An easy school version of Johnny Marzetti. To freeze, don't add the cheese or bake ahead of time. Use your choice of elbow or egg noodles.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot with boiling salted water cook pasta until al dente. Drain.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook ground beef until no pink remains. Add onions and celery and cook until they are softened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in tomato soup, tomato sauce, and water. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  • In a casserole dish, mix together the cooked and drained pasta with the meat mixture.

  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle the top with grated Cheddar cheese and continue to cook until cheese is melted, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

553 calories; protein 31g 62% DV; carbohydrates 33.5g 11% DV; fat 32.7g 50% DV; cholesterol 132.3mg 44% DV; sodium 858.8mg 34% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2007
One of the best Johnny Marzetti recipes I've tried yet! Easy, versatile, makes a lot so leftovers are a definite the next day. We use elbow macaroni, and added extra cheese as a personal preference. Kids and adults alike gobbled it up, the casserole was cleaned out quite quickly. Will definitely be making this again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
I'm still looking for a recipe for something similar that my husband and I ate at school. When I read this I thought I found it. I was disappointed. Although it's not bad it's not particularly good. It's a good recipe to keep on hand since it requires so few ingredients and I usually have them on hand but it won't be in my regular rotation. I found the tomato soup too sweet and the cheese overpowering. Maybe next time I'll use more tomato sauce and eliminate the soup and use cheddar instead of American cheese. Read More
(10)
43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2007
One of the best Johnny Marzetti recipes I've tried yet! Easy, versatile, makes a lot so leftovers are a definite the next day. We use elbow macaroni, and added extra cheese as a personal preference. Kids and adults alike gobbled it up, the casserole was cleaned out quite quickly. Will definitely be making this again! Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
I'm still looking for a recipe for something similar that my husband and I ate at school. When I read this I thought I found it. I was disappointed. Although it's not bad it's not particularly good. It's a good recipe to keep on hand since it requires so few ingredients and I usually have them on hand but it won't be in my regular rotation. I found the tomato soup too sweet and the cheese overpowering. Maybe next time I'll use more tomato sauce and eliminate the soup and use cheddar instead of American cheese. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2007
Your version has become a family favorite. As with many good recipes this tastes even better the next day after sitting in the fridge and reheated. Thank you for this great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2005
I thought this was great. A big hit with my Husband and Son. I did use 2 cups of noodles istead of 1 cup(8oz). I also did not use as much cheese as called for. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2011
Yummy i omitted the celery and still came out good. I also only used 1/2 C of water. will definiteyl make again. so quick and easy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
Very good for a quick fix. I used stew meat cut into small pieces instead of ground beef (because that is what i had) and I'm going to make it that way from now on. The bigger meat chunks were really satisfying. Cooked in a dutch oven layered with egg noodles...soooo yummmy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/14/2008
My kids really really liked this recipe. I did omit the celery because my husband really detests it. I made it in the morning and stuck it in the fridge and hubby stuck it in the oven at dinner time and it came out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2011
I left out the tomato sauce and added another half can of soup. It's just like my mom made when I was a kid:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2011
This was delicious! My husband asked me to make more a couple of days later! I added about 2 or 3 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce...which I think makes it perfect! YUM! A keeper for sure! Read More
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