Italian Casserole

Gail Welch


I love the meaty marinara pasta that you can buy. So I decided to try to make it at home. It is easy to make and very appetizing. This taste like a cross between a meat lovers pizza and lasagna. I hope you like it.

★★★★★ 3 votes
15 Min
30 Min

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
We love meals that are easy to make and pack a punch of flavor. This is full of tomatoey flavor and has a great meaty taste throughout the dish. The bits of ooey, gooey cheese are perfect. Gail is right, it tastes like a cross between pizza and lasagna. So good!


2 c
rotini or any pasta
1 1/2 lb
ground chuck
1/2 tsp
salt or seasoned salt
1/2 tsp
black pepper (coarse ground)
1 small
white onion, chopped (optional)
2 1/2 c
spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce
1 can(s)
tomato paste (6 ounce)
1 can(s)
tomato sauce (8 ounce)
1/2-1 tsp
1/2 tsp
garlic salt
1/2 tsp
oregano leaves
2 c
mozzarella cheese
20 slice
2 Tbsp
grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

How to Make Italian Casserole


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook rotini in boiling water 7-9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • 2While rotini is cooking, brown seasoned ground chuck (with salt and pepper) and onion (if desired).
  • 3Combine pasta, 2 cups of spaghetti sauce (or pizza sauce), tomato paste, tomato sauce, sugar, garlic salt, and oregano. Add beef mixture to pasta and sauce.
  • 4Pour 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce in bottom of 3 qt casserole dish. Pour half of beef and pasta mixture over sauce.
  • 5Top with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Then pour remaining meat and pasta mixture over top.
  • 6Add 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of meat mixture.
  • 7Place pepperoni slices on top of cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes until hot and pepperoni is somewhat crisp. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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About Italian Casserole

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Casserole Crazy
Other Tag: Quick & Easy