Johnny Marzetti Casserole


Kids love this buffet-ready Johnny Marzetti casserole. My mother-in-law used to make a simpler version of this for my husband when he was growing up. This version pushes the flavor profile a bit. Sometimes I let the casserole sit overnight before baking, as the flavors improve and the pasta absorbs some of the sauce, so the consistency is just right.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
1 7x11-inch casserole


  • cooking spray

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ½ pound bulk mild Italian sausage

  • ¾ cup chopped onion

  • ¼ cup chopped celery

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced green bell pepper

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (14.4 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 7x11-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rotini and cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 6 to 8 minutes; drain. Run cold water over pasta to stop it from cooking further.

  3. While the pasta is cooking, cook ground beef and sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat until completely browned and crumbly, 7 to 10 minutes. Add onion, celery, garlic, and bell pepper; cook and stir until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  4. Spread pasta over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle Italian cheese blend over rotini, then pour meat sauce over top. Cover the dish with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle Cheddar cheese over the casserole. Continue to bake until Cheddar has melted, about 5 minutes. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

790 Calories
53g Fat
39g Carbs
41g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 790
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 67%
Saturated Fat 25g 126%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 1301mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 41g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 559mg 43%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 817mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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