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Simple Baked Beef and Pasta Casserole




 1 package penne pasta

 Water, as needed

 2 pounds ground beef

 ½ tablespoon canola oil

 2 teaspoons garlic powder

 1 teaspoon onion powder

 4 ounces cream cheese

 1 cup shredded cheddar

 ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or chili powder)

 1 teaspoon salt

 ¼ teaspoon black pepper



Cook the pasta following the directions on the package and drain it.

Meanwhile you can cook the meat in the oil in a skillet until cooked through.

Drain off any excess fat.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Turn the heat down on the stove and mix in the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper or chili powder, cream cheese, and half the shredded cheddar.

Combine the pasta with the beef mixture.

Pour this into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

Sprinkle the remaining cheddar on top.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Serve hot.

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