Bacon and Beef Pasta Casserole

Bacon and Beef Pasta Casserole – perfect comfort food! The entire family was blown away by this easy casserole. Spaghetti, crispy bacon, ground beef, onion, red pepper, creamy alfredo sauce, parsley, and parmesan cheese. This was out of this world delicious! Tasted like carbonara. This delicious pasta has quickly earned a spot in our dinner rotation!

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Beef and Bacon Alfredo Pasta Casserole

Stop what you are doing and add this Bacon and Beef Pasta Casserole to your menu. OMG! This casserole is CRAZY good! Ground beef, crispy bacon, and pasta baked in a creamy sauce. We ate this last night for dinner and absolutely LOVED it. It reminded us of our favorite pasta carbonara recipe. I could eat this every single week! YUM! All you need is some garlic bread and a salad and you are set! Give this a try the next time you need a meal the whole family will enjoy!

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How to Make Bacon and Beef Pasta Casserole

This casserole is easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in boiling water according to package instructions for al dente pasta. Drain pasta and set aside.

While pasta is cooking, cook bacon and ground beef. In a large skillet, cook bacon slices over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon from the skillet and drain on a paper towel. Discard excess grease. Add ground beef to the skillet and cook over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Remove cooked meat from the skillet.

In a large bowl, combine cooked ground beef, chopped bacon, hot pasta, onion, red pepper flakes, alfredo sauce, and dried parsley. Transfer pasta mixture to a 9×13-inch baking dish and bake in a preheated oven until golden brown.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute ground turkey or shredded chicken for ground beef.
  • Feel free to use precooked bacon or turkey bacon in this easy weeknight dinner.
  • I use parmesan cheese in this casserole. This is equally delicious with mozzarella cheese.
  • My favorite store-bought Alfredo sauce is Rao’s Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce.
    • If you use traditional Alfredo sauce, add some garlic powder to the casserole.
  • I use spaghetti for the pasta in the casserole. Feel free to substitute your favorite type of pasta. Penne pasta or fettuccine work great.
  • What can I add to Alfredo Pasta Casserole? Red peppers, bell pepper, fresh onion, spinach, and broccoli are all delicious.
  • Can Bacon & Beef Pasta Casserole be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the casserole and refrigerate it until ready to bake the next day. Perfect for a busy day!
    • You may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time if baking cold straight from the oven.
  • Can Bacon & Beef Pasta Casserole be frozen? Yes! Assemble the casserole and cool completely. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze. When ready to bake, thaw and bake as directed.
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What to Serve with Carbonara Pasta

This cheesy alfredo casserole has quickly become a family favorite. This is the perfect meal for busy weeknights or even holiday dinner parties. We usually serve this with a green salad and some garlic bread. It is equally delicious with some asparagus or broccoli. Give this a try the next time you need a quick dinner the whole family will enjoy.

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Bacon and Beef Pasta Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Bacon and Beef Pasta Casserole – perfect comfort food! The entire family was blown away by this easy casserole. Spaghetti, crispy bacon, ground beef, onion, red pepper, creamy alfredo sauce, parsley, and parmesan cheese. This was out of this world delicious! Tasted like carbonara. This delicious pasta has quickly earned a spot in our dinner rotation!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp dried onion flakes
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (15-oz) jars Roasted Garlic Alfredo sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375º F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to large bowl.
  • In a skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain.
  • Cook bacon in a skillet until crispy. Drain on paper towels and chop.
  • Stir in bacon pieces, onion flakes, red pepper flakes, Alfredo sauce and parsley.
  • Pour sauce over cooked spaghetti and toss to combine.
  • Transfer pasta to prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown on top.

Steph

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  1. This looks like the perfect meal! I love that it's freezable and I'm all about making things ahead so I can just pop it in the oven when I get home!

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