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A white plate filled with Johnny Marzetti casserole with a sprinkle of parsley on top.
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Classic Johnny Marzetti

This Classic Johnny Marzetti Casserole is a delicious, casserole that's perfect for a busy weeknight. Your entire family will love this hearty comfort food.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: casserole, Main Course Meat
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 502kcal


  • 1 lb macaroni pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 8 ounces mushrooms white or brown
  • 2 lbs ground beef or swap 1 pound for Italian sausage
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 28 ounces tomato sauce 2 cans (14oz)
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes 1 can
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon mixed Italian seasonings
  • Pinch sugar only if the tomatoes are too acidic
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese divided
  • 2 cups Italian blend cheese divided


  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil for the macaroni. Cook the macaroni molto al dente which is on the firmer side. About 7 minutes.
    It will continue to cook in the casserole.
    Drain the pasta and return it to the pot and set aside.
  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat.
    Add the onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms to the skillet and saute until softened, about five minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until no pink remains. Drain the fat off the meat mixture, then season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, garlic, oregano, Italian herbs, and sugar to the beef mixture. allow it to simmer for five minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
  • Carefully pour the beef mixture into the pot with the noodles and stir to combine.
    Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese and 1 cup of Italian blend cheese to the mix. Stir.
  • Pour the mixture into a 9 X 13 inch casserole dish. Top with the remaining 2 cups of cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and melted.
  • Top with parsley for serving.


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1529mg | Potassium: 645mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 556IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 4mg