History of Johnny Marzetti
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. One of the dishes Marzetti offered her customers was a baked casserole of ground beef, cheese, tomato sauce, and noodles that she named for her brother-in-law, Johnny. Teresa Marzetti was the first person to serve the casserole Johnny Marzetti in a restaurant. Proximity to the nearby Ohio State University helped the first restaurant succeed and spread Marzetti's fame.
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. 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. Some locals in this region felt that the dish originated there, and typically referred to it as "Johnny Mazetti".
1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced celery
1 can tomato sauce
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 oz each - grated cheese cheese and mozzarella cheese
1 lb dry macaroni
Cook macaroni, drain and set aside.
Brown ground beef until almost brown. Add celery, onion, garlic, cook until meat is done and veggies are tender. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and seasonings. Simmer about 10 minutes. Let cool.
In a large bowl, mix cooked macaroni with meat mixture. Mix in one 8 oz bag of mozzarella.
Spray 13x9 pan with PAM, add meat and macaroni mixture. Top with cheddar cheese and bake uncovered for 35 minutes at 350'.