sauce, and tender, juicy beef. This dinner will get everyone around the dinner table quick!

Preparation Time30 minutes
Cooking difficultyLevel 1

serving 4 people

Ingredientsarrow down iconarrow down icon

serving 4 people

454 g

Ground Beef

340 g



113 g

Mozzarella Cheese, shredded


160 g

Sweet Bell Pepper

1 tbsp

Italian Seasoning


1 box

Crushed Tomatoes

2 tbsp

Tomato Paste

6 tbsp

Cream Cheese


113 g

Baby Spinach

¼ cup

Parmesan Cheese


Not included in your delivery

1 tbsp


¼ tsp

Salt and Pepper*

2 tsp


Nutrition Values
Nutrition Valuesarrow down iconarrow down icon
Calories740 kcal
Fat28 g
Saturated Fat12 g
Carbohydrate77 g
Sugar14 g
Dietary Fiber5 g
Protein42 g
Cholesterol100 mg
Sodium1730 mg
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Measuring Spoons
Large Pot
Measuring Cups
Large Non-Stick Pan
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Before starting, preheat your broiler to high and wash and dry all produce. Add 10 cups water and 2 tsp salt in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Core, then cut peppers into 1/2-inch pieces.


Add rigatoni to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10-12 min. Reserve 1/2 cup water, then drain and return to same pot, off heat. Set aside.


While rigatoni cooks, heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add beef and Italian seasoning. Cook, breaking up beef into smaller pieces, until no pink remains, 4-5 min.** Season with salt and pepper. Carefully pour all but 1 tbsp fat from the pan.


Add tomato sauce and peppers to the pan with beef. Cook, stirring occasionally, until peppers are tender-crisp, 3-4 min. Add crushed tomato and reserved pasta water. Cook, stirring often, until warmed through, 1-2 min. Add spinach, cream cheese and half the Parmesan. Cook, stirring often, until spinach wilts, 1-2 min. Season with salt and pepper.


Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with 1/2 tsp oil. When the sauce is done, add to the pot with rigatoni and stir to coat. Add rigatoni mixture to the oiled baking dish, then sprinkle over mozzarella cheese. Broil in middle of oven, until cheese melts, 3-4 min.


Sprinkle over remaining Parmesan, then divide Cheesy Beef and Tomato Bake between plates.