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Johnny Marzetti Casserole

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Johnny Marzetti Casserole is a delicious ground beef casserole that combines Penne pasta, ground beef, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, and cheese to create a hearty dish that the whole family will get excited to eat. 

Johnny Marzetti Casserole

If you have ever been to Ohio you are no stranger to Johnny Marzetti Casserole. I remember visiting a friend for the first time a year or two ago and this is the dish she served my first night! I absolutely fell in love with this dish. It was hearty, comforting, and full of so much flavor. I also fell in love with the story of how it was created right in Columbus, Ohio. Since then I have been hooked and I know you will too as it elevates the traditional spaghetti into the most perfect baked pasta dish that everyone loves. 

Johnny Marzetti Casserole

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What is Johnny Marzetti Casserole?

The Johnny Marzetti Casserole was originally created in Columbus, Ohio by an Italian immigrant named Teresa Marzetti. It was in that restaurant where this baked pasta dish was created and named after her brother-in-law, Johnny Marzetti. This is one of the most popular dishes throughout the Midwest and continues to grow in popularity throughout the country. 

Johnny Marzetti Casserole

How to Make Johnny Marzetti Casserole

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Do not overcook as the pasta will continue cooking in the oven. Drain well.
  • In a large (12 inch) skillet or dutch oven, brown the ground beef with the onions and bell peppers, crumbling the beef as it cooks, until the meat is no longer pink. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms are softened. Drain well and then return the mixture to the skillet.
  • To the meat and vegetables, add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • In the pasta pot, combine the meat sauce with the pasta. Stir in half of the cheese. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.
Johnny Marzetti Casserole
  • Bake the casserole for 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and top with the remaining cheese. Continue baking for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Johnny Marzetti Casserole

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • You can easily use a different pasta if you prefer. Try using elbow macaroni, rotini pasta, or an egg noodle. 
  • If you prefer to use a lighter protein, ground turkey is a great option. 
  • You can easily double the recipe. Make one for tonight and one to freeze. 
Johnny Marzetti Casserole

Storage

Store your leftovers covered, or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Johnny Marzetti Casserole

Can you make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, this is the perfect dish to make in the morning and bake that night! Once you prepare Johnny Marzetti Casserole you will want to cover it and store in the fridge. When you are ready to bake, pull it out of the fridge when you go to preheat the oven and then bake as directed once your oven has preheated. 

You can also freeze it to enjoy later. 

Can you freeze Johnny Marzetti Casserole?

This ground beef casserole freezes and reheats great! I love doubling the recipe and freezing one. 

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To freeze you will want to follow the recipe according to the directions. Prior to baking, you will want to let it cool and then cover it with aluminum foil. Freeze this dish in the pan for up to 2 months. When you are ready to enjoy, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake it in the oven. Note that since it will be cold, it will take a little bit longer to bake. 

Johnny Marzetti Casserole

Johnny Marzetti Casserole

Johnny Marzetti Casserole is a delicious ground beef casserole that combines Penne pasta, ground beef, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, and cheese to create a hearty dish that the whole family will get excited to eat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry penne pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 pound white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (15 ounces) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper, as desired
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Do not overcook as the pasta will continue cooking in the oven. Drain well.
  3. In a large (12 inch) skillet or dutch oven, brown the ground beef with the onions and bell peppers, crumbling the beef as it cooks, until the meat is no longer pink. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms are softened. Drain well and then return the mixture to the skillet.
  4. To the meat and vegetables, add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. In the pasta pot, combine the meat sauce with the pasta. Stir in half of the cheese. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and top with the remaining cheese. Continue baking for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 561Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 772mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 40g

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