Easy Rotelle Pasta Casserole is comfort food to the max. All gets tossed together and baked for a cozy meal the whole family will love.
Italian style casseroles are welcome any season of the year. Just ask my husband. If I am not sure what to make for dinner he’ll say pasta. When that pasta is all layered in a casserole then all the better. All that’s left to place on the table is crusty bread and a salad.
My preference is to pre-cook pasta before putting together the casserole. I know there are many recipes when you can throw in the uncooked pasta and bake it all at once but I really do taste all the extra starch.
Do you have boxes and bags of different kinds of pasta in your cupboards? Me too! Actually, I am a visual type of person so all my pasta, beans and rice are in large kitchen jars, right on my shelves. I had Ed build me two levels of shelves on the bottom end of each counter and it looks so pretty. Easy to see at a glance too.
One problem that I think lots of people have is trying to find things in their cupboards. The glass jars solve a lot of my problems. Another helpful cabinet I have is a shallow one. It’s only 8″ deep on the side cabinets and 10″ deep in the center. Ed built it for me to look like a built in cabinet. That took about 10 years to get but he is very happy with it too. Whew! Two can deep and two cans high and I can find things with a snap of the fingers.
So I started pulling out the ingredients for Easy Rotelle Pasta Casserole and I was ready to go in about 2 minutes. Did I mention everything is probably already in your cupboard? Go for it and get your ingredients lined up too so that you can have a delicious supper tonight.
Easy Rotelle Pasta Casserole
- 1 box 12 to 16 ounces, rotelle pasta
- 1 package 12 to 16 ounces, meatless ground beef
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 can 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 8 to 10 ounces grated dairy-free cheese
- Cook the pasta according to directions and then set aside. It is usually about 8 to 10 minutes.
- In a large skillet add coconut oil and heat to medium high heat.
- Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 10 minutes.
- To the skillet add the plant based ground beef. Separate with a wooden spoon and cook a minute or so until it resembles small crumbles.
- Add the remaining ingredients.
- Bring to a boil and then lower heat, cover and cook 15 minutes.
- Turn off the stove top.
- Add the pasta and incorporate it into the sauce.
- Pour everything into a large 9" x 13" casserole and spread out evenly.
- Sprinkle the grated dairy free cheese over the top.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Freeze before baking only. Please follow any of the directions defined in my article How to Freeze Food
TO PREPARE AFTER FREEZING:
Take out of freezer and put in the refrigerator at least 6 to 8 hours before baking (or the day before). Bake, covered at 350° for 20 minutes and then uncover and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until hot and bubbly.