Share Buttons

Sunday Dinner: Johnny Marzetti

Johnny Marzetti goes by alot of names.  Some call it golush, some call it just plain old red macaroni (that's what my Mom called when I was growing up).  It was a HUGE hit at our house and leftovers (if there were any) went fast.

The best part of this recipe, is that you can add some stuff, or if you don't have some of the stuff you can leave it out.  It can be meatless, you can make it double meat, however you want to customize it you can.   Below is the basic recipe that I build off.

Johnny Marzetti

2 TBSP of olive oil
1/2 of a medium white onion, finely chopped
1/2 of a medium green pepper, chopped 
2 gloves of garlic, minced
3/4 to 1 lb of ground beef
1 (14.5 oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can of tomato sauce
1 (4.5 oz) can of whole mushrooms, quartered
2 tsp of Italian seasoning (or to taste)
3/4 lb of elbow macaroni, cooked
Mozzarella cheese for topping 

Starting with a large skilled, add the olive oil to the pan, let it heat up for about 15-30 seconds, add the garlic, onion and green pepper, saute until until the onions and green peppers are soft.  Next, add ground beef, cook until browned.  At the same time, start the water for the macaroni.  

Once the ground beef is cooked, add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms and seasoning.  Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer until the macaroni is done.  Remove from heat, and then mix together.  

Top with cheese and serve.

Enjoy!  ~Cyn


  1. There are so many versions of this Ohio comfort meal I've been searching for. THIS IS THE ONE! In my opinion, marzetti should NOT be a casserole. Your recipe is exactly what I remember and love!! Tytytyty

  2. I made it to the tee. I ended up putting salt, pepper and more garlic and Italian seasoning in it. It was to bland to me. My boyfriend loved it. Maybe next time i will drain the diced tomatoes.


Post a Comment

I love to tell people what I'm thinking, I would love to know what you are thinking, please let me know!

Popular Posts