I know, I know. Could I have been gone ANY longer? It feels so crazy to not have posted in over a month. I’m so sorry! I have some more fun stuff coming up, so hopefully I can redeem myself :) I know I’ve never really discussed my obsession with BBQ on this blog, but I can assure you that I join several other Southerners in the “I could just eat BBQ sauce only” club. I love it on everything! Thankfully, my cooking interest has led me to understand that their are flavors outside of BBQ sauce. Nonetheless, this recipe was calling my name when I opened up this cookbook. The sous chef and I really enjoyed this recipe! There were no leftovers :) I also substituted ground turkey for ground beef for a healthier option. Oh….and I may have increased the amount of BBQ sauce that the recipe called for ;)
Betty Crocker Cheesy Barbecue Casserole
3 cups uncooked ziti pasta (11 oz)
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup milk
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
Stir pasta, 3 tablespoons of the parsley, the milk, barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese into beef in skillet. Spoon mixture into casserole. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese.
Bake uncovered 30 to 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon parsley.