Italian sausage-noodle casserole by Mama Steph

Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 2:09 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 1:37 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - This cheesy, comfort-food perfection casserole is known in some regions as Johnny Marzetti. It’s so good and so easy to make. Give it a try!

Italian sausage-noodle casserole

  • Cooking spray
  • 12-ounce bag dried egg noodles
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water (saved from cooking the noodles)
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add 12 ounces dried egg noodles and cook according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 pound Italian sausage and cook, breaking the meat up into pieces, until the pink starts to disappear, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chopped bell pepper, the onion, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 8 minutes. While the sausage mixture cooks, shred the cheese if not using pre-shredded.
  • Add 1 can tomato sauce and 1/4 cup pasta water to the sausage mixture and stir to combine. Cook until bubbly and heated through, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the cooked noodles and 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese. Stir to coat the noodles. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese on top is melted and turning golden brown.

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