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Cheesy Italian Pasta Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green pepper - chopped
  • 1 yellow onion - chopped
  • 1 lb . lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp pepper for the beef
  • 1 jar of Ragu Homestlye Thick and Hearty Sauce
  • 1 lb box of rotini pasta 1 .
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups Italian cheese blend reserving 1/3 cup for the top
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream light works fine too
  • 6 slices of provolone cheese
  • 1 tsp salt & 1/2 tsp pepper for the cheese
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • Chopped basil for garnish totally optional

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put a pot of water to boil for your pasta and cook pasta according to package directions.
  • While your water is boiling, chop your onion and green pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and add your olive oil, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, ground beef, salt, and pepper.
  • Cook until the beef is browned throughout.
  • Drain if necessary.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine your cream cheese, sour cream, Italian cheese, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings. (make sure to reserve one cup of the italian cheese for the topping later)
  • Your pasta should be done by now so go ahead and drain it and set it aside.
  • Begin layering in the baking dish:
  • Add a few spoonfuls of you'r sauce mixture to the bottom of you pan,
  • Then add in half of your pasta.
  • Then spoon in all of your cheese mixture of the noodles.
  • Layer your provolone slices over the cheese mixture.
  • Then add in the rest of your noodles,
  • Pour the remaining sauce over the noodles.
  • Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  • After the 30 minutes, remove your pan from the oven, uncover and top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.
  • Enjoy!