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Meaty Pasta Casseroles Recipe

Meaty Pasta Casseroles Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Jones Dairy Farm All Natural Pork Sausage Roll
  • 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.
  • 4. 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 669 calories, 34g fat (15g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 1825mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 5g fiber), 37g protein.

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Neil User ID: 9177991 267348
Reviewed 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."

homemaker27 User ID: 6063773 259843
Reviewed 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."

SpunkeyKY User ID: 2629459 234932
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2015

"This is a keeper. easy to make and loved by everyone."

Juliad0514 User ID: 6926260 105698
Reviewed 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."

Countryladybug User ID: 7866994 107418
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."

Jeannines1949 User ID: 1151988 115076
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!!!"

123nancy User ID: 4991721 158194
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."

swinny User ID: 1858482 210056
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"Delicious! I made this with italian turkey sausage..."

icensnow80 User ID: 6608321 115074
Reviewed 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!!"

cherikzaiger User ID: 3790430 160437
Reviewed 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!!"

tsuop User ID: 6274346 173452
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"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."

Lizzie1013 User ID: 1870829 173451
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2012

"Regi M, thank you for your excellent comments. Wonderful recipe! Thanks to Debra."

Regi M User ID: 4585753 115071
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"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."

luvmykids furry ones too User ID: 5624417 105696
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"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!"

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 175143
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"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!"

mouse1966 User ID: 4126114 175142
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"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."

flashky User ID: 5314351 107417
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"I think the recipe is good, rich and

Filling. With any recipe, you can change
And Modify to suit your diet, salt intake etc.
But shouldn't be knocked if not tried.
Just sayin"

aprimarie1224 User ID: 5957808 163279
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"I served this to a group of pastors. Not one noodle was left over. Thanks, Debra!"

Eastern Plains Wen User ID: 3616977 141888
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"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!"

Tanya1969 User ID: 3862197 210055
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"Family Favorite!!!!"

hollysthebomb User ID: 6105968 94129
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"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."

Laura Moser User ID: 3332117 115010
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"Awesome dish! My kids request this one and even help me make it ."

curlysue024 User ID: 2353502 179519
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"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."

spikeymay User ID: 625230 176466
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"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**"

Sprowl User ID: 29186 160434
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"Very flavorful! I make lots of little casseroles to freeze, ready for our motorhome trips. "

claudeusgothicus User ID: 4900160 101583
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"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."

claudeusgothicus User ID: 4900160 173450
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"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 "

kathyfrance User ID: 1797176 89773
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2009

"Delicious! I made this into 4 smaller casseroles and popped 3 in the freezer. I also used whole grain penne pasta."

dilllady User ID: 4025912 94126
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"Very good but very high in saturated fat."

Arctic User ID: 76280 105694
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2009

"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."

jennifer.svensson User ID: 3636601 94125
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"Prep. time almost 11/2hrs. to get everything done..But it was worth it very very good..."

Aidasue User ID: 3788456 107416
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"Use turkey sausage instead of beef, low fat swize cheese and 1/2 de pepperoni over whole wheat pasta. Not so guilty now!"

jessi57ca User ID: 3788737 163277
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"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."

otten2 User ID: 363148 210054
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2009

"Awesome dish! I've made it many times and like socking one in the freezer for later!


strabue User ID: 3379399 176446
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2008

"This was very good, and relatively easy to put together."

SBernardez User ID: 1740352 94079
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"This is really a delicious dish. Thank you for sharing!


Smourer User ID: 1799175 173448
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2008

"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."

eat desserts User ID: 2552510 163209
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2008

"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."

bobswife User ID: 128998 89753
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008

"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.


judy1476 User ID: 2332052 210053
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008

"I can't believe how old-fashioned this recipe is. Surely Taste of Home could have found a more updated dish for first prize."

kb206 User ID: 2453937 210052
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2008

"It really sounds delicious but I had the same thoughts when I read the recipe.


msnider User ID: 1335753 176445
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2008

"Perhaps healthy Cooking could lighten this up?"

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