This easy Johnny Marzetti casserole is a traditional Ohio recipe that is a great make-ahead casserole for potlucks because it serves a crowd! This ground beef and sausage casserole is full of noodles, cheese and Italian flavor.
Course: Main Dish
Author: Julie Clark
1/2poundmild Italian sausage
1/4cupchopped green pepper
1/4teaspoondried red pepper flakes
14.4ouncesdiced tomatoes(with juice)
23ouncestomato sauce(1 15 ounce can and 1 8 ounce can)
Cook the macaroni according to package directions until it is al dente (about 6-8 minutes).
Drain the pasta and run cold water over it. Set aside.
Brown the ground beef and sausage in a skillet over medium heat until it is completely browned and crumbly. Drain off any fat.
Add the onion, pepper, garlic, oregano, worcestershire sauce, sugar, pepper flakes and garlic salt. Cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes to soften the vegetables.
Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir well.
Spray a large casserole dish (9x13 size or slightly larger) with cooking spray.
Spread the pasta over the bottom of the prepared pan.
Sprinkle the Italian cheese blend over the pasta.
Spread the meat sauce over the pasta and cheese.
Cover the pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Remove the foil, sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the casserole and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, uncovered, until the cheese is melted.
The calories shown are based on the recipe making 15 servings, with 1 serving about 3/4 cup to 1 cup of casserole. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.