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Italian-Inspired Casserole

I come from a huge family, and it seems there is always a potluck occasion. No matter what time of year, this hearty, crowd-pleasing Italian casserole is always a hit. It's easy to make and serve. —Rita Goshaw, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    16-20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cans (8-3/4 ounces each) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 package (16 ounces) wide noodles, cooked and drained
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into strips

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook sausage, beef, onion and green pepper until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add corn and olives. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in noodles.
  • Pour into two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Top with cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 273 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 542mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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