Veggie, Beef and Pasta Bake

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Here’s a terrific recipe that makes a complete meal, with something from all 4 food groups! The pasta does not require any pre-cooking so you save preparation and clean-up time.


Cooking MethodBaking, Sauteeing



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Recipe CourseMain Course

Dietary ConsiderationPeanut Free, Tree Nut Free

EquipmentBaking/gratin Dish


MoodStressed, Tired

Taste and TextureCheesy, Meaty, Savory, Umami

Type of DishCasserole


  • 1 pound (500 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sliced onions
  • 1 cup (250 ml) diced zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) minced garlic
  • 1 can (28 oz [796 ml]) stewed or diced tomatoes, with juice 
  • 2 tablespoons (25 ml) sodium reduced soya sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups (500 ml) rotini (or other spiral pasta) 
  • 1 1/2 cup (375 ml) shredded Cheddar cheese 
  • 13- by 9-inch (3 L) baking dish, greased


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)

  2. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, combine ground beef, onions, zucchini and garlic; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are softened. Drain fat; pour beef mixture into baking dish. Set aside.

  3. Meanwhile, drain juice from tomatoes into an 8 cup (2 L) microwave safe measuring cup; add water to make 2 cups (500 ml). Roughly chop tomatoes; add to measuring cup. Stir in soya sauce and red pepper flakes. Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until very hot. Stir in rotini.

  4. Pour tomato pasta mixture into baking dish and combine with meat mixture. Press pasta down to make sure it is submerged in the liquid. Bake in preheated oven, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove cover; stir gently and sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until pasta is tender.

  5. To freeze: Wrap well in plastic wrap, then foil. Freeze for up to 3 months.

  6. To serve: Thaw in microwave or in refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Unwrap and bake, uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes or until bubbly.

  7. From Dietitians of Canada: Great Food Fast


If you are concerned about sodium, use light soy sauce instead of the regular variety. One tbsp (15 ml) regular soya sauce contains 1037 mg sodium; the same amount of sodium reduced or light soya sauce contains only 605 mg.

Freezer Tip

This quick family meal is even faster to make when you have tomatoes and zucchini handy in the freezer. Vegetables will freeze well for up to 1 year.


Free recipes, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!


I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!


Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.

Sign In to Your Account

Close Window
Sign In with one of your Social Accounts
Facebook Twitter
Sign In using Email and Password