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  • Brown beef in medium to large skillet; drain off grease. Stir in seasoning mix, tomato paste, water, cooked macaroni, corn and half of the cheese. Pour into lightly greased casserole and top with remainder of cheese. Bake, uncovered, in 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes.

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  • wynnebaer 8 years ago
    Gotta try this...Love the warm and fuzzy feeling I got reading the ingredients...I think I'd leave the corn out too and serve it on the side...Great post....:)
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  • jones2888 8 years ago
    I have lived in Columbus, Ohio all my life - so I was raised on this stuff. It was cheap and quick to make and filled you up. I adore it! It's great comfort food. And according to the Columbus Dispatch this recipe originated at the Marzetti Restaurant located here in Columbus. Most times I'll leave the corn out and sprinkle cheese on it after it comes out of the oven, instead of while it's in the oven.

    here is more information about 'Johnny Marzetti" via Wikipedia.
    Johnny Marzetti originated in Columbus, Ohio at Marzetti's, an Italian restaurant established in 1896 at Woodruff Avenue and High Street by an Italian immigrant named Teresa Marzetti.[2][3] One of the dishes Marzetti offered her customers was a baked casserole of ground beef, cheddar cheese, tomato sauce, and noodles that she named for her brother-in-law, Johnny.[4] Teresa Marzetti was the first person to serve the casserole Johnny Marzetti in a restaurant.[5] Proximity to the nearby Ohio State University helped the first restaurant succeed and spread Marzetti's fame.[6]

    By the 1920s, it had become popular across Ohio and the Midwestern United States. The original restaurant closed in 1942, but a second location, opened in 1919, remained in operation until Teresa Marzetti died in 1972.[7] Marzetti's later became known for various salad dressings, which are still produced under the T. Marzetti Company label.

    Johnny Marzetti also became a popular dish in the former Panama Canal Zone.[8] Some locals in this region felt that the dish originated there, and they referred to it as "Johnny Mazetti".[8]
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  • tillia 8 years ago
    OMG! I thought the term/name Jonny Marzetti was a made up thing. I work in an "Institution" type place, where meals are provided, however, I choose to not partake, and bring in my own meals. A few months ago I asked what "that" was and told "Johnny Marzetti". I had never noticed it in 11 yrs., and was then told all kinds of stories, as to it's origins. Do you know how it came to be named such?
    BTW>>>I am very sure that your recipe will be WAY better than theirs. I will try it. And take it in on a "Johny Marzetti" dinner night!
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