Cheesy Pesto Wicked Beef Recipe

This ground beef and cheese casserole gets a flavorful kick from Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto. Ready in 30 minutes!
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  • Ready in: 30 minutes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Chill/Cook time: 20 minutes
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  • Servings: 6

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  • 1 (12 ounce) package extra-wide egg noodles
  • 1½ pounds leaf ground beef
  • 1 (15 ounce) jar 3-cheese Alfredo sauce
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
  • 1 cup finely shredded Italian-blend cheese
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, optional

cooking methods

  • Simmer
  • Stovetop


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions to al dente. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground beef and 1 tablespoon Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix; salt and pepper as desired. Cook and crumble until no longer pink, abut 5-7 minutes. Drain off liquid.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in Onion Onion™ Seasoning, Alfredo sauce, undrained tomatoes and remaining ¼ cup Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix; simmer 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add pasta and cheese; cook until heated through. Salt and pepper as desired. Garnish with cilantro leaves, if desired.

Makes 6 servings.

Serve with Sautéed Brussels Sprouts recipe and breadsticks.

Wine Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon

Make Ahead & Freeze: Prepare step 1; combine with 2 teaspoons oil and cheese in a gallon freezer bag. Combine step 2 ingredients in a quart freezer bag. Combine step 3 ingredients in a quart freezer bag. Place all bags in a gallon freezer bag. Seal well, label and freeze. Thaw completely. Continue with step 2.

Nutrition per Serving:
Calories: 590 Total Fat: 25g Sat. Fat: 10g Cholest: 155mg Sodium: 800mg Carbs: 53g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g Protein: 37g

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from family approved Have been wanting to try this recipe. Boys gave it both thumbs up - I used extra lean ground beef and only used a pound. I could definitely add some mushrooms, yellow squash, and or spinach if you are like me and try to get as many veggies into the main dish as possible.
Date published: 2019-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super easy and delicious Made this last night as directed, using extra lean beef and light alfredo sauce, and it was awesome. I added some cheese at the end (less than called for) but honestly think it would have been just as good without the cheese. This will be going in the regular rotation.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One Pot Wonder There isn't anything better than a one-pot meal for this mom! This dish came out great and we all had clean plates! Thank you Tastefully Simple for putting out such delicious meals
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tons of flavor This was a home run with the entire family. Kiddos gave it 2 thumbs up! The only change I made was making the alfredo from scratch. Will definitely make again!
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This dish is amazing! I cut back a bit on the egg noodles & added extra tomatoes... AMAZING!!! It's like a healthy version of a certain pre-packaged, one-pot "beef assistant" dish, except that it tastes WAY BETTER! ;)
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, Easy, and a Family Hit My Daughter loved it so much she posed! Clean plates that night!!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Pasta This is one of my favorite meals by Tastefully Simple. I love pasta and this dish is so easy to make.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Easy and FAST! I have very picky kids so I skipped the cilantro and I pureed the diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano. It was a hit!! No complaints and the cleaned their plates! We have a very busy schedule and this was ready in no time!
Date published: 2017-02-21
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