Cheesy tomato beef pasta bake

    1 hour 10 min

    A hearty pasta bake of macaroni, beef mince, chopped tomatoes and tomato juice, grated Cheddar cheese and onions (if you like). Fun to make and enjoy with the kids at half term!

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    Serves: 7 

    • 700g macaroni pasta
    • 450g lean beef mince
    • 1L tomato juice
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes, with juice
    • 450g grated mature Cheddar cheese, divided
    • 1 onion, chopped (optional)

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. In a large pot with boiling salted water cook macaroni pasta until al dente; drain.
    2. In a large frying pan cook beef mince until no pink remains; drain excess grease.
    3. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7.
    4. In a large bowl add the tomato juice, tomatoes, cooked beef mince, cooked and drained pasta and 225g of the grated cheese; mix well. Pour mixture into a 2 litre baking dish. Spread remaining 225g of grated cheese over the top.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted, then grill until the cheese is golden brown.

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    Pretty good made just as the recipe says, but there are a couple of changes I may try next time. For starters there are A LOT of noodles. I would cut them down to 16 oz. instead of 24. I also added 2c. more cheese because someone else said it was more macaroni and tomatoes than mac n cheese. I'm glad I did because it was better cheesier. I also browned the beef with a little pepper and garlic salt for flavor. I think maybe next time I will use a little less juice (since I will use less macaroni), 6c. not 4 of cheese, and also add some italian seasoning. Maybe using v8 or spicy v8 instead would also kick it up a notch? Anyway, I liked it and it's a good versatile recipe you can play with or use as is. My toddler loved it and ate like a piggy!  -  04 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My daughter and husband really liked this dish. Like the others before me, I too made some modifications since I thought 2 boxes of pasta would be way too much. I used one box of tri-colored rotini, a bag of Soy crumbles (made it vegetarian!), one 16 oz bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a 14oz can of diced Fire Roasted tomatoes, diced onion and green pepper, shredded zucchini, carrot, and mushroom, and half of a 16 oz bottle of regular V-8. My husband liked it so much he wants it again this week, but with 'real' meat in it this time!  -  07 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is simply fantastic. I was looking for an easy Friday night meal for my family and came across this one. I have three teenage boys and they loved this. It has become a weekly staple. I added a little more ground beef for my boys the second time we tried. GREAT!!  -  10 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)