Meaty Pasta Casseroles Recipe
- 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound bulk Italian pork sausage
- 1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, chopped
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes
- 1 jar (23-1/2 ounces) Italian sausage and garlic spaghetti sauce
- 1 jar (16 ounces) chunky mild salsa
- 1 package (8 ounces) sliced pepperoni, chopped
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided
- 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1-1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 jar (24 ounces) three-cheese spaghetti sauce
- 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook beef, sausage, mushrooms, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
- 2. Drain pasta; add to the meat mixture. Stir in the tomatoes, sausage and garlic spaghetti sauce, salsa and pepperoni.
- 3. Preheat oven to 350° . Divide half of pasta mixture between two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle each with 1/4 cup Swiss cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Spread 3/4 cup of three-cheese spaghetti sauce over each. Top with remaining pasta mixture and three-cheese spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
Cover and bake 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Freeze option: Cover unbaked casserole and freeze for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole, covered, 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).
1 serving equals 669 calories, 34 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 1,825 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 37 g protein.
Reviews for Meaty Pasta Casseroles
"This is a keeper. Easy to make and loved by everyone."
"This is everyone's absolute favorite thing I make. It's an impressive dish that everyone loves. It's also great because it makes two pans, so you can freeze the second one to eat at a later date."
"Loved this dish found it great to make and use at large family functions Simply Delicious 5+ stars from our family."
"This recipe is fabulous!! There are only two of us, so I put in 8x8 casseroles, cooked one and froze the remainder. We have leftovers for tomorrow! Cant wait to finish. It does make a lot. It did take me a little longer than 45 minutes to prepare, but was worth the time!!! Thank you so much and keep those recipes coming!!!"
"I have made this dish twice now for guest. It is a keeper and I look forward to making it again."
"Delicious! I made this with italian turkey sausage..."
"Amazing dish! I didn't need to change a thing - this has SO much flavor and was so easy to make! A BIG HIT with my family, I will definitely be making it again! Thanks!!"
"Thoroughly enjoyed this recipe! Just use your imagination for lighter substitutes if you want less fat/sodium, etc. However, I LOVE getting recipes just like this. I rarely follow the recipe word for word, but add and delete what I want and it is superb!!"
"I agree there are a lot of ways to "lighten" this up, chicken sausage for example. Recipes are created as a guide, use your imagination. I don't like pepperoni, so I eliminated that. I doubt the "recipe police" will be after me."
"Regi M, thank you for your excellent comments. Wonderful recipe! Thanks to Debra."
"Wonderful traditional casserole that has been added to my favourites! There was a review by claudeusgothicus on March 1, 2010 that expressed pretty much what I feel about negative reviews by people who don't like the fat, salt or other aspects of a recipe. We who like old fashioned recipes are not interested in comments by people who wouldn't even make this recipe or have the smarts to adjust it to their liking. These old recipes had to feed people who worked hard - a large number on farms - and needed all the calories they could get as they burned them off and didn't sit in front of a TV or computer. My farm relatives are/were not overweight and many live into their late 80's and 90's with relatively few health problems. I like seeing the original recipes and I like to play with variations on a theme - please keep the originals coming! I used two large onions in this and a tablespoon of garlic powder (I was out of fresh) for starts. I also like to see recipes for a large number of servings so I can freeze a portion or use the whole thing for potlucks, etc."
"Excellent! love the flavors! It's easy to adjust to your families likes or dislikes. It's nice that it makes two casseroles you can share one and have a meal for yourself to. Very worth the time and effort!"
"Make this up and then divide it into freezer containers. Want a quick bite, add a bit of water and into the Microwave. Puppy hunts!"
"Looks great, tastes great but the calories, fat and sodium content are not healthy. It may be home cooked but truly a recipe for obesity and eaten rarely."
"I think the recipe is good, rich andFilling. With any recipe, you can changeAnd Modify to suit your diet, salt intake etc.But shouldn't be knocked if not tried.Just sayin"
"I served this to a group of pastors. Not one noodle was left over. Thanks, Debra!"
"This recipe was fabulous! It is not like your "regular" run of the mill pasta dish. It has a unique flavor that is very filling. This is a new favorite at our house!"
"I have made this several times for potlucks, friends who have had babies and for freezing. This is a HUGE recipe. 35 minutes of prep for lots and lots of yummy food. If you have a smaller family, quartering this casserole might be a good idea. Add a salad and bread and you have a feast. I highly recommend."
"Awesome dish! My kids request this one and even help me make it ."
"As soon as my husband saw this picture on the front of my TOH magazine, he insisted that I make it. I don't layer exactly like the recipe calls for, but close enough! It is delicious and I love that it makes 2 casseroles."
"This recipe sounds just right for my teen kids who are picky eaters. This recipe reminds me of one of our favorite pizzas 'the all meat special'. I am going to make this. I love old fashioned recipes. It always can be altered. The stores have everything low fat for substitues for this recipe for those who care to make the alterations. I would be very easy to do that. Thanks for this special recipe!! **smiles**"
"Very flavorful! I make lots of little casseroles to freeze, ready for our motorhome trips. "
"oops! I don't know what happened to the other star! I wanted to give this dish 4 stars and now it won't let me change it, sorry."
"Thank-you! We enjoyed this dish as is, plus it has given me some great ideas for a few variations. This dish is exactly what I was looking for, good old fashioned full flavored 'real' cooking! Not some skimpy imitation diet food that gets passed off as being 'good' just because it's supposed to be good for you! LOL "
"Delicious! I made this into 4 smaller casseroles and popped 3 in the freezer. I also used whole grain penne pasta."
"Very good but very high in saturated fat."
"Thank you very much for sharing this. My whole family loved it, even the picky eaters. Takes awhile to prepare but worth it. Will make a good pot luck item for holiday season."
"Prep. time almost 11/2hrs. to get everything done..But it was worth it very very good..."
"Use turkey sausage instead of beef, low fat swize cheese and 1/2 de pepperoni over whole wheat pasta. Not so guilty now!"
"When i first saw this i thought it sounded like a good dish but,after looking at the nutritional facts I think wow! Not very healthy eating."
"Awesome dish! I've made it many times and like socking one in the freezer for later!Holly"
"This was very good, and relatively easy to put together."
"This is really a delicious dish. Thank you for sharing!SKB"
"Wow, this is so good. I cut the recipe in half and made only one casseroles. It will be on my next party menu. I added salt and pepper and garlic to the meat mixture."
"Hey Judy,I am Deb Butcher, the person who submitted the Meaty Past Casserole. And you are correct it is an old fashion recipe I have had this recipe a long long time. However, I have had a chance to lose 75 lbs in the last two years and believe me - I love Italian cooking but, I have had to modify any recipe that I use to help make it diet friendly. There are alot of substitutes that can be used for this recipe. Ground Turkey for one. And, the taste is not quite the same, but when you are on a diet there are alot of things that you think you would not care for , but , they actually can become your favorite new flavors and tastes. Different seasonings really make a difference also. Try using Smoked Paprika or Lemon Pepper Seasoning If you would like, I can send you a more diet concious version of this to you. I choose to send the original version because it tastes wonderful and it truly has an original italian flavor- which is what the Taste of Home Book normally uses for their dishes. If I would have been sending this in for the new magazine Taste of Home Healthy Cooking - then I would have modified it and used ingredients that would have been suited for that particular magazine. Thank you for your imput, hope you can understand alittle better why I chose to send in this recipe."
"Since there's many delicious Low Fat Cheeses and other Low and No Fat products available today, Folks watching their Fat intake (such as myself) should simply substitute such products when making this Recipe or simply not make it at all. I appreciate having the Fat grams and other Nutritional info provided so I may *choose* if I want to make this dish or not.JMHO.Krissy~~~"
"I can't believe how old-fashioned this recipe is. Surely Taste of Home could have found a more updated dish for first prize."
"It really sounds delicious but I had the same thoughts when I read the recipe.BErb"
"Perhaps Healthy Cooking could lighten this up?"