Cheesy Pesto Wicked Beef Recipe

This ground beef and cheese casserole gets a flavorful kick from Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto. Ready in 30 minutes!
  • 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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from super simple! I added fresh baby spinach and used smoked gouda and smoked white cheddar for the cheese blend, because it's what I had on hand. It is now a favorite!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hubby upset coworkers got the leftovers! One of the top 3 TS recipes in our household. Easy, flavorful and that comfort food style you crave. Took some for my coworkers at lunch the next day only to get an upset text from Hubby asking where it was. Oops!
Date published: 2017-01-22
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