Creamy Pasta Casserole Recipe (A Secret Ingredient Shakes Things Up) by 30Seconds Food

Creamy Pasta Casserole Recipe (A Secret Ingredient Shakes Things Up)

Pasta casseroles always trend on 30Seconds. Why? Because they're easy, filling, budget-friendly and everyone loves them. This creamy baked pasta casserole recipe shakes things up by using salsa instead of tomato sauce and cream cheese to make it irresistible. A delicious twist, right?

The creamy casserole recipe is made with pasta (we suggest penne, rotini or ziti), ground beef or ground turkey, onion, a jar of salsa (the secret ingredient), cream cheese (enter the creaminess factor), beef broth, mozzarella cheese and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The casserole is baked in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. Dinner is done.

Serve this easy ground beef (or ground turkey!) pasta recipe with a salad and garlic bread for a hearty, comforting dinner any day of the week.

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Cuisine: Italian/American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 4 cups pasta, cooked according to package directions for al dente
  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) salsa
  • 1 box (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

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Recipe Notes

  • Use mild, medium or hot salsa to fit your favorite level of spiciness. You could even add more flavor with fire-roasted salsa. 
  • Use whatever short pasta you like for this casserole recipe. Penne, rotini or ziti work well.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet until meat is cooked through, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add the salsa, beef stock and cream cheese. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring, until cheese melts and is thoroughly incorporated into the meat. 
  3. Add the cooked pasta and stir to combine. Pour into a greased 13x9-inch baking pan. Top with the cheeses. 
  4. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 716

Total Fat: 22.1g

Saturated Fat: 10.9g

Cholesterol: 67mg

Sodium: 1194mg

Total Carbohydrate: 93.2g

Dietary Fiber: 11.2g

Total Sugars: 4.8g

Protein: 36.6g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 180mg

Iron: 14mg

Potassium: 684mg

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Oooh, I like unexpected twists like this! 😍
Julie Rose
Easy and delicious.
Elisa Schmitz
This sounds really good. Excited to try it! #yum
Ooooo! ANYTHING salsa is a winner, including straight out of the bottle! 🤗 Think I'm going to love this one!
Is the 4 cups of pasta measured before it is cooked or after?
Donna John
Four cups uncooked pasta.
Loved this casserole. Made as exactly as recipe written. It's a keeper.
Elisa Schmitz
How wonderful, 25SeaMonkey ! We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for the kind feedback!

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