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Meaty Pasta Casseroles Recipe
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Meaty Pasta Casseroles Recipe

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I love this recipe because it makes a lot—two hearty casseroles. Every time I fix it, I add something different, such as extra garlic, to give it a little extra flavor. —Debra Butcher, Decatur, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 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

Nutritional Facts

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.

Directions

  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.
  4. Cover and bake 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 casseroles (6 servings each).
Originally published as Meaty Pasta Casseroles in Taste of Home August/September 2008, p39

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Jun. 27, 2014

Loved this dish found it great to make and use at large family functions Simply Delicious 5+ stars from our family.

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Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

This pasta casserole was great! Easy to make and it was a great hit with my family. I did leave out the pepperoni and it was still delicious. This recipe is a keeper.

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Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

This recipe is great, so easy and very flavorful. I followed the recipe all the way through and it was super yummy. you could leave out the shredded cheeses, the jar of three cheese sauce and not bake in the oven and it's still delicious!!! My mom doesn't like a lot of cheese so she tried it before transferring the pasta mixture into the baking dishes and she loved it.

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Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

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!!!

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Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

I have made this dish twice now for guest. It is a keeper and I look forward to making it again.

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