This Creamy Baked Pasta Casserole Recipe Is Serious Comfort Food With a Twist by 30Seconds Food

This Creamy Baked Pasta Casserole Recipe Is Serious Comfort Food With a Twist

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 is made with pasta (we suggest penne, rotini or ziti), ground beef or ground turkey, onion, a jar of salsa (mild, medium or hot), 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. 

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

Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 cups pasta (penne, rotini or ziti work well), 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

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a sauté pan 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.

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Oooh, I like unexpected twists like this! 😍
Julie Rose
Easy and delicious.
Elisa Schmitz, 30Seconds
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!

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