Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
The prized dish of Columbus, Ohio makes its nostalgic and triumphant return! Johnny Marzetti Casserole has been a favorite for over 100 years and for good reason: the beef is juicy, the noodles are tender, and the cheddar cheese is sharp and melty. It’s a savory and spectacular main course perfect for serving alongside garlic bread. This is an unforgettable family dinner.
Ingredients• 1 1/2 pounds ground beef • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste • 1 (1.31 ounce) package sloppy joe seasoning mix • 1 1/4 cups water • 1 (15.25 ounce) can corn, drained • 4 cups elbow macaroni, cooked to just shy of al dente (2-3 minutes less than recommended according to package directions) • 1 (4 ounce) can mushrooms, optional, drained and sliced • 1 (8 ounce) package cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, about 5-7 minutes.
Drain the fat from the skillet.
Stir in the tomato paste, seasoning mix, and water, heating and stirring until fully combined.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
Mix in the corn, macaroni, mushrooms, and 1 cup of the cheese.
Bake for 45 minutes, uncovered.
Sprinkle the casserole with the remaining cheese.
Bake until the cheese is fully melted, about 10 minutes.