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


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