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: 2 starch, 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 0 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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cbenne12 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 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 156633
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

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

blueturtle 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 156631
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"this! is a comfort food."

chille 207632
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Add a can of diced tomatoes next time."

vwgirl9 62288
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

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

cookbobbi 138238
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

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

Gwenbugg 80010
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

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

ranmom79 161099
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"made this at Ronald McDonald House and received rave thank yous for real food"

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