Italian Beef and Cherry Tomato Casserole

Preparation time
45 mins
Cooking time
45 mins
4 people
Meal course
Main Course
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1 Handful
Fresh Herbs
6 Tbs
Grated Parmesan
50 ml
Sweet Red Wine
1 Tbs
Tomato Paste
200 g
Cherry Tomatoes
250 g
3 Tbs
Olive Oil
1 Clove
1 tsp
Dry Basil
1/2 tsp
Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
Red Pepper
1 tsp
250 g
Ground Beef
1 Handful
Fresh Basil
1 Handful Fresh Herbs6 Tbs Grated Parmesan50 ml Sweet Red Wine1 Tbs Tomato Paste200 g Cherry Tomatoes250 g Fussili3 Tbs Olive Oil1 Clove Garlic1 tsp Dry Basil1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper1/2 tsp Salt1 tsp Red Pepper1 tsp Cumin250 g Ground Beef1 Handful Fresh Basil
Italian Beef and Cherry Tomato Casserole

This colorful casserole is loaded with sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes and a variety of fresh herbs. On most local markets and in organic food stores you can find a great variety of cherry tomatoes. I used for this recipe yellow gooseberry, Blondkopfchen, black cherry tomatoes, camp joy and green zebra. The black cherry tomatoes are a bit smokier in taste, the Blondkopfchen have a delightful citrus finish and the yellow gooseberries are irresistibly sweet. You can find out more about different types of cherry tomatoes.

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Although this dish is filling, it is perfect for hot summer days – it is not too heavy but instead full of the freshness that comes from juicy tomatoes and aromatic herbs. The aromatic beef is coated with crunchy Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese which make the perfect finish for this brilliant- simple and luscious casserole.


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  1. Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil on a frying pan. Add garlic, dry basil, cumin and red pepper. Fry for 1 minute until all the spices release their aroma.
  2. Add ground beef and continue frying until the meat turns brown. Add salt and ground black pepper. Set aside.
  3. Cook fusilli in slightly salty water until almost al-dente. Do not over-boil it, because the pasta will be baked later in the oven.
  4. In the meantime prepare the tomato sauce. In a medium saucepan heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Add 1 clove of grated garlic and fry it for 1 minute. Pour the red wine into the saucepan, add the tomato paste and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the tomato pulp and grated Parmesan, and continue cooking for 10 minutes until the cheese melts and the tomato sauce becomes more dense.
  5. Combine the fusilli with the tomato sauce and spread it evenly in a casserole. On top of the pasta spread the minced beef.
  6. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  7. Leave 3-4 tomatoes aside. The rest slice in halves. Shred the Mozzarella into 3cm pieces and chop finely all the herbs. Spread the sliced tomatoes, Mozzarella, herbs and the remaining 3 Tbsp of Parmesan on the beef.
  8. Bake the casserole in the oven for 45 minutes. Afterwards, remove it from the oven and wait for 5 minutes before serving so that the pasta becomes crunchy and so that all the flavours combine.
  9. Garnish the casserole with fresh basil, 3-4 fresh cherry tomatoes and freshly ground black pepper.


  1. Tonya krushinski said on September 22, 2019 Reply

    This was great! I didn’t have red wine or fusilli on hand, so i subbed melted margarine and egg noodles! Everyone loved it! Simple Sunday dinner and all the flavors really shined through.?

    1. admin said on October 27, 2019 Reply

      Great to hear you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Lori said on November 12, 2019 Reply

    I would definitely make this again, but I’d quadruple the sauce.

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