Cream Cheesy Pasta Bake

Summary: Cooking Light calls this “Quick Pastitsio.” I don’t know about that, but it is a really delicious dish.


  • cooking spray
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 8 oz uncooked penne or other short pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 oz low fat cream cheese, cut into chunks
  • 3 oz fat free cream cheese, cut into chunks
  • 3 oz part-skim mozzarella, shredded


  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Heat a large skillet over med-high heat. Coat with cooking spray and add beef to the pan. Sauté until beef is thoroughly browned, stirring to crumble, then drain and remove from pan.
  3. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  4. While pasta cooks, add olive oil to the pan. Add onions and cook for 4 minutes or so. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
  5. Return beef to pan. Sprinkle with salt and flour, stirring frequently. Mix in milk, tomatoes, and cream cheese. Stir until smooth and simmer until all ingredients are heated through. Mix into pasta.
  6. Coat a 13″x9″ baking dish with cooking spray. Spoon pasta into dish and sprinkle mozzarella on top. Broil 4 minutes or until cheese is golden. After removing from oven, allow to cool for a bit so cream cheese sets up.

Preparation time: 17 minute(s)

Cooking time: 40 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6

Calories: 431

Fat: 15.9

Protein: 27.8

5 :  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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