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Fanny's Italian Casserole Recipe

Fanny's Italian Casserole

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"To my family, this is known as 'Fannie's Junk,' named after my great-aunt who gave this recipe to my mom over 30 years ago. This is comfort food at its best, and an old family favorite. Serve with salad and crusty bread. "

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 55 mins

    2 hrs 25 mins


  1. Place the hamburger into a large saucepan over medium heat, and cook and stir the meat until no longer pink, breaking the meat up into crumbles as it cooks, about 10 minutes. Stir in the onion and continue to cook and stir until the onion is translucent, about 5 more minutes. Drain grease from the pan, and stir in the 2 jars of sauce, basil, bay leaf, oregano, and celery salt. Reduce heat, and simmer the sauce for 1 hour. Remove from heat.
  2. About 15 minutes before the sauce is finished simmering, fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. Whisk together the mushroom soup and water in a bowl until smooth.
  5. Layer 1/3 of the meat sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, and spread half of the cooked macaroni over the sauce. Spoon half the soup mixture over the macaroni, and spread 1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese. Repeat the layers with 1/3 of the remaining sauce, the remaining pasta, the remaining soup mix, and 1 more cup of Cheddar cheese. Spread the last third of the meat sauce over the casserole, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of Cheddar cheese. Spray a piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray, and cover the dish with the foil.
  6. Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake until the cheese topping is browned and the casserole is bubbling, about 15 more minutes.
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  • Cook's Note
  • Substitute milk for 1/2 cup of water if you prefer.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 01, 2010

Please try this. Yes, I'm the author and no it's not gourmet, but for moms on the go, it works. On the weekends, I would make my own spagehetti sauce, but we don't always have the luxury. Definitely add in the garlic, I usually do two crushed.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 21, 2010

Not yourself a favor and make your own tomato sauce with a good recipe such as Mariana.


11 Ratings

May 18, 2010

Very good. Makes a lot. Next time I make it I might put some garlic in. Yummy

Sep 23, 2014

My Mom used to make something similar when I was a kid, so I was craving it the other day. It was great! Did not disappoint. I did modify it a little, but only because of what I had on hand here at home. I added a bit of fresh minced garlic & instead of water, I used milk in with the soup & sauce. I omitted the cheese, only because I didn't have it on hand. It turned out terrific and the two men in my house said it was the best spaghetti they ever tasted. I served it with crusty bread....making for great 'spaghetti sandwiches'. YUMMY!

Oct 27, 2013

I love this recipe and use it quite often when I don't know what to make for dinner. I usually have all of the ingredients in the house. I didn't change the ingredients in the recipe at all but I do take short cuts, like I don't simmer it as long or layer it. I just add the mushroom soup to the saucepan and mix the cheese in with the noodles before pouring the sauce over the top of the noodles. I do save some cheese for the top too. It usually tastes better the second day for that reason, but I am a working mom and if I spend 2 1/2 hours cooking dinner we won't eat until 7 or 8.

Mar 08, 2011

Great weekday meal... Added con queso ( Jacked up Chhese dip / Sauce ) instead of water to the soup mixture.. was very good. Will make again.

Jun 21, 2010

I had an interesting taste. I didn't have all that time to wait for the sauce (1 hour.) Just took too much time over all.

Feb 10, 2013

I used wheat penna pasta and it was still very good. My family loved it. Easy to make.


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  • Calories
  • 431 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 17.8 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 4.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 19 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 898 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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