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Wicked Beef
Wicked Beef
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Wicked Beef is a wickedly good ground beef casserole that's perfect for a weeknight dinner. This zesty beef and noodle bake gets a kick from diced tomatoes, chilies, and red pepper flakes. With creamy Alfredo sauce as a base, this is so indulgent that you'll start to feel a little wicked yourself. While this may be hard to resist going back for that second helping, it's not hard to make! Serve this with breadsticks and a salad for a complete meal.

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can easily make it with the ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Almost everyone has pasta and a jar of Alfredo sauce lying around! You can subtitute whatever pasta you have on hand and you can even use chicken or pork instead of beef to make this easy casserole recipe. The options are endless with this simple pasta bake.

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13 inch baking dish or Dutch oven

Ingredients

  • 1 bag egg noodles
  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 can diced tomatoes and chilies (use more, if desired)
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare pasta according to package directions.

  2. While pasta is cooking, heat a skillet to medium-high heat. Brown ground beef. Add salt and garlic powder. Drain and set aside.

  3. Drain pasta and place in bottom of 9 x 13 inch baking dish or Dutch oven. Layer ground beef on top of pasta.

  4. Empty contents of Alfredo sauce into a mixing bowl. Fold in diced tomatoes and chilies.

  5. Pour sauce mixture into baking dish and gently mix together until pasta and beef are thoroughly coated with sauce. Stir in red pepper flakes to taste.

  6. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes.

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Quick pasta recipes are always something I'm looking for. This sounds like a great one to try. I have a feeling I'd be tempted to use more than the can of diced tomatoes and chilies that the recipe calls to use. For me, the hotter, the better. There are a number of alfredo sauce variations that I've tried, and this is a good way to revisit some of them.

"One bag" of noodles. What size bag? 6 ounces, 12 ounces, 16 ounces, 32 ounces?

This was a great dish for an easy dinner that everyone in the family will like! The beef gets incredibly flavorful from the spices and pairs perfectly with the noodles.

I didn't expect to like this dish as much as I did. I went back for seconds almost immediately! The spice from the tomatoes was a nice touch.

Wow! I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this casserole. It would taste great made with chicken, or even vegetarian-style with bell peppers and onions.

I was skeptical about ground beef and Alfredo sauce together, but I actually really liked it. I even went back for seconds!

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