Stovetop Beef & Penne Casserole

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 12 servings (two 6-serving meals)


Lean ground beef and pasta, plus the surprising addition of pumpkin and evaporated milk, make this hearty Stovetop Beef & Penne Casserole dish both nutritious and delicious.

This recipe is already doubled. Just serve your family half and freeze the rest.


  • 2 cups (8 oz.) dry penne pasta (or small pasta of your choice)
  • 2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (12 fl. oz. each) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed


COOK pasta in large saucepan for 1 to 2 minutes less than package directions (pasta should be slightly firm in texture); drain.

COOK beef and onion in large saucepan over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink; drain. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in evaporated milk, pumpkin, tomato sauce, sugar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to simmer. Add pasta and peas; stir until heated.

• Freeze half the casserole for another meal. Thaw in refrigerator and reheat in microwave or on stovetop.
• Using pumpkin and evaporated milk not only adds depth of flavor, but also sneaks in extra nutrition to the casserole.

Delicious, Easy, and the Kids Love It!!

by S. Samantha , STATEN ISLAND, NY on Jul. 2011

This is an amazing meal. My two children are quite picky and I was nervous on the pumpkin part. But... it turned out they all loved it, even my husband!! Everyone was shocked when I told them what was in it. My kids didnt like the pumpkin part, but they finished the whole meal!!!! This was one of the healthiest and best meals Ive ever made!! I will definetly make this meal many times again!!!

Good Either Way

by C. Clinton , Fort Myers, FL on Dec. 2008

I didn't read all of the 83 reviews for this recipe. So I tried it with ground turkey one meal and ground beef the next time I made it. It was very good either way. And used whole wheat pasta also.

Penne Casserole

by A. Adrienne , Valparaiso, IN on Sep. 2008

Excellent, easy and plenty to eat for all! It seemed to take a little longer than expected but worth the wait. Also good reheated.

Penne Casserole

by E. Eunice , Brooklyn, NY on Jul. 2008

Everybody in my family enjoyed this recipe. I added some spices to it to make it my own. It was really easy to make.

Not a hit at my house.

by L. Lisa , KANSAS CITY, MO on Apr. 2008

My husband and 3 year old hated it. Husband ate it but son actually gagged, even though he did not know about the pumpkin. I thought it would be just the thing since they both love beefy noodly stuff. I thought it was just okay, could definitely taste the pumpkin. Maybe less pumpkin, more seasonings to add some flavor.

Pumpkin, are you kidding me?

by K. KIm , Granite City, IL on Mar. 2008

Were the first words out of my husbands mouth after devouring this meal. Now I can not wait to try it as a twist on my roasted pork, peppers & penne recipe. They should have rated this recipe amazingly easy though as I have found some 30 minute recipes tried in the past to take sometimes as long as 45 minutes, but this one is true to form!! I would have frozen half, but my son & daughter in law stopped by, and were more than happy to finish the rest:)They were also amazed by the flavor the pumpkin gives to this meal, and as suprized as my husband when I told them. Would have never thought of it myself, and I am considered the great experimentor!

Pumpkin Penne

by R. Rosemary , THE WOODLANDS, TX on Mar. 2008

This sounded a little strange to make, with the pumpkin, but it is so nutritious. Don't even need all that ground beef. Try it!!

Good enuf to eat twice

by F. Felicia , BERNARDSVILLE, NJ on Mar. 2008

This is a good meal and I love that it makes double to pull out of the freezer on a busy day!

Easy Casseroles

by M. Mary , FACTORYVILLE, PA on Mar. 2008

Fast & easy, & delicious too!


by K. KRIS , BANGOR, WI on Mar. 2008

Easy and very tasty!!