Cheesy Barbecue Casserole

Barbecue sauce lends a sweet and savory flavor to an Italian-style casserole.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 6

3
cups uncooked ziti pasta (11 oz)
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4
cup chopped fresh parsley
1
cup milk
1
cup barbecue sauce
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1 1/2
cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
  • 3 Stir pasta, 3 tablespoons of the parsley, the milk, barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese into beef in skillet. Spoon mixture into casserole. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese.
  • 4 Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon parsley.

Expert Tips

You can substitute 3 cups of uncooked penne pasta for the ziti.

For a splash of added color, sprinkle chopped tomato over this cheesy dish.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
580
(
Calories from Fat
210),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
23%
(Saturated Fat
12g,
12%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
90mg
90%;
Sodium
950mg
950%;
Total Carbohydrate
60g
60%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
15g
15%
),
Protein
34g
34%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
35%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.