Recipe By Lisa
Published Oct 7th
Prep 10m Cook 35m Additional 5m Ready In 50m
Servings 6 servings Calories 408.8

I came up with this on the fly when I did not want to take the time for full-blown lasagna. My kids are all picky eaters and all asked for seconds! Measurements for spices and herbs are approximate. I do not measure when I cook.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ½ (16 ounce) package cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6 ounce) container crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. 2 Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook cavatappi in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 to 9 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large casserole dish.
  3. 3 Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, feta cheese, black pepper, onion salt, garlic powder, basil, oregano, parsley, and thyme into ground beef. Simmer until flavors blend, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour ground beef mixture over cavatappi.
  4. 4 Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 408.8
  • Carbohydrate 37.2 g
  • Cholesterol 71.7 mg
  • Fat 18.7 g
  • Fiber 3.5 g
  • Protein 23.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 9 g
  • Sodium 1280.4 mg
  • Sugar 6.8 g


  1. This recipe sounded soo good still does. However 2 ingredients over powered this dish to where it should have been 5 star rating. I questioned myself first and then should have listened and gone with my instinct but there is way to much black pepper and dried thyme in the recipe. And it's all we - Read more ...
  2. I think I may just have to try this recipe out as there are days when I really want a lasagna but can't be asked to spend ages preparing it. A recipe which I did use last was this Beef & Bacon lasagna from Great British Chefs which turned out pretty well but does take - Read more ...
  3. Super simple recipe; exactly what I was looking for. The flavor wasn't out of this world and it had a bit too much pepper for my taste but it was a healthier version of a typical boxed dinner. I will be making this again just cutting the pepper to 1tsp.
  4. This is one of my go-to recipes on busy nights when I don't have time to make a traditional lasagna. This works just as well with ground turkey/chicken/sausage and I use mozzerella instead of feta. This is an excellent substitute for families who love Hamburger Helper but want to think "outside the box". I like - Read more ...

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