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Italian Pasta Casserole Recipe

Italian Pasta Casserole Recipe

All the traditional flavors abound in this dish reminiscent of lasagna. “This is a zippy and hearty recipe that our family and guests really like.”—Denise Rasmussen, Salina, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 ounces sliced turkey pepperoni
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, crumble beef and sausage into a large skillet; add onion. Cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  • 2. Drain pasta; stir in meat mixture and pepperoni. Transfer half of the pasta mixture to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with half of the cheese; repeat layers.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 335 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 752mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat.

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mrs._white User ID: 7182927 261660
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2017

"This was delicious! Made a few minor changes, used a 12 oz. can of homemade canned tomatoes and a 12 oz. can of homemade canned basil & garlic tomato sauce as well as basil and garlic tomato paste. It was a winner!"

julesinmd User ID: 7135098 221631
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"I made this recipe with only minor changes--I used an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce instead of tomato paste and a little bit of leftover spaghetti sauce. We really enjoyed it and my husband said to "move it up on the list." The casserole was very filling and had a lot of flavor."

aswijg User ID: 5705880 158442
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"Disappointing. Had high hopes. First, thought the sauce to pasta ratio wrong. Too little pasta for amount of sauce. Then, even with all the spices found it quite bland. I should have kicked them up, but always try on the first shot to adhere strictly to the recipe. This one wasn't even appealing enough for me to adjust for personal taste and try again."

jacko1 User ID: 2828003 173620
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2012

"my husband and I really liked this dish. I like the fact that you can tweek it to what you have on hand and it still is good."

rconeh User ID: 5775462 94331
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"This is WONDERFUL. Thanks for sharing. The only thing I did differently was to chop the sausage instead of peeling and crumble . . . the reason was simply just to have a variety of textures. My husband said, "definitely add this to your collection." Took a plate to my best buddy and she gave it two thumbs up. Thanks again!!!"

pankuch1605 User ID: 4948812 90818
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"All i can say is hoe awesome this was! It will be one recipe my family requests . We just love anything with ground meat in it. And this recipe did not let me down. Perfect all the way around. You can adjust most of the ingredients in it to suite your taste. I always increase the chilli powder as we love spicy food. and spicy is good for you as it has been proven to wored of certain cancers."

barlows User ID: 6227859 176856
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"To make this heart healthy I would not include the ground beef or the pepperoni"

jenskiddo User ID: 5900868 115529
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Anxious to try this recipe"

FuzzLB User ID: 4181626 106032
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2010

"I cut this recipe in half and made it for 2 and it was very good."

andij68 User ID: 336620 160729
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"My 3 kids all liked this esp. since I called it pizza pasta :) I left out the gr. beef, used a bit more sausage and 3 oz turkey pep. because that's what I had on hand. I also left out the chili powder and it tasted great. easy too. will definitely make this again."

gtuggs User ID: 1878330 163650
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"Very Very good...made some slight alterations (add some basil), but very good."

willeybs User ID: 1383819 94329
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2008

"Love this recipe, I make a double batch of the sauce and freeze it for another quick meal!"

shelli1542 User ID: 1525176 158441
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2008

"Our entire family loved this recipe - even the kids!"

KWhitehead User ID: 956468 106029
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2008

"Wow. This is so decadent for a lighter recipe. Delicious!"

womo User ID: 1554423 163646
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2008

"My wife made this last night and it was delicious!!"

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