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Ground Beef Spiral Bake

We got this recipe from a restaurant cook who lived in the duplex beside my mother-in-law. It was one of his favorites. It’s easy to make, tastes fantastic and freezes well. Both my mother-in-law and her neighbor are gone now, but this recipe always brings back happy memories! —Monika Rahn, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 casseroles (8 servings each)


  • 1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 jars (26 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, basil and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes.
  • Stir pasta into meat mixture. Transfer to 2 greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle each with 2 cups cheese. Cover and freeze 2 casserole for up to 3 months.
  • Bake the remaining casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
  • To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 359 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 627mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • germanycook
    Feb 5, 2015

    Good and easy, but really nothing amazing.

  • Kyrgyz_girl
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  • sjmdam
    Feb 24, 2014

    We loved this one pretty easy to make! I love having the 2nd one. When I make this I plan a visit to my oldest daughters and give it to her to bake her family they love it too!

  • jessicajoyce
    Jan 17, 2013

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    Jan 13, 2013

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    Oct 29, 2012

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  • ohyeah40
    Oct 16, 2012

    oops i forgot to say i added a small can of mushrooms too. yummy!

  • ohyeah40
    Oct 16, 2012

    I love this recipe. I didnt make two. I tweeked it though, I added a tablespoon of italian seasoning, garlic salt, a cup-cup 1/2 of water half a box of spirals. i used a 32 oz Classico spagetti sauce fire roasted i think. next time i'll use rotelle instead of rotini. but we loved it. this is a every other week meal from now on. i took a pic and i wish i could post it.

  • Petal17
    Dec 31, 2011

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  • E.Green
    Oct 7, 2011

    Awesome dish!! Everyone in the family loved it, and the kids don't even like italian. I will definitely make this again.