Today, we are running another installment of the Frugal Fabulous Find’s Cooking on a Budget meal idea. This week I found a great and budget friendly recipe from Kraft, Easy Italian Pasta Casserole.

COOKING ON A BUDGET EASY ITALIAN PASTA CASSEROLEWhat I like about this recipe is that it only takes about 20 minutes to make and 20 minutes to bake, has just a few ingredients and can be customized to your family’s likes. This dish also can be frozen and served at a later time. It will work perfectly for your next potluck dinner party.


1 pound extra lean ground beef

3 cups whole wheat penne pasta, cooked

1 jar (24 ounce) spaghetti sauce

1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese, divided in half

1-1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded


Heat your over to 375 degrees. Cook penne pasta and drain. Then brown your ground beef in a large skillet and drain grease. Add your pasta to the skillet, the pasta sauce and half of the Parmesan cheese and mix well. Spoon the mixture into a 13×9-inch baking dish and sprinkle the top with the rest of the cheese. Bake the dish for about 20 minutes or until heated through.
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Kraft says that you can easily add and substitute meats with this dish. If you would like a vegetarian option substitute 2 cups of Boca Burger ground crumbles. You also could use a pound of ground turkey, chicken or Italian sausage. If you would like to add some extra flavor, add a few cloves of garlic and Italian seasoning when you are browning the meat. Also, adding sliced mushrooms, spinach or both, would be a nice touch. This meal serves 6. is a nice site to check out for budget friendly recipes. You have the ability on the site to share recipes on social media, print recipes. email them and even add to a recipe box. The recipes are rated by users and have tons of comments to make your decision ofn a recipe easier. Sign up for the email newsletter and recipe ideas will be delivered straight to your inbox, along with food preparation tips and trends in the food industry.

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