1/11/12

Creamy Cheesy Pasta Bake

Creamy Cheesy Pasta Bake
If you like, double this recipe and bake it in a 9x13-inch baker.
It keeps well for several days and reheats beautifully in the microwave. We love leftovers! 
Or, you can double the recipe, eat one now and stick one in the freezer for later!

Creamy Cheesy Pasta Bake

8 ounces uncooked pasta (I like penne.)
1 pound ground beef
1 large can spaghetti sauce
8 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 – 1 ½ cups shredded Italian blend cheese
1 small can French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat an 9x9” baker with cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
Brown ground beef; drain.
Add spaghetti sauce to skillet; heat through.
Combine pasta and sauce.
Place cream cheese and milk in a microwave-safe container. Heat and stir until smooth. Add Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese to cream cheese/milk mixture.
Assemble ingredients in baking dish in this order:
Pasta mixture
Cream cheese mixture
Shredded Italian blend cheese
Bake for about 20 minutes, remove from oven and top with French fried onions.
Return to oven for about 5 minutes. Watch carefully, as these onions tend to burn easily. 

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