a plate of lasagna casserole known as Johnny Marzetti

Johnny Marzetti - Lasagna Casserole

Johnny Marzetti is a lasagna casserole recipe that is comfort food at its finest. This popular pasta dinner is a great way to feed a crowd on a budget, It also makes a great freezer meal.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword budget friendly dinners, Johnny Marzetti, lasagna casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 806kcal
Author Michelle


  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ITALIAN seasoning
  • 1 lb hamburger cooked and drained
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 box penne or macaroni noodles
  • 2 C Hunts tomato sauce
  • 3/4 c water


  • In a large pot boil water and cook noodles according to box, drain. I use penne noodles.
  • In a large skillet brown onion & hamburger until hamburger is cooked through.
  • Drain.
  • Place meat mixture back into the skillet adding in Italian Seasoning, sugar, pepper, tomato sauce and water. Mix together.
  • In the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish place 4 tablespoons of meat mixture and spread. This will ensure the noodles don't stick to the bottom of the pan as if you were cooking Lasagna.
  • Spoon noodles over the top of the sauce and add another layer of sauce, alternating until no more noodles and sauce mixture remain. Toss together to coat all the noodles.
  • Top with your favorite cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20-30 minutes until the casserole is heated all the way through and the cheese is melted. If you want to brown the cheese a bit remove the foil and let cook for another 10-15 minutes.


Calories: 806kcal | Carbohydrates: 158g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1219mg | Potassium: 876mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 7.4mg