Johnny Marzetti Casserole

Posted: October 8

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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The prized dish of Columbus, Ohio makes its nostalgic and triumphant return! Johnny Marzetti Casserole has been a favorite for over 100 years and for good reason: the beef is juicy, the noodles are tender, and the cheddar cheese is sharp and melty. It’s a savory and spectacular main course perfect for serving alongside garlic bread. This is an unforgettable family dinner.


• 1 1/2 pounds ground beef • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste • 1 (1.31 ounce) package sloppy joe seasoning mix • 1 1/4 cups water • 1 (15.25 ounce) can corn, drained • 4 cups elbow macaroni, cooked to just shy of al dente (2-3 minutes less than recommended according to package directions) • 1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, optional, drained and sliced • 1 (8 ounce) package cheddar cheese, shredded and divided


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

Step 3

In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 4

Drain the fat from the skillet.

Step 5

Stir in the tomato paste, seasoning mix, and water, heating and stirring until fully combined.

Step 6

Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking pan.

Step 7

Mix in the corn, macaroni, mushrooms, and 1 cup of the cheese.

Step 8

Bake for 45 minutes, uncovered.

Step 9

Sprinkle the casserole with the remaining cheese.

Step 10

Bake until the cheese is fully melted, about 10 minutes.

Step 11


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