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.
Servings: 12 servings
- 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