Tallerini Casserole

Tallerini Casserole

What’s in a name?  My mom made “Johnny Marzetti,” and my MIL made, “Tallerini!”

Whatever you call it, through the years Tallerini Casserole has been a tasty, easy, inexpensive, dish, that both sides of our family have enjoyed. I like to make it for a large gathering, and it freezes well, but most especially, it’s a great dish to share with family, friends and neighbors who are in need of a little TLC, earning the nickname, (at our house), “Compassionate Casserole.”

 Tallerini Casserole

 I know my family loves Tallerini Casserole and my friends I share it with request the recipe. I wrongly assumed everybody makes this one! We always serve it at informal family parties with broiled garlic-cheesy bread, a tossed green salad and root-beer floats!
I cook the sauce and noodles ahead of time and make this in quantity. It tastes a little like spaghetti. I like to serve it for big groups, because the pasta always glob and sticks together when I make big batches of spaghetti noodles, and the people at the end of the line aren’t thrilled with their serving! This recipe on the other hand, comes right out of the oven, sauced, hot and delicious and can be served easily…without globby noodles! It holds up well for second helpings too. It makes 2- 9×13″ pans, and I would say, depending on your eaters, 24 to 36 servings.
Now for the step by step instructions…
I like to use lean ground beef, less fat and less waste. Brown and drain it in a 5 quart or larger pot.
Sauté onion and green pepper till tender crisp. Add the ground beef back to the pot…
add olives, sliced in half, corn, can use creamed or whole kernel, and I like Prego.
Add salt and pepper, and I like to use some Italian herbs of choice, season and taste. Now let it simmer for at least an hour, 2 if you can!
You need 2 (16 oz) packages of egg noodles and a BIG pasta pot that holds 8 to 10 quarts of water.
Add the noodles to boiling water, stir and cover. I take it off the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
In a large mixing bowl, mix it gently with the sauce.
Spray your dish with non-stick spray. Add the sauce and noodles. Cover with shredded cheese and pop it in a 350 degree oven. Bake uncovered till noodles and cheese look bubbly (and I like to brown it a little too), between 30 to 45 minutes.
While your casserole is baking, split a loaf of French bread in half lengthwise. Score the bread into slices. Mix 1 cube of soft butter with 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and 1 to 2 cloves of fresh garlic, that you’ve smashed. Spread it on your prepared bread and then sprinkle it with grated mozzarella cheese. Just before your casserole is ready, tuck your cheesy-bread under your preheated broiler. Watch it carefully…(unlike me today, my edges are a little too crispy), it will get toasty and bubbly quickly!
Serve with green salad topped with Olive Garden Salad Dressing, and our family loves good-old root-beer floats for dessertfeel the LOVE!

Tallerini Casserole
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Tallerini Casserole is an easy to make ahead casserole, great for serving crowds or for taking to those in need of some TLC. It comes out of the oven hot and bubbly and is a loved family favorite.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 24-36
  • 3 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 chopped yellow onions
  • 2 chopped green peppers
  • 1 (4 lb. 3 oz) jar Prego sauce
  • 2 (14½ oz) cans creamed corn or whole kernel corn
  • 2 (14½ oz) pitted black olives, sliced
  • 2 (16 oz) packages wide egg noodles
  • 1 pound shredded medium cheddar cheese
  1. Brown ground beef and drain any fat.
  2. Sauté onion and peppers till tender crisp.
  3. Add beef, Prego, corn, and olives.
  4. Let it simmer low for an hour.
  5. Cook egg noodles in boiling water as directed. Drain and rise.
  6. Add to meat sauce and and pour into 2 (9x13) baking pans.
  7. Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until the cheese is bubbly.

If you’ve never tried this, I hope you love it…happy baking and thanks for stopping by!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. GardenofDaisies

    The casserole looks so delicious! I love quick fix dinners. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us!

  2. Julie

    Looks delicious! Root Beer Floats are an old childhood favorite! I think last Friday was National Root Beer Day 🙂

  3. Always Nesting

    Yummy!! I always love your recipes. I picked up some buttermilk to make your pound cake. Now I’m off to hunt for the recipe and try not to get distracted or I will be in your blog doing the happy dance for an hour 🙂

  4. Julie Harward

    This looks very good to me…I just love a great cassarole, down home good cooking! thanks for sharing it! Come say hi 😀

  5. kim

    Thanks so much for coming by and the sweet comment. This recipe sounds yummy no matter what you call it. Wow, fifteen grandkids. I have two and another on the way.

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    I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
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  7. Sherry

    This sounds delish! Whatever the name is – just call it “All Gone”! 😀

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. julie

    I’m always looking for yummy casserole dishes. this one definitely looks like a winner! I love the addition of corn to it. It gives it that extra little crunch and color.

    Thank you for sharing and thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I’m glad I found you!

  9. Cottage Sisters

    This looks good and it would be easy to make a vegetarian version. Thanks! Have a wonderfulday.

  10. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Oh yum! What a great Do It Yourself project. You are a clever and creative gal.

    I just completed a project that took 23 years. Come take a peek.

  11. Ginger

    That looks easy and so good at the same time.

  12. Brenda

    We call it Johnny Marzetti and we love it!

  13. Always Nesting

    Woo Hoo! I’m so glad you linked this recipe to Woo Hoo! Wednesday. It’s definitely a great recipe to share.

  14. Blommi

    The corn is a surprising addition, but it sure looks good. My husband would like this.

  15. Stacey

    Oh my, that sounds delicious! I love the name Compassionate Casserole. Adding this to my favorites right now!

  16. Cindy

    Mmmm…that sounds good, I think I will make that one next time I have company. Thanks so much~

  17. ButterYum

    Looks like a satisfying meal to me!

    If you ever serve another large batch of pasta, be sure to coat it with a bit of olive oil while it’s still hot. That way it won’t stick together in a solid mass by the time that last person is served. And don’t you listen to anyone who tells you that will keep the sauce from sticking to the pasts – nonsense. A little trick from my Italian kitchen to yours!


  18. Anonymous

    My family calls it Johnny Marzetti, my cousins call it Jean Marzetti. We make it differently, not as many veggies and with tomato juice instead of spaghetti sauce but it sure is yummy!!

  19. Jerri

    Great recipe! I love making casseroles! Thanks for linking for Friday Favorites!


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