Johnny Marzetti

This big mess in a dish was developed and named by Teresa Marzetti, a woman who moved to Columbus, Ohio from Florence, Italy in the late 1800s. She started a restaurant that was initially a popular place for OSU students, but eventually it grew into a four-star restaurant. The restaurant closed in 1972 when Teresa died, but her name is still attached to a line of salad dressings, something she was famous for, along with Johnny Marzetti. In New England, this stuff is known as American Chop Suey.

Serves 6 to 8

1 16-oz package rigatoni or your favorite pasta
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup celery, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
1 29-oz. can diced tomatoes
6 oz. tomato paste
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 cups grated mozzarella (or use your favorite cheese)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

• Preheat oven to 375˚.
• Cook pasta according to package directions.
• Brown meat, onions, green peppers, and celery. Stir in seasonings. Mix with pasta, tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley, 1 cup of grated cheese, and the Parmesan. Spread in 9x13 baking dish and top with remaining cheese.
• Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

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