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Easy Weeknight: Classic Ground Beef Casserole

Comforting casseroles are perfect for winter weeknights, and this one is super simple. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. While it is heating, warm a skillet and 1T olive oil. Saute 1/2 of a chopped onion and 1 lb of ground beef for 10 minutes, then add 1-2 cloves of minced garlic to. While that is cooking, put on a pan of water to boil for the pasta. If you are using a fresh Valicenti pasta, it only needs to be in the boiling water for 1 minute before being added to the a 9x13 baking pan. A dried pasta should be cooked to about 2 minutes less than its normal cooking time. Add 1 jar of 1000 Stone Farm's tomato sauce to the beef mixture, warm though, and season to taste. Pour the beef mixture on top of the pasta, and add one cup of gated cheddar. Mix. Top with another half cup (or more) of grated cheddar and bake for ten minutes, uncovered.