Johnny Marzetti Casserole Recipe
Johnny Marzetti casserole is a classic American pasta dish that originated in the Midwest. It is a baked casserole that typically includes ground beef, pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese.
The exact origin of the name "Johnny Marzetti" is unclear, but it is believed to have been named after a restaurant owner who created the dish in the early 20th century.
The casserole typically includes elbow macaroni or another type of pasta, ground beef, tomato sauce, onions, garlic, and cheese. Some variations may also include mushrooms, green peppers, or other vegetables.
The dish is usually baked in a casserole dish in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. It is a hearty and filling meal that is popular for its comforting flavors and simplicity.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Cook the elbow macaroni according to the directions on the package or until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until it's browned. Drain off any excess fat.
- Add the onion, green bell pepper, and garlic to the skillet with the beef. Cook the vegetables untill they are softened (for about 5 minutes).
- Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir and bring to a simmer.
- Add the cooked elbow macaroni to the skillet with the sauce and stir to combine.
- Add mixture to a 9 by 13' baking casserole dish. Top with the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes in the oven (until cheese is melted).
- Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Enjoy your delicious and hearty Johnny Marzetti Casserole!