Cheesy, tomatoey, beefy... this easy spiral pasta recipe is satisfying and delicious. It's quick to put together and makes two pans - one for dinner and one for the freezer.
Cheesy Spiral Pasta is a great recipe to prepare when you buy bulk ground beef. You can brown your beef, use 2 lbs. for the Cheesy Spiral Pasta and freeze the rest in 1 lb. portions.
You can heat the beef mixture while the pasta is cooking and have both ready in about 15 minutes. Baking will take 30-40 minutes, which means you can have dinner on the table in less than an hour.
What you need to make this spiral pasta recipe
- spiral pasta
- cooked ground beef
- marinara sauce
- condensed cheddar cheese soup
- black pepper
- Italian seasoning
- shredded mozzarella cheese
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make Cheesy Spiral Pasta
Cook pasta spirals in a large pot of salted water according to package directions, slightly undercooking. Drain and rinse; return to pan. Add cooked ground beef, marinara sauce, cheddar cheese soup, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
Cook over low heat, stirring regularly, until well mixed. Remove from heat and add mozzarella cheese
Stir in shredded mozzarella cheese.
Pour the mixture into a baking pan prepared with non-stick spray.
Bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.
Serve immediately and enjoy.
This spiral pasta recipe with cheese freezes well. Typically I make a 9x12 inch pan for dinner and an extra 8x8 inch pan for the freezer from one batch. If you have a smaller family and prefer to cook in smaller batches, you can probably get 3- 8x8 inch pans out of this recipe instead.
Wrap the pan(s) for the freezer (or place in a freezer-safe airtight container) and label as "Cheesy Spiral Pasta: Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until heated through."
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Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until heated through.
What should I serve with Cheesy Spiral Pasta?
This hearty casserole goes will with a green salad and Italian dressing.
What is spiral pasta called?
The most common spiral pastas are rotini (often available in a tri-color variety) and fusilli, but they are sometimes simply called "spirals." I use rotini for this spiral pasta recipe, but you can substitute other varieties.
Cheesy Spiral Pasta
- 16 ounces pasta spirals
- 2 pounds cooked ground beef
- 28 ounces marinara sauce
- 10.5 ounces condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- non-stick cooking spray
- aluminum foil, to wrap for freezer
- Cook 16 ounces pasta spirals according to package instructions, slightly undercooking. Drain and rinse; return to pan.
- Add 2 pounds cooked ground beef, 28 ounces marinara sauce, 10.5 ounces condensed cheddar cheese soup, 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning. Cook over low heat, stirring regularly, until well mixed.
- Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Spray 1- 9"x12" pan and 1- 8"x8" freezer-safe pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour mixture into pans.
- Bake the larger pan at 350°F for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.
- Wrap the smaller pan with aluminum foil for the freezer and label as "Cheese Spirals: Thaw. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until heated through."