This is a great comfort food recipe that I love to make on a cold winter day. It is also a hit at our church's potluck dinners.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and garlic in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

  • Stir tomatoes, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper into ground beef mixture; reduce heat and simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook corn in the boiling water until cooked through, about 5 minutes; drain.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.

  • Mix corn, pasta, and Colby-Jack cheese into ground beef mixture; pour into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until heated through and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

513 calories; protein 25.1g 50% DV; carbohydrates 63.6g 21% DV; fat 18.8g 29% DV; cholesterol 59.3mg 20% DV; sodium 675.4mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2018
How can you make all those changes to the recipe and then rate it 3 stars? You didn't even make the featured recipe!! If you used Manwich, you did not make this recipe. I am happy to hear how you tweaked it the second time around, but no one wants to hear you complain that something did not turn out when you don't follow the recipe., Thank you to Nick for the laugh! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2015
OK, love the idea ... too sweet for me, kids asked for seconds. I'd leave out sugar and maybe just tomato paste and adjust the sweetness with the sugar if needed. I tried to balance with vinegar and then worcestershire sauce after the fact. It mostly worked. I only had a green pepper so used carrots & celery, diced very small, which worked well. I didn't add corn because it was already to sweet. Also used whole wheat penne which nobody complained about. So, all in all a solid kid-friendly meal, but tweak the recipe if you don't like your dinner too sweet. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2018
How can you make all those changes to the recipe and then rate it 3 stars? You didn't even make the featured recipe!! If you used Manwich, you did not make this recipe. I am happy to hear how you tweaked it the second time around, but no one wants to hear you complain that something did not turn out when you don't follow the recipe., Thank you to Nick for the laugh! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2018
This was awesome I left out the ground beef, onion and bell peppers, also I substituted a flatbread for the pasta and mozzarella cheese for the cheddar. I also added pepperoni and anchovies to my piz...casserole Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2018
It befuddles me why people brown the ground beef with onions, peppers etc. etc., then pours off the grease!! You are pouring off FLAVOR. Brown the beef - then add the others after pouring off the the grease. Otherwise a good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2015
My kids liked it..but I used canned sloppy joe and simmered the corn tomatoes sloppy joe and browned meat all together with some spices then just mixed n the cooked noodles added cheese to the top.less steps than the recipe Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2015
OK, love the idea ... too sweet for me, kids asked for seconds. I'd leave out sugar and maybe just tomato paste and adjust the sweetness with the sugar if needed. I tried to balance with vinegar and then worcestershire sauce after the fact. It mostly worked. I only had a green pepper so used carrots & celery, diced very small, which worked well. I didn't add corn because it was already to sweet. Also used whole wheat penne which nobody complained about. So, all in all a solid kid-friendly meal, but tweak the recipe if you don't like your dinner too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2016
My husband loved it and told me not to lose the recipe. I used Ro-Tel diced tomatoes with green chilis and replaced the ketchup with a can of tomato soup + 1/2 can water. For the peppers, I used some hot peppers we had grown in our garden and frozen. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2017
This dish was awesome and I made no changes. Everyone enjoyed eating and gave the dish a “thumbs up.” I will definitely be making this recipe again and again. Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2015
It was so easy to make and everyone loved it. :) The only thing I did different was taking out the bell peppers and brown sugar. I added everythig else and it came out really good. Oh and I add more cheese when it came out of the oven. :) Well I hope everyone enjoys this simple but tasty dish. :D Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2014
We enjoyed this. I did use elbow macaroni and added some worcestershire sauce to the tomato mixture. I also used a bit more brown sugar than called for. I used a blend of cheddar cheeses. Turned out like an old-fashioned casserole, stretching 1 lb of hamburger to feed 6 or 8 with a nice serving. Read More
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