Meaty Pasta Casseroles
Total TimePrep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min.
Makes2 casseroles (6 servings each)
- 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 shredded Swiss cheese, divided
- 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1-1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 jar (24 ounces) three-cheese spaghetti sauce
- 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.
- Drain pasta; add to the meat mixture. Stir in the tomatoes, sausage and garlic spaghetti sauce, salsa and pepperoni.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Divide half the pasta mixture between 2 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 3-cheese spaghetti sauce over each. Top with remaining pasta mixture and 3-cheese spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
- Cover and bake until bubbly, about 25 minutes. Uncover; bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes longer.
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.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 669 calories, 34g fat (15g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 1825mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 5g fiber), 37g protein.
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May 26, 2017
Made this awhile ago and had the second one in the freezer. Several days ago we lost our Brother-in law to cancer. We pulled the second one out of the freezer and brought it to my Sister's home because we knew there would be a lot of people there. It was a big hit and feed a lot of people. Going to make it again just to have ready in freezer for next emergency.
Jan 17, 2017
This recipe is fabulous!!! I have a family of 6 so a 9x13 is perfect for us!! And another one to freeze. We were so impressed!!! The only thing I added was a lot of fresh minced garlic (heaping soup spoon full). Added it with the other veggies.
Oct 14, 2015
This is a keeper. Easy to make and loved by everyone.
Nov 20, 2014
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.
Jun 27, 2014
Loved this dish found it great to make and use at large family functions Simply Delicious 5+ stars from our family.
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!!!
Oct 18, 2012
I have made this dish twice now for guest. It is a keeper and I look forward to making it again.
Sep 30, 2012
Delicious! I made this with italian turkey sausage...
Sep 13, 2012
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!!
Sep 9, 2012
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!!