Quick and Easy Baked Beans and Cheese Casserole Recipe
- medium pan (for pasta)
- small pan with lid (for onion and baked beans)
- collander (to drain water from pasta)
- mixing spoon (to stir the pasta and the beans)
- can opener (to open the can of beans)
- casserole dish
- serving spoon
- oven mitt (so you don't burn your hands taking the food out)
- Oven and stove, or microwave if you prefer
Another Meal for my Cookbook!
Last night I made this for dinner. It only uses a few ingredients, and it is quickest to make if you cook the pasta at the same time as you sauté´ the onions. Since the ingredients are all cooked separately, the completed casserole only needs to be in the oven for 12 minutes or so.
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Tip for Cooking Pasta:
To reduce stickiness, you may add either 1 teaspoon cooking oil, or else 1-2 teaspoons of salt to the pan of water.
- 3 cups Ziti pasta
- 1 medium onion
- 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
- 1 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
I made "Beer Bread" to go with this, thanks to SmartAndFun:
- Beer Bread Recipe - Quick, Easy and Delicious!
Think baking homemade bread is difficult and time consuming? With beer bread it's not! Simply combine four easy ingredients and pop in the oven. Recipe variations included.
- Fill a medium pan with about 3 quarts of water, and bring to a rapid boil
- Add pasta to the pan, stir, and return to a rapid boil
- Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally (It usually takes 8-10 minutes)
- While pasta is cooking, saute onion in small amount of cooking oil. Once it is cooked, add a can of baked beans, and simmer on medium/high for 2 or 3 minutes until heated through
- Once pasta is cooked, drain
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- In casserole dish, layer half of pasta on bottom. Add half of baked bean and onion mixture over it, and the remaining pasta on top of that. Pour the rest of the baked bean mix over it, and pop in the oven for about 10 minutes
- Pull the dish out, add the shredded cheese on top, and put back in the oven for 2 or 3 more minutes, until the cheese has melted
The nutrition information below is based on using ziti rigati pasta, 1 medium yellow onion, a 16 oz can of baked beans, and 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese. It does not include any cooking oil or salt you may use. Any variation will alter the nutritional value. Also, even though I took care to figure it all out, the amounts may not be exact, so keep that in mind.
|Serving size: 1 cup|
|Calories from Fat||135|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 15 g||23%|
|Saturated fat 9 g||45%|
|Carbohydrates 72 g||24%|
|Sugar 12 g|
|Fiber 9 g||36%|
|Protein 22 g||44%|
|Cholesterol 42 mg||14%|
|Sodium 612 mg||26%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
- Any kind of pasta can be used
- Any kind of cheese can be used
- I used traditional baked beans, flavored with molasses, onion and garlic, but any kind of baked beans can be served. You can even make your own! It will take longer than using the convenient can, but there's a link at the bottom with a very good version of homemade baked beans.
- Parmesan cheese can also be added, in addition to other cheese
- Season to taste. There are many different kinds of herbs and spices that taste wonderful in a meal like this
- If you prefer a thicker casserole, add another step: Once the onion is sauteed, add 1-1 1/2 cups of milk and 2 Tablespoons of flour, and cook until thickened. Add in some extra cheese, and set aside to layer in the casserole once that step arrives. In that case, heat baked beans separately (unless you want to thicken the bean mixture).
For a homemade (mouth-watering) baked beans recipe, check this out!
- Easy Homemade Baked Beans | Vegan Baked Beans Recipe | Pickles & Honey
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