Italian Casserole

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Gail Welch

By
@sugarshack

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.

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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! The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 4 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
30 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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  • 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
    sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    oregano leaves
  • 2 c
    mozzarella cheese
  • 20 slice
    pepperoni
  • 2 Tbsp
    grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

How to Make Italian Casserole

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook rotini in boiling water 7-9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. While rotini is cooking, brown seasoned ground chuck (with salt and pepper) and onion (if desired).
  3. Combine 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.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce in bottom of 3 qt casserole dish. Pour half of beef and pasta mixture over sauce.
  5. Top with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Then pour remaining meat and pasta mixture over top.
  6. Add 1 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of meat mixture.
  7. Place 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




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