Italian Hot Dish Recipe
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Italian Hot Dish Recipe

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My husband had a poor perception of healthy food until he tried this beefy casserole. The combination of pasta, oregano, mushrooms and green peppers make it a favorite in our house. —Theresa Smith of Sheboygan, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked small pasta shells
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 391 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 663mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the beef, 1/2 cup mushrooms, onion and green pepper until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain pasta; place in an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with meat sauce and remaining mushrooms. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Italian Hot Dish in Light & Tasty August/September 2006, p19

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sheltie44 User ID: 1020845 255027
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2016

"I've been making this recipe for many years. I got it from Taste of Home magazine years ago. It's still a favorite in our home. Everyone loves it!"

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 229830
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"Very easy to make, but I think I will add some sun-dried tomatoes to my next batch to increase the flavor a bit."

Hatcher09 User ID: 7419857 79068
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"I love this dish idea. I change almost every recipe so I do Italian seasoned ground turkey (that way you actually don't need to add spices and it's got lots of flavor) I add minced garlic when browning the turkey and veggies. I also use a whole bag of mozzarella cheese on top and I only bake for like 25 minutes and then take the lid off for 10 more minutes. I also over cook so all the ingredients are doubled in my bake. But everyone in my house loves this dish!!!"

Jami4 User ID: 5573747 156633
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"kids liked it more than I did. a bit bland"

blueturtle User ID: 5823278 207633
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"Absolutely fabulous!! I changed the hamburger to half sausage and half turkey and instead of using tomato sauce used spaghetti sauce and it was magnificoo!"

homelinda User ID: 6011540 156631
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"this! is a comfort food."

chille User ID: 6956405 207632
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Add a can of diced tomatoes next time."

vwgirl9 User ID: 6542372 62288
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"Greasy so remember to drain ground beef before adding things."

cookbobbi User ID: 3115706 138238
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"Great recipe especially the sauce. Planning to make some of the sauce up to freeze. Thanks for sharing."

Gwenbugg User ID: 6445747 80010
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"When my husband eats the leftovers, you know it was good."

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