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Johnny Marzetti

Johnny Marzetti is an Ohio recipe which combines macaroni pasta with a ground beef tomato sauce, baked in a casserole and topped with cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8


  • 16 oz macaroni pasta
  • 2 lbs ground sirloin
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small yellow onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded


  • In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground sirloin. Break up the meat and cook until no longer pink.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for about one minute, until fragrant.
  • Stir in the sugar, oregano, salt, crushed tomatoes, beef broth and chili garlic sauce. Bring to a simmer. Stir well.
  • Cover the pan and allow to gently simmer while the pasta is cooking.
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cook the macaroni pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta.
  • Stir the cooked pasta into the meat sauce.
  • Spread the macaroni and sauce evenly in a large casserole dish.
  • Top the pasta with the shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Bake the casserole in the oven for about 45 minutes, until hot and the cheese is melted.