May 052018

When my kids were little I used to make Johnny Marzetti and they loved it. I haven’t made it in years . The other day my son Anthony said he’d like me to make it again, so I did. I used a different recipe, one that calls for baking it. My old recipe didn’t have you bake it.

Johnny Marzzetti
1 lb. elbow macaroni
1 tablespon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green pepper
8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
2 lb. ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
2- 14 oz. cans tomato sauce
1- 14 oz. can dived tomatoes, drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian herbs
Pinch of sugar
2 cups Cheddar cheese
2 cups Italian Blend cheese

Preheat oven to 350°
Bring a large pot of water to boil
Add maccaroni and boil for 7 min. or until almost al dente
Drain pasta and return to the pot, set aside
Heat olive oil in a large skittle over medium heat
Add the onion, bell pepper and saute until soft, about 5 min.
Add the meat and cook unil no longer pink
Drain off fat & season with spices
Simmer for five min., stirring occasionally
Pour the meat in with the noodles, mix well
Add 1 cup of each of the cheese & mix well
Pour mixture into a 13×9 in. casserole dish
Top with remaining cheese
Bake for 30 min. or until cheese is golden brown & melted

Didn’t use the olive oil, green pepper, mushrooms.
Used ground chuck instead of ground beef
Used 1 can of tomato sauce
Used 1 can of diced & 1 can of stewed tomatoes-didn’t drain
Used 1/4 tsp. garlic poweder instead of 2 cloves

I didn’t follow the directions either. I browned the ground chuck with the onions, drained it and added the spices, then added it to the macaroni, added the cheeses, poured it into the dish and topped with remaining cheese.

I thought this was really really good, but my son said he liked my original recipe more. I plan on eating some more tonight and since there’s just me and my son I’ll be freezing the rest for later. Next time I make Johnny Marzetti I’ll cut the recipe in half.



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  30 Responses to “Weekend Cooking: Johnny Marzetti”

  1. Sometimes the simple meals are the best meals. Looks good

  2. Your casserole.looks familiar — those are often-combined ingredients. I think I would also like it better with mushrooms and olive oil. But I never heard the name of it before. Do you know why it has that name?

    best… mae at

  3. I have never heard of this-it looks great. I love these kind of dishes.

  4. I never heard of this either but it does sound good and easy to make.

  5. I’d never heard of that dish before, but it does sound like good comfort food. A sort of Ground beef Mac’n Cheese. I’ve been making too much lately as well. And then too much left-overs to use, which Bob doesn’t really care for, unless I totally disguise them.

    • I add ground beef to mac & cheese sometimes too. I’m not a fan of leftovers either, unless it’s something I really like.

  6. Vicki,

    I’ve never heard of this before! It looks so delicious. I like that you can easily adapt it to your liking. I will print out this recipe. Thank you for posting this. 🙂

    • I’m surprised at how many of you haven’t heard of this. Of course, I grew up in Columbus, Ohio – where it originated.

  7. I see that a lot of us have never heard of this before. Looks yummy. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  8. My husband has fond memories of this dish from his childhood. I haven’t made it in years!

  9. I just clicked the link you posted for Mae. I didn’t know that origin of the recipe but I make a version quite often. Good food!

  10. Ha, ha. Around two houres ago my husband said to me he wants baked pasta for tommorrow dinner. I think I found perfect recipe. Thank you.

  11. Sounds like good comfort food!

  12. I’ve never heard of this but it looks good! The simple nostalgic meals are frequently the best!

  13. I seriously had no idea what you were referring to when you said Johnny Marzetti so I looked it up. In California I guess we just call it hamburger casserole but it’s not quite the same.

    • There are a lot of different versions of it, each one called something else. Have you ever had the hamburger casserole version & did you like it?

  14. Really interesting. My mom made a similar casserole but it was just “hamburger casserole” to us. I liked the link you shared about the name. 😉

  15. My mom used to make Johnny Marzetti growing up too but this recipe looks quite different than this one. I’m going to ask her how she made it when I see her tomorrow.

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